Mary Chapman, features writer —

Mary graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in journalism. She began her career at United Press International, then spent a decade reporting for the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (now Bloomberg Industry Group). Mary has written extensively for The New York Times, and her work has appeared in publications such as Time, Newsweek, Fortune, and the Chicago Tribune. She’s won a Society of Professional Journalists award for outstanding reporting.

Articles by Mary Chapman

Landmark ACT for ALS Act on President’s Desk

If signed by President Joe Biden, the bipartisan Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies (ACT) for ALS Act will fund crucial research into fast-progressing neurodegenerative disorders such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and provide patients with early access to promising treatment candidates. The legislation (HR 3537), which has passed the…

Home Test in UK Shows How Support Robot Could Help Patients

Before his recent death, motor neuron disease (MND) patient Anthony Walsh had the opportunity to try a prototype Toyota Human Support Robot (HSR), providing a glimpse into the kind of technology that could be used to help people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other MNDs with everyday tasks. Walsh, who was…

United to End MND ‘Disappointed’ by No UK Government Funding

The United to End MND campaign in the United Kingdom is “disappointed” the nation’s government did not accept its plea to invest £50 million (about $68 million) in targeted motor neuron disease (MND) research. MNDs are a group of progressive neurological disorders that includes amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly…

Numotion, Team Gleason Partner to Improve Patient Equipment Access

Numotion has partnered with Team Gleason — the nonprofit started by former pro football player Steve Gleason after his 2011 amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) diagnosis — to improve access to advanced equipment and technology for ALS patients and their families. The partners also will focus on developing mobility and…

Motor Neurone Disease Association Earns High Praise

The United Kingdom-based Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association was commended recently at the Third Sector Awards for its efforts in the MND community. The nonprofit organization won high commendations in the “Charity of the Year: Over £5M” category at the annual awards, which recognizes the achievements of charitable organizations and…

‘Spennylympics’ Duo in UK Raise £150,000 for MND Association

Completing their version of 102 Olympic events — including archery, diving, and fencing — in 17 days, Stuart Bates and Charlotte Nichols raised some £150,000 (about $207,000) for the U.K.’s Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association. The Oxfordshire duo wound up their grueling challenge, thought to be the first of…

ALS Cellucci Fund Marathoners Hope to Raise $50K

It’s been a decade since the first UMass ALS Cellucci Fund team first participated in the Boston Marathon to raise funds to support University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) researchers in their quest to find better treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). So, this year is significant. The…

Grants Support Reeve Foundation’s Paralysis Resource Center

The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC), a comprehensive support program for people with paralysis, was awarded a five-year, multi-million dollar grant by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Effective as of July, the cooperative agreement between the two runs through June…

Every ALS Patient in New Jersey to Get Free Eye Gaze Technology

Thanks to a new partnership, every amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patient in New Jersey, about 400 in total, will have free access to eye gaze technology that can aid them in communicating. As the name suggests, this assistive technology helps people with neurodegenerative diseases, such as ALS, to communicate…