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Biogen Idec’s Rebranding Includes New Focus on ALS

Massachusetts-based pharmaceutical company Biogen Idec Inc. has decided to rebrand the company with a shorter name and a new logo, as well as by refocusing its work and abandoning its near exclusivity to multiple sclerosis (MS) drugs to also include research on conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Hypermethylation May Be Neuroprotective in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration

A research team at Penn Medicine recently found that hypermethylation is able to inhibit the development of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) in a study titled, “C9orf72 promoter hypermethylation is neuroprotective: Neuroimaging and neuropathologic evidence.” The results are published in the journal…

ALS Association Inaugurates Nevada Chapter

The ALS Association is inaugurating its new Nevada Chapter after the group joined 39 affiliates throughout the country to work in collaboration with the local community in order to support finding effective treatments and a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The National Board of Trustees of the association recently praised…

Two ALS Researchers Receive Sheila Essey Award

Robert Bowser from Barrow Neurological Institute and Adriano Chio from the University of Turin, Italy were recently awarded with the 2015 Sheila Essey Award by the American Academy of Neurology and the Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association. This award recognizes scientists’ research and contributions toward the prevention, management and eventual cure of ALS. Both researchers will receive the award…

MDA Hires ALS Scientific Program Officers For Its Team

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) continues to enhance its research and healthcare services programs and has recently hired two new Scientific Program Officers: Amanda Haidet-Phillips and Laura Hagerty, both Ph.D. They will be reporting to Grace Pavlath, also Ph.D, who joined MDA in the past year to be the Scientific Program Director…