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Department of Defense To Open Grant Application Cycle for ALS Research

On February 23rd, the office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) released a pre-announcement through the Department of Defense Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Research Program (ALSRP) for the opening of the FY15 appropriations grant application cycle.  This pre-announcement is meant to give investigators the opportunity to…

Cognitive Impairment Comes Before Motor Degeneration in ALS, Study Shows

A research team led by Diego Minciacchi of the University of Florence in Italy identified a population of neurons that might explain the cognitive alterations antecedent to motor symptoms in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The study entitled, “Increased anxiety-like behavior and selective learning impairments are concomitant to…

ALS Patients’ Health Decisions Rely on Multiple Factors

A study at King’s College London with patients recruited from the South-East ALS Register in England concluded that decision-making processes for ALS patients are complex, multidimensional and need individualized treatment and more patient-focused support. The results were presented in a publication entitled: “Accepting or…

Cell Metabolite Reduces Neuronal Death in ALS, Study Shows

In a new study entitled “Neuronal death induced by misfiled prion protein is due to NAD+ depletion and can be relieved in vitro and in vivo by NAD+ replenishment,” researchers report that in protein misfolding neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, neuronal death…