What Research Is Being Done on ALS?


The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is one of the world’s leading funders of research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Its goals are to better understand the cellular mechanisms which lead to the development and subsequent progression of ALS, discover more about the genetics and risk factors associated with the disease, identify biomarkers, and to develop and improve treatments.

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Some of the current research programs for ALS include looking into what causes motor neuron cell death, the use of stem cells as possible treatments, comparing familial and sporadic ALS cases to identify genes involved in the development of the disease, discovering new biomarkers to improve the way the disease is diagnosed in patients, and new treatments and therapies including drugs, stem-cell therapy, antibodies, and gene therapies.

MORE: Nine things to know about the new ALS drug, Radicava.

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  1. Patricia White says:

    Who has information regarding whether the VA plans to make Radiclava available to veterans with ALS ? Who can I contact for information on this matter?

    • Thomas Farrell says:

      Have we gotten any word from the VA, on Radicava. It seems to me that the general public has had access since 11 Aug. 2017. It is a shame to think that this medication could provide 33% more life, and the VA is letting things sit, which means that we shall just go 33% faster!!!!

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