MDA/ALS Newsmagazine Vol. 15, No. 5

September-October 2010

Cover Story

Of mice and men: Is a research mouse with familial ALS a good model for nonfamilial ALS? Yes, say researchers, and here's why
Animal models — research animals with a form of the disease being studied — are one of the most important tools in ALS research today, says Fernando Vieira, director of in vivo validation at the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) of Cambridge, Mass. However, animal models must be carefully...

Features

With the holidays just around the corner and air travel likely for many families, now is the opportune time for people with disabilities to carefully plan their sojourns. Learn from others “Traveling with a disability is not easy, but with some extra preplanning and research, it is completely doable...
MDA has awarded 10 grants totaling nearly $3.5 million to fund research projects focused on uncovering the causes of and developing therapies for ALS. The new grants went to investigators at labs in the United States, Canada and Israel. MDA’s Board of Directors met in Los Angeles July 16, where it r...
The ALS TDI, an MDA-supported, nonprofit biotechnology organization in Cambridge, Mass., hosted a public webinar (online seminar) on July 27, 2010. Below is a summary of the main points of the report, which is archived on the ALS TDI website. Many compounds in development Steven Perrin, CEO and chie...

Research Roundup

ALS participants sought for study probing oxidative stress Investigators conducting a large study of a cell-damaging phenomenon called “oxidative stress,” common in ALS and other degenerative diseases, are seeking 420 people in whom ALS has recently been diagnosed. Environmental, lifestyle...

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