MDA/ALS Newsmagazine Vol. 16, No. 2

March-April 2011

Cover Story

ALS can cause people to lose weight, and that's not a good thing
In ALS, there is a clear link between weight and survival. Studies show that people who are slightly overweight at the time of diagnosis, and people who maintain their weight through the course of the disease, live longer than those who start out thinner or lose weight as ALS progresses, said Anne-...

Features

MDA has awarded eight new grants totaling nearly $2.5 million to fund research into the causes of, and potential therapies for, ALS. The grants were reviewed and approved by the MDA Board of Directors in December 2010, based on recommendations from the MDA Scientific and Medical Advisory Committees....
New insights and perspectives on the biology of ALS, best practices in the care of individuals with the disease and future directions for development of ALS therapies were the central themes of the 21st International Symposium on ALS/MND (Motor Neuron Disease) that took place in Orlando, Fla., Dec....

Research Roundup

ALS TDI expansion among 2011 goals Building on progress made in 2010, the MDA-supported ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) has outlined a number of milestones it plans to meet in 2011.   Steve Perrin, ALS TDI chief scientific officer and CEO at the nonprofit biotech in Cambridge, Mass...

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