MDA/ALS Newsmagazine Vol. 16, No. 5

September-October 2011

Cover Story

In its latest round of funding this July, MDA awarded nine grants totaling more than $2.5 million to research projects focused on uncovering the causes of, and developing therapies for, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The new grants were awarded to investigators at labs in the United States...


The lobby of the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea, Mass., is quiet and elegant, like the lobby of a fancy hotel. A fountain burbles in the background while comfortable chairs and sofas invite visitors to sit down and relax. In the sunny café, a gleaming glass case shows off fresh-baked...

Research Roundup

Disease 'in a dish' is a new tool for studying ALS An MDA-supported research team has created a human cellular model of ALS using cells taken from people with the ALS8 subtype of the disease, a familial (inherited) form of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) caused by mutations in the VAPB gene....