Don Cleveland, a longtime MDA research grantee studying amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Election to the IOM is one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to science.
Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the IOM serves as an advisory organization to Congress and policymakers on important health questions. With their election, members make a commitment to volunteer their service on IOM committees, boards and other activities.
Cleveland is a professor of medicine, neurosciences, and cellular and molecular medicine at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in La Jolla, Calif. A recipient of MDA grants for ALS research since 1998, Cleveland’s current MDA grant, effective through July 2014, supports research into the connection between cellular "energy factories" known as mitochondria and ALS. He recently served as the keynote speaker at MDA's Neuron Symposium held May 22, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz.
Cleveland is one of 70 new members named Oct. 15, 2012, at the IOM's 42nd annual meeting in Washington, D.C.