Groundbreaking ALS Voice of the Patient Report Submitted to FDA

The ALS Association submitted a report to the FDA documenting the real impact ALS has on people living with the disease and their caregivers in order to inform the development of treatments. The information in the report draws from a survey of people living with ALS.   

The ALS Voice of the Patient Report is a groundbreaking document that gives the FDA and other key stakeholders, including drug developers, health care providers, and insurance companies, data from people with ALS and caregivers about the  everyday impact and burden the disease has on peoples’ daily lives, their experiences with currently available treatments, and their hopes for future ALS therapies. This information is also intended to help provide context of the disease burden to the FDA to inform the Agency’s review of new drug applications. This report speaks loudly and clearly to the immense unmet medical need we all are working to confront.

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ALS Association Contributes $3.3 Million to Fund Groundbreaking Genome-Sequencing Database

A global, centralized, cloud-based repository of ALS genetic data is being assembled with funding from The ALS Association. This is the first such repository of its kind.

Much of the research aimed at finding a cure for ALS is in the area of genetics. Such work requires genomic sequencing, a process whereby individuals’ genes are mapped in a way that can be compared to the genes of others who do not have ALS in an effort to identify variations that may be factors in the development or progression of disease. 

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High School Students Spread Awareness and Raise Money for ALS Research

When the Biology Honors class kicked off a special course to learn more about neurological diseases, they turned it into a unified effort to educate their community and raise over $3,000 for ALS research.

The ALS Association spoke to some of the folks behind the project. 

It all began with a partnership between Great Valley High School, the Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research at the University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute, and the Beating the Odds Foundation, a Pennsylvania nonprofit that encourages kids to achieve success in school and in life.  At the beginning of the last school year, starting in September 2018, the students took a special honors course written and led by Kathleen Crisi and Christina Medvec, who are biology teachers at Great Valley High. 

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How ALS Association Advocates Boosted Congressional Funding for ALS Research

Last week Congress passed, and the president signed, a continuing resolution that will fund all federal programs at current levels through November 21. Before the continuing resolution expires, Congress must either pass full appropriations bills for the 2020 fiscal year or pass another continuing resolution. 

Now that a government shutdown has been averted until just before Thanksgiving, it is worth reflecting on the hard work and success The ALS Association and its advocates have had in securing funding for ALS research and to look ahead to what’s next.

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ALS Association Thanks Community Following FDA Release of Final Guidance Document

On Monday, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a finalized ALS Drug Development Guidance for Industry. This is one important step in comprehensive efforts to bring therapies to people with ALS more quickly. Five years ago, there was no clarity around what the FDA expected from companies pursuing ALS treatments. The ALS Association recognized this problem, galvanized the broader community, and engaged the FDA to provide a clear roadmap that also can respond to new science as it emerges. The FDA Guidance is one part of a commitment that will not be complete until we have a cure for all people with ALS. 

The ALS Association is in the process of carefully reviewing the final guidance document. We are grateful to people with ALS and their caregivers who have contributed to this process and we thank the FDA for incorporating this input, as well as recognizing the devastating impact of ALS. 

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A New Study Supported by The ALS Association May Provide a Novel Therapeutic Strategy for ALS

Research funded by The ALS Association found that defects in the mechanism that transports proteins and RNA between the nucleus and cytoplasm of cells within the human body may lead to ALS and that regulation of those systems could present a novel therapeutic strategy for ALS. 

Details of the study are provided in a new paper entitled, “Modulation of actin polymerization affects nucleocytoplasmic transport in multiple forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,” which was released August 23, 2019, in the journal Nature Communications

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The ALS Association Announces Two New Research Funding Opportunities

The ALS Association is inviting researchers to submit proposals for its Managing ALS Research Program and The 2019 Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Drug Development Program. Applicants are encouraged to apply no later than October 7, 2019.

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