Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

ALS — Jasna Kriz, Ph.D.

Jasna Kriz, associate professor in the department of psychiatry and neuroscience at Laval University, Quebec City, Canada, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $445,086 over a period of three years to help refine and describe a new mouse model that will enable scientists to visualize different aspects of the disease process in ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease).

ALS — Vasanthi Jayaraman, Ph.D.

MDA awarded $294,183 over three years to Vasanthi Jayaraman, an associate professor in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. The funds will help support Jayaraman’s study of the molecular mechanisms underlying motor neuron death in ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease).

ALS — Raymond Grill, Ph.D.

MDA has awarded a research grant totaling $202,508 over a period of three years to Raymond Grill, assistant professor in the department of integrative biology and pharmacology at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. The funds will support testing in the SOD1 mouse model of an experimental combination drug treatment in ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease).

ALS — Don Cleveland, Ph.D.

MDA has awarded a research grant totaling $429,983 over three years to Don Cleveland, departmental chair of cellular and molecular medicine; professor of medicine, neurosciences, and cellular and molecular medicine; and member of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in La Jolla, Calif. The funds will help support Cleveland’s research into the connection between mitochondria and ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease).

ALS/SMA — Michael Miller, Ph.D.

MDA has awarded a research grant totaling $350,133 over three years to Michael Miller, associate professor in the department of biology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

ALS — Jiou Wang, M.D., Ph.D.

MDA has awarded a research grant totaling $330,000 over three years to Jiou Wang, assistant professor of biochemistry & molecular biology and neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The new funds will help support Wang’s study of the molecular mechanisms underlying ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease).

ALS — Shanthini Sockanathan, Ph.D.

MDA has awarded a research grant totaling $396,000 over three years to Shanthini Sockanathan, associate professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. The new funds will help support Sockanathan’s study of motor neuron (nerve cell) development in neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease).

ALS — Alysson Muotri, Ph.D.

MDA has awarded a research grant totaling $362,466 over three years to Alysson Muotri, assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla. The new funds will help support Muotri’s generation of a new research model of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease).

ALS — Adrian Israelson, Ph.D.

MDA has awarded a research development grant totaling $180,000 over three years to Adrian Israelson, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, Calif. The funds will help support Israelson’s study of the underlying mechanisms governing motor neuron (nerve cell) death in SOD1-related familial ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease).

ALS — François Berthod, Ph.D.

MDA has awarded a grant totaling $347,094 over three years to François Berthod, a professor in the department of surgery at Laval University in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The funds will help support Berthod's study of the underlying molecular mechanisms and disease process in ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease).

ALS is characterized by the degeneration of motor neurons (nerve cells that control muscle movement) in the spinal cord and brain.

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