You can change the future for those who suffer from ALS.
Mystery surrounds amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease. There is no cure nor effective treatment to halt ALS. Its cause is unknown. ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that usually begins with trouble walking, writing or speaking. As it advances, nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscle movement die. Muscles stop moving, eventually leading to death, most often due to respiratory failure.
Stephen Kolb, MD, PhD, and Adam Quick, MD, have built a multidisciplinary clinic that is working to understand why and how motor neurons lose function and die, find better ways to study ALS and develop new treatments.
Our clinic work provides a pipeline to basic science laboratories at Ohio State and throughout the country for studying cells from individual patients. Our scientists are learning how to repair dysfunctional astrocytes in ALS and are providing genetic counseling and testing for patients.
Please give today to help our researchers fight ALS. Your gift will help with the following:
- “Seed money” for projects which will lead to funding for bigger national and international studies to end ALS.
- Genetic therapies for both familial and sporadic forms of ALS.
- Bringing more talented researchers and clinicians into the fight via fellowships and career development grants.
Are you staff or faculty? You can make your gift via payroll deduction.