Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

ALS Briefs: Protein Clumps, Cell-to-Cell Spread and More

This roundup of recent MDA-supported amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research news and reviews includes:

UPDATE: FDA Approves Testing Multiple Sclerosis Drug in ALS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the go-ahead to the nonprofit biotech ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) to conduct a clinical trial of TDI132  — also known as fingolimod, or the brand name Gilenya— in people withALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).

National ALS Biorepository Pilot Study Launched

ALS Briefs: Stem Cells, Risk Factors, Emotion Processing Abnormalities

This roundup of recent amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research and clinical trials news includes:

MDA Study Reveals ‘Cost of Illness’ for ALS, DMD, MMD

"We now have numbers to point to," said Annie Kennedy, MDA's senior vice president of advocacy. "It's not just a back-of-the-envelope calculation anymore. It's real data."

Trial to Evaluate the Hormone Drug Acthar in ALS

A 40-person phase 2 clinical trial to test the safety and tolerability of Questcor Pharmaceuticals’ H.P. Acthar Gel (Acthar) in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has opened at a trial site in Phoenix, Ariz.

ALS — James Shorter, Ph.D.

James Shorter, associate professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $300,000 over a period of three years to develop an experimental approach targeted at protein aggregates in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

SBMA/ALS — Constanza Cortes, Ph.D.

Constanza Cortes, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, San Diego, was awarded an MDA development grant totaling $177,410 over a period of three years to study the role of a cell recycling system in spinal-bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA or Kennedy disease) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

'Sugar' Molecule Delays Disease Progression in ALS Mice

Treatment with a small molecule called trehalose was associated with slower disease progression and longer life span in mice with a disease mimicking amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), an MDA-supported research team has reported.

Trehalose is a compound composed of two glucose (sugar) molecules.

ALS — NeuRx Diaphragm Pacing System (DPS)

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has committed $750,000 to help support a phase 2 clinical trial assessing the ability of the NeuRx Diaphragm Pacing System (DPS) to improve respiratory function and quality of life in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).