Funding discoveries in ALS research: ALS Canada and Brain Canada announce more than $1.3 million for 2023 Discovery Grants

Eight projects receive funding to find answers and fuel discoveries in ALS research Toronto – In their effort to fund progress and innovation in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research, the ALS Society of Canada (ALS Canada) and Brain Canada are proud to announce the eight recipients of the 2023 Discovery Grants, with a total investment […]

ALS Canada and Brain Canada invest in future leader of ALS research with 2023 Career Transition Award

Quebec researcher receives $250,000 over three years to investigate gene-based research to treat ALS Toronto – The ALS Society of Canada (ALS Canada) and Brain Canada are dedicated to a shared mission to advance amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research. Together, ALS Canada and Brain Canada are proud to announce the recipient of the 2023 Career […]

Canadians living with ALS unite to CAPTURE ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a complex disease with varying symptoms and severity for people affected. Due to its heterogeneity, diagnosing the disease can be challenging and finding effective treatments can also be difficult. CAPTURE (Comprehensive Analysis Platform To Understand, Remedy, and Eliminate) ALS is a platform established in Canada to gather biological samples, data, […]

ALS Society of Canada recognizes innovation and need for expedited funding in new Acceleration Grant Program

Funding for first two projects to total $200,000 Toronto – Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a disease that can progress with startling swiftness. The ALS Society of Canada (ALS Canada) recognizes the need to move quickly in funding promising research and, with a new grant program, intends to condense lengthy processes between the selection and […]

ALS Canada and Brain Canada invest more than half a million dollars in the future of ALS researchers with the 2023 Clinical Research Fellowship and Trainee Awards

On World Science Day, the latest ALS Canada-Brain Canada research awards, with support from Fondation Vincent Bourque, highlight the importance of funding early-career researchers and clinicians Toronto — In recognition of World Science Day, together with Brain Canada, the ALS Society of Canada (ALS Canada) is pleased to announce the 2023 ALS Canada-Brain Canada Clinical […]

Can we reprogram cells we already have to replace neurons damaged by ALS? This postdoctoral fellow wants to find out

Meet the junior researchers behind the 2022 ALS Canada – Brain Canada Trainee Awards Dr. Hussein Ghazale is the recipient of a $165,000 ALS Canada – Brain Canada 2022 Trainee Award. After finishing his PhD in France, Dr. Ghazale moved to Canada to work with Dr. Carol Schuurmans at Sunnybrook Research Institute. Her team examines […]

PhD student Lucia Jadon opens new pathways for ALS research

Meet the students who received the 2022 ALS Canada – Brain Canada Doctoral Awards PhD student Lucia Meng Qi Jadon (previously Liao) is the recipient of a $75,000 ALS Canada – Brain Canada 2022 Trainee Award. She will use the funding to investigate whether a newly discovered tag on TDP-43 might have an important role […]

Charlotte Manser is turning her grief into hope for other families facing ALS

Meet the students behind the 2022 ALS Canada – Brain Canada Trainee Awards Charlotte Manser is the recipient of a $75,000 ALS Canada – Brain Canada 2022 Trainee Award. As a PhD student at the University of Ottawa, she investigates how ALS-linked genes might contribute to the loss of normal stress granule formation.  When our […]

Award fills funding gap for international student exploring understudied causes of ALS

Meet the junior researchers who received the 2022 ALS Canada – Brain Canada Trainee Awards Donovan McDonald is the recipient of a $75,000 ALS Canada – Brain Canada 2022 Trainee Award. As a PhD student, he investigates how the function of tRNA could contribute to ALS disease processes. Donovan came to Canada from the Bahamas. […]

Funding allows a future change-maker in ALS to pursue innovative research

Meet Dr. Philip McGoldrick, recipient of the 2022 ALS Canada – Brain Canada Career Transition Award Dr. Philip McGoldrick, a researcher at the Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Toronto, is the 2022 recipient of a $250,000 ALS Canada – Brain Canada Career Transition Award. This award helps launch talented […]

Dr. Alex Parker: Not giving up on the “hard problem” of ALS

Meet the researchers behind the winning 2022 Discovery Grant projects Could protecting the axon represent a promising treatment strategy for ALS?   Award: $300,000  Collaborators: Dr. Gary Armstrong, McGill University  Dr. Alex Parker, at the Centre de recherche du CHUM, Université de Montreal, is one of the first two recipients of the newly introduced three-year, $300,000 […]

Dr. Gary Shaw: Exploring how cells “take out the trash” to find new therapeutic targets in ALS

Meet the researchers behind the winning 2022 Discovery Grant projects Could improving the mechanisms of toxic protein disposal in motor neurons become a future treatment strategy?   Award: $125,000  Collaborators: Dr. Martin Duennwald, Western University, and Dr. Elizabeth Meiering, University of Waterloo Dr. Gary Shaw is a biochemist at Western University and one of the […]

Dr. Maria Vera Ugalde: Exploring a cellular mystery: why our bodies “paramedics” don’t work well in motor neurons

Meet the researchers behind the winning 2022 Discovery Grant projects Will this new way of looking at certain protective proteins better explain their role in ALS?   Award: $125,000  Collaborator: Dr. Heather D. Durham, McGill University As one of the 2022 ALS Canada-Brain Canada Discovery Grant awardees, she gets to take her expertise and apply […]

Dr. Christine Vande Velde: Keeping the mission “front of mind”

Meet the researchers behind the winning 2022 Discovery Grant projects What role does its sister protein play when restoring G3BP1 levels as a potential ALS treatment strategy?    Award: $125,000  Collaborators: Dr. Marlene Oeffinger, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM)   Dr. Christine Vande Velde is a cellular biologist at the Centre de recherche […]

Dr. Carlos Rodrigo Camara-Lemarroy: Shortening the timeline for accessible, translatable ALS treatments

Meet the researchers behind the winning 2022 Discovery Grant projects Can this routine and inexpensive procedure have a neuroprotective effect in ALS?   Award: $125,000  Collaborators: Dr. Minh Dang Nguyen, University of Calgary, and Dr. Deepak Kaushik, Memorial University of Newfoundland  Dr. Carlos Rodrigo Camara-Lemarroy is an early-career researcher and clinical neurologist based in Canada at […]

Drs. Maria Stepanova and Holger Wille: Two researchers bring together diverse expertise, from physics to structural biology, to find new insights

Meet the researchers behind the winning 2022 Discovery Grant projects Can computational methods aid in the design of key antibodies for the diagnosis and treatment of ALS?   Award: $125,000    Dr. Maria Stepanova, a physicist at the University of Alberta, is one of nine 2022 ALS Canada-Brain Canada Discovery Grant recipients. She works closely with […]

Dr. Thomas Durcan: 3D brain models will give new insights into ALS

Meet the researchers behind the winning 2022 Discovery Grant projects  Could this new 3D cell culture model help researchers better predict disease progression in ALS?   Award: $125,000  Collaborators: Dr. Yasser Iturria-Medina, McGill University    When Dr. Thomas Durcan, director of The Neuro’s Early Drug Discovery Unit (EDDU), found out his team had been awarded a […]

Dr. Renée Douville: How dormant retroviruses could open new targets for ALS treatment

Meet the researchers behind the winning 2022 Discovery Grant projects  Could this new mouse model help to understand the potential role of retroviruses in ALS and lead to new treatments?  Award: $125,000  Collaborators: Dr. Jody Haigh, University of Manitoba, and Dr. Domenico Di Curzio, St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre    When Dr. Renée Douville […]

Dr. Richard Robitaille: Building on ten years of momentum fueled by Discovery Grants

Meet the researchers behind the winning 2022 Discovery Grant projects Could the study of neuromuscular junction proteins aid in the development of essential biomarkers?   Award: $300,000  Collaborators: Dr. Danielle Arbour and Dr. Roberta Piovesana at the Université de Montréal, and Dr. Robert Bowser, Barrow Neurological Institute   Dr. Richard Robitaille, at the Université de Montréal, […]

$1.125 million investment to advance understanding, diagnosis and treatment of ALS

Toronto – With promising new therapies for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) on the horizon, now is the time for ongoing investment in research discovery that will continue to fuel the development of treatments. That is why, together with Brain Canada, the ALS Canada Research Program is proud to announce nine new Discovery Grants, which were […]

How does a new experimental treatment for ALS behave within the body?

An international Canada-Israel research partnership is taking important steps to determine whether a known drug has the potential to become a viable treatment for people with ALS. Recently, using a mouse model, Dr. Eran Hornstein of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel showed that the antibiotic enoxacin holds promise at correcting a malfunctioning pathway […]

Is there a link between metabolism and ALS disease progression?

While a fast metabolism is often thought of as an asset, there is increasing evidence that in ALS patients, hypermetabolism could be linked to faster-progressing disease. Now, with funding from the ALS Society of Canada and Brain Canada, a team made up of Dr. Jasna Kriz (CERVO Brain Research Centre, Université Laval), Dr. Nicolas Dupré […]

How does the loss of the normal function of DNAJC7 cause ALS?

Thanks to new funding from the ALS Society of Canada and Brain Canada, Dr. Martin Duennwald of Western University, an expert on protein misfolding in neurodegenerative disease, is coming together with Dr. Sali Farhan, an up-and-coming Canadian researcher at The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital). Together they will explore how mutations in DNAJC7 impede its ability […]

Can zebrafish help explain how mutations in this gene contribute to ALS?

An interdisciplinary Canadian team headed by Dr. Gary Armstrong of The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital)  is poised to explore how a recently linked pair of genes contribute to the onset of ALS. In 2014, mutations in a gene called CHCHD10 were newly identified as a genetic cause of ALS; just four years later, Dr. Eric […]

Is it possible to target the root cause of ALS linked to the C9ORF72 gene?

Dr. Christopher E. Pearson, a genetics expert based at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto and Full-Professor at the University of Toronto, has studied DNA repeat expansions, a type of genetic mutation common to neurodegenerative disease, for decades. Recently, his team successfully reversed one version of this type of mutation in a Huntington’s […]

Could mindfulness improve quality of life for people living with ALS?

Thanks to joint funding from Brain Canada and ALS Canada through the 2020 Discovery Grant Program, a team based at The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) will be able to pioneer a study on mindfulness in ALS, with the goal of helping health care professionals, people living with ALS and their primary caregivers enjoy better quality […]

Could inflammation in this pathway provide a new target for ALS therapies?

A newly identified pathway has been piquing research interest around the world for its possible role in ALS. Recently, Canadian virologist Dr. Honglin Luo, in collaboration with her colleague Dr. Neil Cashman, discovered that an immune pathway known as cGAS-STING – a catchier abbreviation for cyclic GMP-AMP synthase-stimulator of interferon genes – is activated by […]

The Brain-Gut connection: Could a probiotic help delay the onset or severity of ALS symptoms?

The relationship between the gut and the brain has received increasing attention in recent years, and while there is evidence that probiotics support gut health – new research shows that probiotics may also have intriguing possibilities for applications in ALS. A team led by Dr. Alex Parker (Department of Neuroscience, CRCHUM, Université de Montréal), has […]

Ice Bucket Challenge Proceeds Help Fund First Canadian ALS Care and Management Guideline

Toronto – The Ice Bucket Challenge continues to make an impact. Proceeds from the highly successful 2014 viral sensation have helped fund a comprehensive new resource to guide efforts to ensure people living with ALS in Canada receive the best possible care no matter where they live. The first Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for the […]

ALS Doesn’t Stop – So Neither Can Research Investment

The ALS Canada Research Program awards $650K for three innovative new research initiatives, with an additional $1 million to be announced in 2021 TORONTO – The ALS Society of Canada today announced that as part of its 2020 research commitment, the ALS Canada Research Program is investing $650,000 in three new initiatives that will contribute […]

Thanks to our ALS Canada Research Forum sponsors for standing with us

You don’t need us to tell you that 2020 has thrown everyone and everything for a loop. A few months into the year, we all found ourselves having to adapt very quickly to mitigate the unknowns of the COVID-19 pandemic. For ALS Canada, that meant cancelling the 2020 edition of our annual ALS Canada Research […]

Uncharted territory just “part of the journey” for 2020 virtual Walk participants

Even a high level of awareness about ALS cannot fully prepare anyone for what it takes to navigate the changes that occur as the disease progresses. Charlotte and Bob Brethour have faced many difficult hurdles, but they still appreciate every day they share together, “even when the best-laid plans have gone awry,” says Charlotte. “We’re […]

ALS Research Update, May 2020

Welcome to the May 2020 ALS Research Update. During these times of uncertainty, it’s reassuring to know that ALS research developments continue around the globe. This month you’ll learn about progress researchers have made in advancing new treatment strategies; developing laboratory models to better understand ALS; and learning how ALS develops and progresses in the […]

Celebrating the strength of ALS Canada’s volunteer community

ALS doesn’t stop and neither will we. Even during these unprecedented times, ALS Society of Canada volunteers continue to give their time and skills to support people and families living with ALS.   Over the past week, in recognition and celebration of National Volunteer Week 2020 #NVW2020, you’ve had the chance to get to know some of our […]

Ice Bucket Challenge continues to drive research discovery by providing new insights into ALS

Within the brain, neurons are constantly communicating with each other. These communications can be inhibitory or excitatory, essentially like a stop or go signal. For our brains to function properly we need to have a balance between these two signals. Having too much of the excitatory, or “go” signal, has been linked to a variety […]

Can an animal model provide new insights into the formation of stress granules?

Alicia Dubinski may have inherited both her love for science and studying a neurodegenerative disease from her mother, a neuroscientist at the University of Toronto. When Dubinski was still a graduate student at the University of Waterloo, she met Dr. Christine Vande Velde at l’Université de Montréal in the Spring of 2019. She knew right […]

Can new understandings about nuclear speckles lead to new treatment options for ALS?

In 2018, Dr. Ulises Rodriguez Corona was looking for a new research field where he could apply his knowledge and expertise in the biology of protein production in cells and the genetic instructions that control their behaviour. When he learned of an opportunity to perform high-tech research on protein-protein interactions in RNA metabolism in Dr. […]

Could newly discovered tags on TDP-43 protein explain its abnormal behaviour in ALS?

Overhearing one conversation was all it took to spark a new idea that became a funded ALS research project. Terry Suk, a PhD student working in the lab of Dr. Maxime Rousseaux at the University of Ottawa, heard Dr. Rousseaux and another student discuss a list of proteins in the brain that are modified by […]

Is the loss of normal function of C9ORF72 protein in a particular cell type a key driver of ALS disease processes?

Rahul Kumar has a burning curiosity to uncover the biological mechanisms driving neurodegenerative diseases. After finishing his combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science degrees at a prestigious research institute in India, he moved to Canada so he could work on ALS research. He joined Dr. Peter McPherson’s lab at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital […]

What is the role of a newly discovered protein in ALS?

Myriam Gagné was not expecting to work on ALS research. But the first time she saw Dr. Christine Vande Velde’s lab at l’Université de Montréal, it was “love at first sight.” Studying ALS would allow her to combine basic cell biology, neurosciences and biochemistry, her main academic areas of interest. She joined the lab in […]

Is an experimental drug that can prevent abnormal protein behaviour in ALS already out there?

When Marc Shenouda first learned about ALS as an undergraduate science student, he found himself asking many questions: Why is the average life expectancy only two to five years after diagnosis? Why is there is no cure yet? How can we find better treatments, ones that could extend life by more than a few months? […]

ALS Canada Invests Almost $1.4 Million Towards Innovative ALS Research Projects In Pursuit of a Future Without ALS

TORONTO – After a rigorous competition, the ALS Society of Canada today announced the recipients of the 2019 research funding grants. Through the ALS Canada Research Program, the only dedicated source of ALS research funding in Canada, nearly $1.4 million will be invested in leading-edge ALS research that will further the study of the disease. For […]

ALS Research Update | October 2019

ALS Research Update, October 2019 Welcome to the October 2019 ALS Research update. This month, you’ll learn about the progress researchers have made in: transforming the way clinical trials are conducted; understanding the roles that the microbiome and protein clumping may play in ALS; and identifying the mechanisms by which different genes may contribute to […]

ALS Research Update | August 2019

What’s happening in the world of ALS research at this point in the year? Read about the progress researchers have made in developing new and better models to study ALS in the lab, insights gained into the progression of ALS on a cellular level, new compounds identified as potential treatment strategies for ALS and the […]

From ice bucket to bucket list: how Margot is coping with ALS

Margot Algie heard about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014 through friends and had no idea that only one year later, she would be diagnosed with the disease. Since then, she has come to understand firsthand the importance of maintaining the momentum of the viral social media phenomenon that resulted in a $21.5M investment […]

Leading Canadian ALS researcher stresses “time is of the essence”

“When you start researching ALS, it becomes a life mission,” says Dr. Janice Robertson, a prominent figure in the ALS research community in Canada and abroad. Dr. Robertson is studying variations within the brain and spinal cord of people living with ALS using two powerful new technologies that allow researchers to examine the nuclei of […]

No time to lose: ALS Canada volunteer and fundraiser sees urgent need for change

Beth Robertson’s husband, Tim, lived courageously with ALS for 12 years. He was sustained by the loving presence of his wife, Beth, his three children, and a large network of family and friends. Beth says she would do it all over again for Tim, but she admits ALS is a terrible burden for everyone it […]

ALS Society of Canada dedicates last of the matched Ice Bucket Challenge research funding to early-career researchers in pursuit of a future without ALS

2018 funding competition with Brain Canada results in $720,000 for six trainee awards – more trainee awards in a single year than ever before TORONTO December 13, 2018 – The ALS Society of Canada (ALS Canada), together with Brain Canada, today announced $720,000 in funding for six new trainee awards, thus completing the last of the […]

Thanks to donor generosity ALS Canada invests $1 million in innovative Canadian ALS research to provide a greater understanding of ALS

The ALS Canada Research Program awards eight new project grants in the pursuit of new therapy targets. TORONTO, November 15, 2018 – The ALS Society of Canada (ALS Canada) today announced an investment of $1 million in eight new research projects being funded in 2018 through the ALS Canada Research Program, which is the only […]

The impact of donor dollars on ALS research in Canada

The result of the 2014 Ice Bucket Challenge gave the ALS community a tremendous gift: awareness and unprecedented investment in ALS research. Thanks to the viral fundraising phenomenon that year, along with matched funds from Brain Canada (through the Canada Brain Research Fund with financial support from Health Canada), the investment of $20 million allowed […]

ALS Research Update, June 2018

ALS research is at a time of unprecedented advancement. Our biggest hope is to stop ALS from stealing dreams, abilities, and lives – and researchers are closer than they’ve ever been to making this a reality. With such unprecedented momentum, we can’t afford to be stagnant. Give now to stop ALS from taking. This ALS […]

Can microscopic bubbles in our blood deliver ALS therapies effectively?

One of the hallmark characteristics of ALS is the clumping of proteins in motor neurons that are believed to cause toxicity and eventual death of the motor neurons, resulting in the loss of muscle control and mobility, and eventually, the abilities to eat and breathe. Many scientists are looking for ways to eliminate protein clumping […]

Can insights about why eye muscles are resistant to ALS help preserve function in other muscles?

Muscles are made of separate fibres bundled together that receive signals from motor neurons, causing the muscles to contract or relax. Motor neurons connect to individual muscle fibres connect to at tiny places called neuromuscular junctions where specialized glial cells called perisynaptic Schwann cells (PSCs) keep the connections functioning well in a healthy body. PSCs […]

ALS Research Update, February 2018

ALS research is at a time of unprecedented advancement. New information on genes linked to ALS and the downstream effects of mutations in these genes has helped researchers to develop a roadmap of the biological pathways that are important in ALS and to gain a better understanding of this complex disease. With new advancements being […]

Leveraging scientific advancements and open science to study ALS progression

ALS is a disease that gradually paralyzes people as motor neurons lose their ability to communicate with the muscles of the body and eventually die. But the problems are not only caused by changes inside motor neurons: the cellular environment around the motor neurons can contribute significantly to disease progression. Microglia are the immune cells […]

Could studying yeast help to answer questions about how ALS progresses?

If you look at a picture of a cell in a science textbook, the internal structures look static and neatly organized. But living cells are bustling with numerous processes, converting nutrients into energy and making proteins that the body’s tissues and organs need to function and grow. Proteins must fold into specific 3D shapes so […]

Could touchscreen technology improve testing for cognitive impairment in ALS?

Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a group of disorders caused by nerve cell loss in areas of the brain responsible for managing cognitive functions and voluntary movement. By itself, FTD, which is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease, can cause memory issues and attention problems, and impair cognitive flexibility — the ability […]

Comparing DNA profiles of Canadians with a similar heritage

Deep inside the nucleus of every cell in the body, DNA carries the master blueprint—the full set of genetic instructions needed for the body to grow, live and reproduce. DNA looks like a twisted ladder made from 3.2 billion pairs of building blocks that join to make up the rungs of the ladder. A complete […]

Most newsworthy research stories of 2017

In 2017, major scientific advances in Canada and internationally have led to significant and exciting progress in ALS research. Discoveries that increase our understanding of the disease are happening far more often than ever before and as a result many new experimental treatments are set to begin human clinical trials in the next few years. […]

Can a guardian protein protect motor neurons from toxicity in ALS?

Proteins are the workhorses inside cells, responsible for almost all cellular functions. To perform their tasks correctly, they must fold into the right 3D shapes. If they take on the wrong shape, they can stick together and form clumps. If the misfolded proteins are not removed by protective mechanisms in cells, they can cause toxic […]

Can probiotics play a protective role in ALS?

Probiotics are friendly, live bacteria that are good for the digestive system. You may be familiar with the digestive benefits of probiotics in foods like yogurt or kefir. Many scientists are investigating how changes in the composition of intestinal bacteria may play a role in a range of diseases including obesity, colorectal cancer, cardiovascular disease […]

Understanding if and how the body compensates for motor neuron loss in ALS

An electrical diagram of a building shows where all the electrical wires, fixtures and components are connected to an electrical system. When a circuit is faulty, it’s easy to identify the culprit because specific lights will not work. But the human nervous system is far more complicated. It is a living network of nerves that […]

Can a promising drug combination address one of the most defining biological characteristics of ALS?

All cells in our bodies make proteins, but sometimes they make mistakes, resulting in proteins that have the wrong shape. In a healthy body, protective mechanisms within the cells deal with the misshapen proteins so they don’t cause trouble, but when those mechanisms fail, the defective proteins can accumulate in clumps, making it difficult for […]

ALS Canada awards $3 million for 12 new research projects to help make amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) a treatable, not terminal disease

TORONTO, November 22, 2017 – Today, the ALS Society of Canada announced 12 exciting new research projects being funded in 2017 through the ALS Canada Research Program, which is supported by ALS Societies across Canada. The research being funded includes a multi-year study of a promising drug combination, three trainee grants that will help to […]

Strengthening Canada’s Excellence in ALS Clinical Trials

For a disease like ALS that has few treatment options and no cure, clinical trials are the best hope for the future. Participants in clinical trials play a critical role to help determine if a new treatment can slow, halt or reverse disease progression, or if a new intervention can improve the quality of life […]

Research to help people with ALS stay active and independent

Updated October 20, 2017 Staying active and independent for as long as possible is important for people living with ALS as the disease progresses. There are many ways in which to manage symptoms or receive care, but there often isn’t enough research performed to determine which approaches make the greatest difference. To help address these […]

Finding New Ways to Diagnose ALS Faster with Advanced Imaging

ALS is difficult to diagnose because no single test or procedure can firmly identify the disease. Current diagnostic tests for ALS focus on ruling out other diseases that share similar initial symptoms. For example, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test typically used to eliminate a diagnosis of cancer, multiple sclerosis or pressure on the […]

Maximizing the impact of donor dollars for ALS research

Finding new treatments that can change the course of ALS requires a robust research program, one that supports a large community of researchers exploring multiple avenues of inquiry. ALS Canada has been supporting world-class research across Canada for more than 30 years with a variety of grants and awards that are helping to learn more […]

ALS Research Update, August 2017

ALS research is at a time of unprecedented advancement. New information on genes linked to ALS and the downstream effects of mutations in these genes has helped researchers to develop a so-called ‘roadmap’ of biological pathways that are important in ALS and to gain a better understanding of this complex disease. With new advancements being […]

The ALS Canada Research Program

Today was the deadline for applications from the research community for three different types of funding through the ALS Canada Research Program. Applications are evaluated by an international panel of scientific experts through a peer review process, regarded as the international benchmark of excellence in research funding. This approach enables us to maximize the impact […]

New Canadian investments in ALS research reflect growing knowledge about the disease and increasing likelihood of effective treatments being developed

The ALS Society of Canada (ALS Canada), in partnership with Brain Canada, today announced $4.5 million in funding for nine new ALS research projects. This means that since the Ice Bucket Challenge became a social media phenomenon in 2014, nearly $20 million has been invested in Canadian ALS research at a time when it has […]

Canada’s rising stars in ALS research receive more than $1 million from the ALS Canada Research Program and Brain Canada

The generosity of Canadians has helped three early-career researchers to make ALS the focus of their work in the country’s labs and academic institutions. The research funding, which totals more than $1 million, has been awarded through the ALS Canada Research Program and Brain Canada as a result of money raised through the Ice Bucket […]