Understanding ALS

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a neuromuscular disease that damages nerve cells, known as motor neurons, which control voluntary muscle movement. It belongs to a class of diseases, known as motor neuron diseases. Currently, there is no known cause or cure for ALS, and the typical person lives only three to five years following diagnosis.

Please click through this section of our website to learn more about the different types of motor neuron disorders, possible causes, symptoms, and more.

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News from The Packard Center

A study just published in Nature, "C9orf72 nucleotide ... read more

Assistive Technology in the Spotlight

Microsoft launched its new #empowering ad campaign during ... read more

Dr. Robert P Bowser to Speak at the Annual Research Update & Awards Program

We are delighted to announce Dr. Robert P. ... read more

Remembering Marlene Ciechoski

The ALS community has lost a dear friend this week with the ... read more

Out and Back Party Run!

18th Annual Out and Back Party Run Date Friday, ... read more

Clinical Research Learning Institute (CRLI) Returns to Philadelphia

Please note that we have extended the deadline to submit ... read more