October 5, 2021

Announcing NIH Director's Transformative Research Award

A multidisciplinary group of University of Michigan researchers received the NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award to explore the role of environmental exposures, genetics, and other factors on susceptibility to ALS.


 Neurologists say it’s time for a moonshot for their patients with ALS, the neurodegenerative disease that is always deadly, often in just a few years or less.

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, hijacks people’s ability to move, and ultimately, to breathe. Clinicians know there’s some combination of genetic susceptibility and environmental factors, but they can’t usually tell a patient what specifically sparked their disease. They can’t slow it down, either.

Now, a $3.6 million project funded by the National Institutes of Health will allow a team of experts to intensely explore the intersection of environmental exposures, genetics, inflammation and other factors, in order to better determine what makes someone more likely to develop ALS. Please click here to read more!