ALS research overview
There’s never been a more exciting time in ALS research. With better understanding of the disease comes the knowledge needed to identify targets for treatment, and to improve people’s day-to-day lives with the disease.
Research is a source of tremendous hope for the ALS community.
And there’s reason to be hopeful: ALS research is seeing unprecedented progress. More advances have been made in the last 10 years than in the previous 100. Researchers are optimistic that these discoveries will one day lead to successful treatments for ALS.
Our donors help to advance ALS research in numerous ways: by ensuring there is dedicated funding available for ALS research here in Quebec and across Canada, and by fostering strong connections among the ALS research community that calls Quebec home.
There is incredible ALS research talent in our province, both in the laboratory and in the clinic.
And this leadership has benefits for people living with ALS: for example, by attracting clinical trials that give eligible patients the ability to be part of testing potential new treatments.
Maintaining and nurturing research talent within Quebec is a goal of the ALS Quebec Research Fund. Thanks to donor support, the Fund was created in 2022. We are currently developing the strategic roadmap that will guide us in investing these funds in a way that will have maximum impact. Thank you to our Scientific Committee for their leadership and guidance as we create this new approach to research investment that is so critical to our mission:
- Dr. Richard Robitaille (Chair), Full Professor, Université de Montréal and member of ALS Quebec’s Board of Directors
- Dr. François Gros-Louis, Full Professor, Université Laval
- Dr. Geneviève Matte, Neurologist, CHUM
- Dr. Chantelle Sephton, Associate Professor, Université Laval
Even before the creation of the ALS Quebec Research Fund, we have been strong supporters of ALS research.
- Contributed annually to the ALS Society of Canada’s national research program, which invests in peer-reviewed research grants to unlock answers to the mysteries about the causes and progression of ALS and to support the development of promising therapies.
- Hosted regular webinars that bring Quebec’s ALS research community together to connect professionally, update one another about their work and exchange ideas about the latest developments in ALS research.
- Partnered with individuals and foundations to support their passion for ALS research and the promise it represents.