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Jefferson researcher awarded Landenberger Foundation grant for ALS research
Date:4/15/2009

cutive Vice President, who oversees the operations of the foundation for the Brown Brothers Harriman Trust Company. "Although it is a small foundation, it has an excellent scientific advisory board that helps direct the grant-making decisions. The Foundation's mission is to be at the cutting edge of medical research."

ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease or motor neuron disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed. According to the ALS Association, every year about 5,600 people are diagnosed with the disease, which is currently untreatable.


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Contact: Ed Federico
ed.federico@jefferson.edu
Thomas Jefferson University
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