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ALS Therapy Development Institute Delivers Impassioned Testimony to Congressional Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs
Date:4/28/2009

rrifying illness; a battle with no armor," continued Dr. Appel. "We have the responsibility to arm our service members in the final battle they are currently only to lose. The thousands, who have recently returned from engagement, and those soon to come home, may in fact encounter a final new enemy in ALS."

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects approximately 30,000 people living in the United States at any given time. According to Dr. Appel's testimony, more than 2,000 veterans registered as suffering from ALS when the Department of Veterans Affairs initiated its voluntary ALS Registry in 2003.

The subcommittee, chaired by Congressman Chet Edwards, known as a national champion for America's veterans, troops, and their families, is responsible for the appropriation of funds for a variety of military related accounts, including all funds administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Under Edwards' leadership, the subcommittee has increased appropriations for veteran's benefits and health care by $16.3 billion since 2007.

"ALS is not an incurable disease. It is an underfunded disease. The science is ready, the technology is ready, we clinicians are ready." Dr. Stanley Appel's complete testimony before the subcommittee is available online at www.als.net.

About ALS TDI

The mission of the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) is to develop effective therapeutics that stop ALS as soon as possible. Focused on meeting this urgent unmet medical need, ALS TDI executes a robust discovery program, as well as a multi-pronged approach to validate potential therapeutics; including small molecules, protein biologics, gene therapies and cell-based constructs. The Institute's unique, industrial-scale platform allows for the development and testing of
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