"We are extremely grateful to Dan, David, and Bloomberg Philanthropies for their generosity and for recognizing the great promise of the research led by Dr. Henderson and his colleagues both here at Columbia and at our collaborating institutions," said Lee Goldman, MD, dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, and executive vice president for Health and Biomedical Sciences, Columbia University.
Reflecting the wide range of institutions involved, Target ALS's strategy will receive oversight from a research advisory board, and funding will be conditional on positive evaluation by an independent review committee.
"With the recent discovery of new genes and disease mechanisms, ALS research is now in its most exciting phase ever. Target ALS will allow us to make a determined push toward rational therapeutic strategies for this terrible disease," said Jeffrey Rothstein, MD, PhD, director of the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins University and chair of the Target ALS Research Advisory Board.
The objectives of Target ALS build upon, and are complementary to, those of existing ALS-related foundations and centers, with whom collaborations and coordination are an important part of the Target ALS strategy.
"Project A.L.S. is proud to have launched Target ALS, a systemized approach to screening ALS therapies. Project A.L.S. will continue to launch new ideas that we hope will feed the Target ALS mission," said Valerie Estess, director of research for Project A.L.S.
"We are eager to partner with Target ALS to provide access to core facilities for some of the scientists we support worldwide," said Lucie Bruijn, PhD, chief scientist of the ALS Association, which funds research, engages in advocacy, and provides care and support to ALS patients and families.
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