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Prize4Life and the Alzheimer Research Forum Announce Launch of New Web-Portal for ALS Research
Date:6/4/2009

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Prize4life and the Alzheimer Research Forum announce the release of the ALS Forum (www.ResearchALS.org), a web-based resource for researchers interested in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease or motor neuron disease. The site is modeled on the Alzheimer Research Forum's popular website, www.alzforum.org, and is the first step in Prize4Life's efforts to build a similar set of tools for ALS researchers.

ALS is a progressive, fatal, neurodegenerative disease that causes gradual paralysis, usually resulting in death within 2-5 years of diagnosis. There is currently no cure for the disease and only one FDA-approved treatment, which extends life by a few months. The disease affects about 600,000 people worldwide, and very little is known about the factors that cause it.

The ALS Forum represents a joint effort to increase the quantity and quality of relevant resources for researchers interested in ALS. It features a variety of useful resources for the ALS research community, including:

  • Cutting edge coverage of ALS-related research news produced by Alzforum's science writers,
  • A continuously updated database of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies working on drug development projects relevant to the ALS research community,
  • A continuously updated set of links to recent ALS-relevant drug development news,
  • A list of upcoming scientific conferences of interest to the ALS community, and
  • A collection of recommended ALS review articles

"The mission of the Alzforum has always included supporting research in other neurodegenerative diseases besides Alzheimer's," said June Kino
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