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Study Funded By The ALS Association Finds That Neurons Can Be Reprogrammed To Take On New Identities

"Understanding the constraints and possibilities of nervous system development allows us to consider new experiments and new strategies for therapy development," Dr. Bruijn said. "The most immediate importance of this finding is likely to be in laboratory, where it will help us understand more about how the nervous system may respond when neurons are injured, as they are in ALS."

The research was performed by Caroline Rouaux, Ph.D. and Paola Arlotta, Ph.D., of the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Dr. Arlotta is an Associate Professor at Harvard University and a New York Stem Cell Foundation-Robertson Investigator. Dr. Rouaux received The Milton-Safenowitz Post-Doctoral Fellowship from The ALS Association when in Arlotta's laboratory in 2007 and 2008 and has recently become an Assistant Professor at National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) in Strasbourg, France where she continues her work in ALS research together with other leaders in the field.

The Milton Safenowitz Post-Doctoral Fellowship for ALS Research Award encourages and facilitates promising young scientists to enter the ALS field. Funding for this two-year research award is made possible by the generosity of the Safenowitz family through the Greater New York Chapter of The ALS Association and is in memory of Mr. Safenowitz, who died of ALS in 1998.

About The ALS Association

The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease on every front.  By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.  For more information about The ALS Association, visit our website at www.alsa.org.

SOURCE The ALS Association

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