ALS - New Hope from Ice Buckets
John Landers |
• January 2020
The Ice Bucket Challenge was an unprecedented viral event that enabled John and other scientists to vastly accelerate the pace of research in the causes and potential treatments for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). With respect and humor, John shares his first-hand experience with the Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon. John is a Professor of Neurology at UMass Medical School who has focused on using innovative technologies to identify genes contributing to ALS. He is a key member of an international consortium that is sequencing the genomes of over 20,000 patients to find novel genes contributing to ALS. John has received several million dollars from the ALS Association that was raised through the 2014 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.