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Join The Answer ALS Research Project

Answer ALS will activate its research initiative before the end of 2015 with six initial collection sites and more in the works. The initiative will motivate people living with ALS to participate in the largest effort to end ALS through patient-driven research in the history of the disease.

While more does not always mean better, big numbers are essential in this case to enable our team to deeply mine enough data to begin to truly understand ALS.

The current participating sites are:


Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Los Angeles, California, United States, 90048
Contact: Peggy Allred 424-315-2694
Contact: Ashley Fetterman 310-423-8497
Principal Investigator: Robert H. Baloh, MD, PhD         


Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30322
Contact: Meriada Polak, RN 404-779-3807
Contact: Anna Partlow, RN, MN 404-778-3181
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Glass, MD


Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21205
Contact: Betsy Mosmiller 410-502-0495
Contact: Aiana Rodriguez 443-287-0627


Massachusetts General Hospital

Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Contact: Leah Miller 617-724-7398 
Contact: Maryangel Jeon 617-724-9196    
Principal Investigator: James D Berry, MD  


Washington University School of Medicine

St. Louis, Missouri, United States, 63110
Contact: Molly McCallum 314-362-6159    
Contact: Jennifer Jockel-Balsarotti 314-362-6159 
Principal Investigator: Timothy Miller, MD


Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Columbus, Ohio, United States, 43221
Contact: Ifeanyi Okoh, 614-688-7837    
Contact: Sharon Chelnick, MHSA, CCRC 614-293-4973    
Principal Investigator: Stephen J Kolb, MD, PhD


The time is right for this initiative. Although the Nobel prize-winning iPSC technology is still relatively new, we have shown that it can be used to discover and develop new therapeutics. This initiative could dramatically accelerate ALS therapeutics discovery and change the face of ALS forever.

STEVE FINKBEINER, MD, PhD Director, Taube/Koret Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research
Senior Investigator and Associate Director, Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease Professor of Neurology and Physiology,
University of California, San Francisco

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Advisory Application

Apply to the Answer ALS Advisory Council

We are honored to have you apply to participate in the Answer ALS Advisory Council. Our mission is to create a diverse Council that will faithfully represent the entire ALS community.

Council members will be asked to commit to a minimum of 6 hours per month. Travel is not required.

Once received, your application will be reviewed. Although there are limited places on the Council, many committees for immediate action will also be created. We hope you will accept if called upon for participation on any level. We are currently evaluating all applications for the Full Council, but feel free to leave your information if interested in participating when there is availability.

Tell us a little about yourself.

Check all that apply.

Person with ALS
Caregiver (past or present)
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ALS Stakeholder Organization
Research Organization
Female Male

Please describe in 300 words or less why you are interested in participating on the Answer ALS Advisory Council: