Ice Bucket Challenge Spotlights Emory's Work on ALS

Dr. Jonathan D. Glass, faculty member in Neuroscience, is mentioned in an Atlanta Business Chronicle article about ALS and the ice bucket challenge. Around the time the challenge went viral, a research team from the Emory ALS Center was wrapping up the second phase of its study that focuses on using stem cells to slow the progression of ALS in adults. The university was chosen to conduct the study in 2009 by Rockville, Md.-based Neuralstem Inc. based on the surgical techniques developed for spinal cord implantations by Dr. Nicholas Boulis, Emory neurosurgeon. The Emory ALS Center is one of the largest ALS centers in the country.

"The idea here is to create a supportive environment for the cells in the spinal cord that are dying," said Glass, director of the Emory ALS Center and principal investigator on the study. Click here to view full article at Atlanta Business Chronicle (bizjournals.com).