Introducing “Spotlight on Research”
By Erin Fleming | 05 December 2013
At Project A.L.S., we pride ourselves on directing 90% of every dollar raised to our research programs. In addition to funding these programs, Project A.L.S. is involved in every step along the process of choosing and directing our research—after our Research Advisory Board and Board of Directors prioritize a program, we work directly with the scientists who work long hours to understand and ultimately cure ALS.
Look at any project in our 5 IN 3 portfolio: each one requires the collaboration of dozens of researchers, ranging from undergraduate students to principal investigators, who have dedicated their lives—and their incredible minds—to solving the problem of ALS and related neurodegenerative diseases. Every one of these scientists has been at their lab on Sunday afternoon feeding their cells, or at work until midnight because they’re excited about a possible breakthrough, in the name of finding a cure. Bethany Johnson-Kerner and Jimmy Hon, researchers at the Project A.L.S./Jenifer Estess Laboratory for Stem Cell Research, even braved Hurricane Sandy last year to ensure that none of the lab’s work would be lost.
To celebrate their work and give you a better look at what a Project A.L.S. researcher actually does every day, we will feature a scientist whose outstanding work has made a difference each month in this space. We hope that these features give you some insight into where your valuable dollars go—and that they provide some hope, as we think you’ll agree that these brilliant, hard-working researchers are on their way to a cure.