The BMF supports the efforts of the University of Maryland Brain and Tissue Bank in ALS Tissue recovery. Tissue donation by pALS is one of the greatest contributions to finding a cure. Over the past year, the BMF has assisted seven families with the costs involved in this ultimate gift.
The Rodal lab submitted their first paper describing the Blazeman-funded work a few months ago (to the Journal of Neuroscience), and the peer reviewers were very positive about it. The reviewers asked the lab to do a few more experiments before it can be accepted, and they’re working very hard on completing those. In the meantime, they are also working very hard on a second paper that incorporates work from mammalian neurons. Drs. Deshpande and Rodal were also invited to write a review article summarizing the current status of the field, and how studying transport in neurons has led to increased understanding of neurological disease.
The Milligan lab wishes to thank the Blazeman Foundation and all ALS Warriors for continued support of their work. While this progress report focuses on our recombinant Hsp70 protein as a potential therapeutic for ALS, they have included pictures of the members of the lab and the projects on which they focus their efforts.