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Answer ALS

Answer ALS is an initiative spearheaded by Steve Gleason to challenge ALS researchers to come up with a solid plan to find a cure for ALS. Its strategy includes two impact goal arms that help people living with ALS live more productive lives and to ultimately bring top ALS researchers together to find a treatment or cure. Projects funded as part of other strategic initiatives, ALS ACT and the Neuro Collaborative, form an important foundation for Answer ALS.

The ALS Association Commitment

The ALS Association contributed to the development and business plan for Answer ALS, and has a partnership with Team Gleason and others to advance this initiative (see below).


Answer ALS has two impact goals:

How The ALS Association supports ANSWER ALS

How ANSWER ALS advances the search for a treatment for ALS

Key Players:

(left to right) Dr. Jeffrey Rothstein, Dr. Clive Svendsen and Dr. Merit Cudkowicz

Answer ALS clinic sites include: Massachusetts General Hospital, Cedar Sinai Medical Center, Johns Hopkins University, Ohio State University, Emory University and Washington University St. Louis.


As of March 2016, 46 patient samples were collected out of the goal of 1000 ALS participants.

View the NEALS webinar here for a progress report in May 2016.