Augie’s Quest to Cure ALS is proud to provide $500,000 to our research partners at the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI). The grant funding will help ALS TDI continue making critical advancements in our understanding of ALS and develop new treatments for those living with ALS today.
We are determined more now than ever, to continue funding the best science and most promising research to fast-track effective treatments and find a cure for this devastating disease. Grant funding will be put to immediate work within the Augie’s Quest Translational Research Center at ALS TDI and will support:
- The discovery of new drug targets by using pluripotent stem cells: a type of stem cell that has emerged as a significant source of stem cells for ALS research.
- Expanded drug discovery model development to move possible ALS treatments from the lab to the clinic as quickly as possible.
- The process to investigate and validate potential biomarkers in human blood: one potential way to improve earlier diagnosis of ALS would be to identify specific biomarkers that can be identified early in the disease process.
The Augie’s Quest Translational Research Center is part of the ALS Therapy Development Institute, the world’s most comprehensive lab dedicated solely to ALS research. Located outside of Boston, ALS TDI is a non-profit biotech that spans every aspect of drug discovery research and therapeutic development. Through the Augie’s Quest Translational Research Center, ALS TDI is able to partner with ALS patients to spearhead discovery of effective therapies for this devastating disease.
Translational research has emerged as an increasingly important component of drug discovery in recent years. The main focus of translational research is to obtain an in-depth understanding of mechanisms that drive human disease and to integrate this information into all stages of drug development from early discovery to clinical trials.
“I’m so proud of the work being done at the Augie’s Quest Translational Research Center at ALS TDI. We speak to newly diagnosed families every week who are hoping for a cure, and we’re focused on funding the best science to make that a reality in the future.” – Augie Nieto
Today, there is real hope like never before. We remain committed to finding a cure for ALS and your generous donation helps fast-track effective treatments and an ultimate cure for this devastating disease.