HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Pioneering research on ALS muscle disease rewarded

Leuven - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is an incurable paralyzing neurodegenerative disorder that strikes five out of every 100,000 persons. The disease usually affects healthy people in the most active period of their lives - without warning or previous family history. Researchers from VIB (the Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology), under the direction of Prof. Peter Carmeliet (K.U.Leuven), have been the first to demonstrate the importance of the VEGF protein in this disease. This research is opening prospects for treating ALS, and these promising results are highly appreciated by the persons concerned. The patient organization, ALS Association, has just presented 3000 of collected funds to Peter Carmeliet's team; and Diether Lambrechts and Erik Storkebaum, also members of Prof. Carmeliet's research team, have received the Galenus Prize to the value of 6200.

Incurable muscle disease

ALS can strike anyone. The Chinese leader Mao Tse Tung, the Russian composer Dimitri Sjostakowitz, the legendary New York Yankee baseball player Lou Gehrig, and astrophysicist Stephen Hawking have all been afflicted with ALS. In addition, an unusually large number of top Italian soccer players, airline pilots, and soldiers from the Golf war have been stricken by this fatal disease. About half of them die within three years - some even in the first year - usually as a consequence of asphyxiation, while still 'in full possession of their faculties'.

In a patient with ALS, the nerve bundles that run to the muscles deteriorate. The patient then loses control over his muscles, progressively becoming totally paralyzed, while remaining - disconcertingly - mentally sound. The causative mechanism of this grave, debilitating disease - which has an enormous medico-social impact - remains obscure. At present, the disease is totally untreatable. The consequence is that many ALS patients elect for euthanasia, a very controversial solution. Genetic r
'"/>

Contact: Sooike Stoops
sooike.stoops@vib.be
32-9-244-6611
VIB, Flanders Interuniversity Institute of Biotechnology
16-Jun-2005


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Pioneering research on sleeping sickness wins MERIAL Award for Parasitology
2. Pioneering approach to wastewater treatment earns Stanford engineer the 2007 Stockholm Water Prize
3. Pioneering researcher Dr. Kenneth Lyons Jones receives genetics award from March of Dimes
4. Pioneering research into health benefits of beauty treatment
5. Pioneering ecologist Ruth Patrick honored by Federal-State Commission
6. Pioneering PET/CT research widens applications of imaging for diabetic foot
7. NIH gives $8M to University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine for myositis research
8. Saudi Arabias KAUST names WHOI first research partner
9. Multinational research: protecting ecology means understanding people, too
10. Newly created cancer stem cells could aid breast cancer research
11. Carnegie Mellons Peter Adams receives EPA research grant

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Pioneering research ALS muscle disease rewarded

(Date:5/22/2015)... 2015 According to a new ... 3D, Thermal, Emotion, Forensic), by Software (Middleware, Databases), by Hardware ... Consumer and Home) - Global Forecast to 2020", published ... Billion in 2015 to $6.19 Billion by 2020, at ... market data Tables and   43 Figures spread through ...
(Date:5/21/2015)... The Sync Project™ , a global ... today announced a collaborative partnership with Berklee,s Institute ... on collaboration on original research, joint course development and ... collaboration, The Sync Project and BerkleeICE are exploring the ... the 2015-2016 academic year.  The course ...
(Date:5/20/2015)... NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD ) ("NXT-ID" ... 3D-ID LLC, a company engaged in biometric identification is ... technology portion of the recently awarded TIES (Technical Information ... the Army. 3D-ID LLC has a suite ... enforcement and security agencies. Gino Pereira ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Facial Recognition Market Worth $6.19 Billion by 2020 2Facial Recognition Market Worth $6.19 Billion by 2020 3The Sync Project Announces Partnership with Berklee College of Music's Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship 2The Sync Project Announces Partnership with Berklee College of Music's Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship 3NXT-ID, Inc Announces Participation as Member of Team Battelle for TIES Contract Award 2NXT-ID, Inc Announces Participation as Member of Team Battelle for TIES Contract Award 3
(Date:5/21/2015)... May 21, 2015 Tunnell Consulting, ... the firm as senior statistician and Principal, a position ... experience in the management and analysis of complex and ... chemical industries. , “We’re delighted to have Julia join ... data analytics,” said Dr. Philippe Cini, Group Vice President ...
(Date:5/20/2015)... MECHANICSBURG, Pa. , May 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... announced that the Federal Trade Commission granted early ... (HSR) Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, ... by MJ Acquisition Corporation, a joint venture that ... XII, L.P. As previously announced, MJ ...
(Date:5/20/2015)... -- Haemonetics Corporation (NYSE: HAE ) announced today that ... at The Jefferies 2015 Global Healthcare Conference in ... , 2015 at 8:30am Eastern time.  ... webcast at: http://wsw.com/webcast/jeff88/hae ... a global healthcare company dedicated to providing innovative blood ...
(Date:5/20/2015)... (PRWEB) May 20, 2015 Optivia ... assay services for Drug-Drug Interactions (DDI), Metabolism and ... a world leader in assessing impact of drugs ... Pharmacology supported by biosimulation, announced today that they ... allows both companies to expand their product and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Julia O’Neill Joins Tunnell Consulting’s Operational and Process Improvement Practice 2Select Medical Corporation's Proposed Acquisition of Concentra Inc. through Joint Venture with Welsh Carson Receives Antitrust Clearance 2Optivia Biotechnology Inc. and Rhenovia Pharma Sign Partnership Agreement 2Optivia Biotechnology Inc. and Rhenovia Pharma Sign Partnership Agreement 3
Cached News: