The ALS Association's Milton Safenowitz Postdoctoral Fellowship Program has awarded $600,000 in funding to young scientists in the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) field.
Ninety percent of the association's postdoctoral fellows remain in ALS research to start their own laboratories, according to an ALS Association news statement.
ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
People with ALS eventually lose the ability to start and control muscle movement, which leads to total paralysis and death, usually within two to five years of diagnosis.
The Milton Safenowitz Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was founded by the Safenowitz family through the Greater New York Chapter of The ALS Association and in memory of Safenowitz, who died of ALS in 1998.
For more information about the ALS Association, visit www.alsa.org.
ALS Association awards $600,000 to fund postdoctoral fellows