WORCESTER (CBS) — If you’ve ever wondered where all that money from the Ice Bucket Challenge went – here’s part of the answer.
Thanks to funding from the ALS Association, a team of international researchers led by UMass Medical School Dr. John Landers just identified a new gene called KIF5A that’s connected to ALS. They also have more evidence now that defects in a cell’s cytoskeleton are a common factor in the disease.READ MORE: Revolution Stunned After Disappointing End To Historic 2021 Season
“Identifying common mechanisms leading to ALS is essential in developing therapeutics for the disease,” Landers said in a statement.
ALS is a cruel disease that robs patients of their muscle control and eventually leads to paralysis and death. There is no cure.READ MORE: Revolution Season Comes To Disappointing End With Loss To NYCFC In East Semis
Researchers said funding from the ALS Association was “instrumental” in this discovery.
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The Ice Bucket Challenge, inspired by Beverly’s Pete Frates, has raised more than $220 million for ALS research since 2014.