How Can I Participate in ALS Research?   

There are a number of different ways people living with ALS can participate in research, from qualitative studies providing deeper insight into the experience of living with ALS to observational research documenting the progression of the disease to clinical trials testing the safety and effectiveness of new treatments. There are also research opportunities for family members of people living with ALS as well as current and past caregivers.

Below, we have listed several different ways you can get involved in research. Please talk with your doctor about which ones could be right for you.  

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Enroll in a Clinical Trial  

Clinical trials are the most reliable – and ultimately the fastest – way to translate promising laboratory science into new and better ways to treat and care for people living with ALS. During these trials, researchers test whether an experimental treatment is safe and effective within a controlled setting.  

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Participate in an Observational Study  

Observational studies are extremely important for a disease as complex and poorly understood as ALS. The information gathered during these studies helps researchers identify risk factors, better understand the progression of the disease and ultimately find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat ALS.  

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Join the National ALS Registry  

The National ALS Registry may be the single largest ALS research project ever created. It is designed to determine how many people in the U.S. are living with ALS, who develops the disease and what the possible causes are.  

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Share Your Experiences and Insights  

The ALS Focus survey program asks people living with ALS and current and past caregivers about their preferences, needs and experiences. This data is used to inform strategies that help enhance research, care and advocacy.  

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Support Scientific Discovery 
Researchers are close to making major scientific breakthroughs and developing new ALS therapies. Your support can help them finish the work they’ve started and find the way to a cure. 
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