ALS breakthroughs thanks to Ice Bucket Challenge
(AFP) A social media fundraising effort is to thank for major breakthroughs in the fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), say researchers at Johns Hopkins University in the US.
Led by Professor Philip Wong who, like 17 million other people, doused himself with a bucked of ice cold water, filmed it and posted it on social media to help raise what would ultimately be more than $220 million, the team says their research has advanced.
Dr. Wong and his team say they have come to better understand a protein called TDP-43 demonstrating improper functioning in the brains of nearly all ALS patients.
ALS patient Pat Quinn, who was diagnosed in 2013, co-founded the Ice Bucket Challenge with Pete Frates, a former Boston College baseball player diagnosed with ALS in 2012.