KingPeter H. King, M.D., professor in the Department of Neurology, has received $385,000 over two years from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to pursue promising leads in an effort to find ways to better diagnose ALS and track its progression.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease of motor neurons – nerve cells – that control muscle activity. Motor neurons travel from the brain through the spinal cord to the muscles where they activate muscle contraction. The degeneration of motor neurons leads to muscle weakness; patients may become totally paralyzed and lose their ability to breath in the later stages of the disease

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