ALS Research

How Is ALS Research Progressing?

On November 19th, 2015, the ALS Society of Canada announced historical investments to further research towards a treatment and a cure. ALS Canada Research Program funds the most promising research, aiming to make ALS a treatable disease. A total of nine competitive calls were put out for grants ranging from $75,000 to $2.9 million, the portfolio of projects were selected through a highly competitive process, reviewed by national and international panels of ALS research experts, with the applications judged for work that would significantly move the field of ALS research forward. In total the 34 projects being funded through the announcements in one year represent 56 investigators at 15 universities in seven provinces.

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How Does the ALS Society Help?

The ALS Society of Quebec supports and contributes funding towards research for the treatment and cure of ALS. We support the initiatives of the ALS Society of Canada through our annual fundraising events by:

  • Investing research funds where they will have the most impact.
  • Funding excellent and relevant peer-reviewed research.
  • Funding research that is evaluated at a high level using international evaluation methods adopted by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

The ALS Society of Canada funds the most promising projects by the finest scientists. Canadian scientists from Montréal, Quebec, London, Toronto, and Vancouver are international leaders in ALS research.

How Can You Help?

Canadian Neuromuscular Disease Registry

Sign up for the Canadian Neuromuscular Disease Registry. The registry helps patients connect with researchers to participate in clinical research that benefit patients by offering possible new therapies, treatments and understanding of their disease. It is the only means by which valid national epidemiologic data about ALS can be obtained.

Latest News

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Odette Lacroix: winner of the 2016 Chantal Lanthier Award

Words are not enough to describe  Odette Lacroix’s tireless work for the Society, even now, at the age of 75! In recognition of her dedication,  Odette received the Chantal Lanthier Award, awarded to a volunteer whose remarkable contribution to our mission makes him or her an inspiration to others. From the moment Odette’s husband, Pierre Lacroix, […]

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Dominic Delambre, Luc Vilandré and Michel Simard : behind the Ride to Fight ALS’s success

Since its 2008 inception, the Ride to Fight ALS has brought together hundreds of cyclists and has generated over 1.6 million dollars, thus making it one of the Society’s flagship events. Luc Vilandré, Dominic Delambre and Michel Simard are among a long list of committed volunteers who have managed to propel this cycling challenge forward. […]

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Gilles Martel: moving forward, one walk at a time

In 2003, the letters “A-L-S” increasingly resonated with the daily life of Gilles Martel. While a certain Jean Lepage raised funds for ALS in the Charlevoix region, his very good friend Ghislain, and his wife Angèle, were facing the consequences of the disease. “We had known them for 25, 30 years. Everything in Ghislain’s personal […]

Upcoming Events

May 1 @ 18:00 – 20:00
ALS caregiver support Group In partnership with Nova West Island and with the generous support of the Tony Proudfoot Fund, monthly meetings are organized with fellow ALS caregivers to discuss some of the challenges each[...]
May 2 @ 13:30 – 15:30 ALS Society of Quebec
Have you been touched by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?  Would you like to share and exchange with others who understand your experience with ALS? Two groups are offered simultaneously: one for the people with ALS and[...]
May 3 @ 13:00 – 16:00 Caisse Desjardins du personnel municipale de Québec
This presentation in French is intended to demystify palliative care, as well as, to discuss the services that are available and what it means  to accompany someone during this stage. The goal is to alleviate[...]
May 6 @ 09:00 Promenade Gérard Côté, Saint-Hyacinthe
Location: Promenade Gérard-Côté, Saint-Hyacinthe. Meeting point: Downtown Saint-Hyacinthe, parking behind the Fédération des Caisses populaires Desjardins (entrance on Bourdages street) Registration: 8:30am Walk/run start: 9:00am Walk/run end: 9:50am Cost: Free or donation proportional to the number of[...]