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ALS Texas provides support for innovative ALS research happening right here in our state in the search for better treatments and a cure for ALS.

Innovative ALS Research in Texas

Treg Study at Houston Methodist

Neurologist Dr. Stanley Appel and his team recently discovered a key component affecting ALS progression: low levels of regulatory T cells (also known as Tregs). They found in Phase 1 of clinical trials that improving the number and function of a patient’s Tregs significantly slowed the progression of ALS. The Treg study is now in Phase 2 of clinical trials to further evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the treatment.

HEALEY ALS Platform Trial

In 2020, the ALS Association, in partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital, launched the innovative HEALEY ALS Platform Trial. Unlike most clinical trials where only a single drug is tested, the HEALEY ALS Platform Trial enables us to test multiple proposed drug treatments at once. There are three platform sites in Texas, including Texas Neurology, which was one of the first five test sites nationwide.

Research and Clinical Trial Locations

Today, there are 58 active clinical research trials running in Texas with 10 of those currently enrolling new participants. Access to ALS research in Texas has been made possible through the expansion of Multidisciplinary ALS Clinics across the state. Currently, ALS Texas partners with 12 ALS clinics in Texas, all of which play a crucial role in the search for treatments and a cure for ALS.

On a national level, the ALS Association has long been the leader in funding ALS research across the globe. Learn more about national research efforts.

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