The idea for ResearchALS.org first grew out of discussions between Prize4Life and the Alzheimer Research Forum. Prize4Life is a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the discovery of treatments and cures for ALS. The Alzheimer Research Forum, also known as the Alzforum, is an online research community dedicated to furthering research into Alzheimer's disease and related neurodegenerative disorders. Prize4Life and the Alzforum were interested in exploring ways in which the Alzforum's proven approach to accelerating research could be applied to the ALS research community.
The vision for this effort is that ResearchALS.org will grow to become the gateway to a collection of some of the most important and valuable ALS-related resources targeted specifically towards both academic and industry-based researchers. We will identify existing research resources and build new tools to help veteran researchers accelerate their work and to help those new to the ALS field quickly get up to speed. ResearchALS.org currently consists of content developed through our partnership with the Alzforum and filtered for its relevance to ALS, as well as links to ALS review articles, and a dynamic listing of current drug development efforts relevant to ALS. As we engage partners and the website grows, we plan to build a number of additional functionalities.
As this portal continues to develop, we envision that ResearchALS.org will become an essential part of the ALS research infrastructure, contributing both to our basic understanding of the complex pathology underlying ALS as well as to the more rapid development of ALS treatments. We welcome your feedback and input as we work together to make this site a powerful tool to encourage more people to research ALS.