Elsa Tremblay is named the ALS Cycle of Hope Doctoral Research Award recipient
As of May 2016, Elsa will receive funding over a two year period. Working with Dr. Richard Robitaille at the Université de Montréal, Elsa will focus her work specifically on the connection between the motor neuron and muscle called the neuromuscular junction (NMJ), and in particular, screening drugs to find potential treatments that can maintain the strength of the NMJ. This will be done in collaboration with other laboratories that are pre-screening databases of drugs on ALS models of worms and fish.
Those that are positive will be tested by Elsa and measured for their ability to preserve muscle force. Furthermore, Elsa will examine the role of specialized cells called perisynaptic schwann cells (PSC) in ALS model mice and determine if they might represent a target for therapy in ALS. Not only has Elsa achieved stellar academic and professional credentials to date, but she is a volunteer and has been personally touched by ALS in her family, who have also curated a WALK for ALS in the community of Charlevoix for the past 12 years. Her passion to make ALS treatable is undeniable and falls completely in line with the vision of ALS Canada. We look forward to learning the results of her exciting work.
2016 Fundraising Goal
Our goal is to raise $50,000 for two key organizations.
- ALS Canada to fund doctoral research student Elsa Tremblay for her work to better understand the cause of ALS.
- ALS BC/Yukon for the Cycle of Hope Lemon“aid” Continuing Education Fund that provides financial “aid” to B.C. students whose parent is living with or has passed away from ALS
Ways to Show Your Support
We offer multiple events and ways that you can get involved, show your support and help us reach our fundraising goals. Watch the website for more details to come.