Since its founding in 2000, the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins has remained the only international scientific operation dedicated solely to curing ALS, a motor neuron disease also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Packard's approach is unique in that they combine real scientific collaboration and research with fundraising for the development of new treatments.
Now in its fifteenth year, the Robert Packard Center brings ALS scientists from all over the world together to combine forces in ALS research. The Center currently has twenty-seven research projects underway. Each month, brainstorming sessions identify promising research approaches and evaluate progress. Packard grantees, their post-docs and laboratory staff, our scientific advisors, collaborating clinicians, and a bare-bones administrative staff work together in this dedicated network. We also partner with other ALS nonprofits to give our researchers the most support available.
The Packard Center aggressively pursues its ALS research mission. Academic medical research is sometimes applauded for how well it explains biology rather than how well it translates to the clinic. All of the Center's work, however, focuses wholly on finding treatments to slow or cure ALS. While the Packard Center is affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Center receives no University funding. Our work is dependent upon the philanthropic support of private donors, foundations, and corporate partners.
To learn more about the work of the Center, please visit www.alscenter.org