More ice buckets; ALS research taking place at KU

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 in Campus News and News

Notable members of the KU community have ceremoniously been drenched with buckets of ice water in an attempt to help raise awareness and money for the ALS Association, a national non-profit organization dedicated to fighting Lou Gehrig’s disease—most recently, the KU men’s basketball team accepted Coach Self’s challenge.

As of yesterday, the ALS Association reports that donations have topped $88 million dollars, with the donations coming from existing donors and more than 1.9 million new donors to the organization.

Did you know that ALS research is taking place at KU? According to Andy Hyland, translational medicine communications coordinator at the University of Kansas Medical Center, an ongoing study at the medical center is enrolling patients at ten different sites across the country. The study examines the use of the drug rasagiline, which is already approved for use in Parkinson’s disease, in patients with ALS.

Richard J. Barohn, M.D., distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Neurology, has treated patients with ALS for decades and serves as the principal investigator on the study, which is partially funded by the ALS Association. Dr. Barohn’s research focuses on neuromuscular diseases, and he was featured in a Kansas City Business Journal article last week.

To donate directly to ALS research at KU, visit

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