News from the ALS Therapy Development Institute
Volume 18 Issue 4 | September 12, 2017
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Beer's Impact on the Pace of ALS Research

ALS has been a significant part of Cheryl Hanses' family for sixty years; out of twenty-five cousins in her generation, all but 3 of them have lost a parent to ALS. Since 2013, Cheryl and her husband, Mike Smith, have taken giant steps to help defeat the disease. Read more about how an ALS family and a national community of hop growers and brewers have dedicated themselves to advancing ALS research at ALS TDI.


Join us October 14 for the White Coat Affair!

Purchase your tickets today for the 7th annual White Coat Affair gala, taking place on Saturday, October 14 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. Join us for an evening of cocktails, dinner, live music, and the opportunity to honor those whose lives have been touched by ALS. Featuring Angelina Fanous of HBO VICE and Beth Hebron of “The Styled Mannequin.” And don't miss the Good Vibes After Party with DJ and dancing, open bar, midnight snacks, and all out revelry! Tickets are on sale now!

Scientist Spotlight: Beth Levine

Beth Levine is a Senior Associate Scientist and Project Manager here at the ALS Therapy Development Institute. As she marks her 10-year work anniversary at ALS TDI, she talks about the best parts of her job, the biggest challenges she faces in the search for a cure for ALS, and what she’s most excited about in research right now. Read more here.

Play Corntoss to #EndALS!

The Young Faces of ALS National Corntoss Challenge raises funds and awareness for ALS each summer through corntoss/cornhole tournaments in cities nationwide. This year’s program has raised over $250,000 to date! With three more events taking place in September, it’s not too late to join the fun and help us reach our goal of $300,000. Register today for Boston (9/16), Panama City Beach (9/23), or Washington, DC  (9/30).

Want to bring Corntoss to your city? Email us at to see how you can get involved in the 2018 season.