Study Purpose:This program provides family members of individuals with familial ALS the opportunity to contribute to research focused on learning more about why motor neuron degeneration begins and how or why it progresses. This study provides genetic counseling and testing to help participants understand and manage their risk and determine if they want to learn their genetic status. This study will follow unaffected ALS gene mutation carriers on an annual basis to gather essential information that will ultimately help researchers develop novel therapies for the prevention and treatment of ALS.
Type of Intervention:
Study Chair(s)/Principal Investigator(s):
Matthew Harms, MD, Columbia University
Coordinating Center Contact Information
New York, New York, 10032 United States
Full Study Summary:
The ALS Families Project will study unaffected carriers of ALS/FTD-associated gene mutations to investigate the first steps in the disease process that leads to motor neuron degeneration, with the goal of identifying early disease targets and points of intervention to slow or stop disease onset and progression.
Unaffected individuals who have either a family member with a known ALS/FTD-associated gene mutation or have a strong family history of ALS and FTD are invited to participate in the ALS Families Project. For those who enroll, research visits will occur every 6-12 months.
Estimated Study Start Date:
09 / 11 / 2018
Estimated Study Completion Date:
09 / 01 / 2023
Posting Last Modified Date:
09 / 19 / 2022
Date Study Added to neals.org:
03 / 06 / 2019
105 YearsInclusion Criteria:
- Men or women of any race or ethnicity aged 18 or older
- No symptoms of ALS or fronto-temporal dementia at enrollment
- Have a first degree relative who had an ALS-spectrum diagnosis with a confirmed ALS-spectrum gene mutation; or already have had genetic testing and have tested positive for an ALS-spectrum gene mutation.
- Willing to undergo genetic testing with option of whether or not to learn results
- Willing to travel to Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) every 6-24 months for study procedures
- Capable of providing informed consent and following study procedures, or has a legally authorized representative who is able to consent for the subject.
- Known HIV
- Known hepatitis B
- Known hepatitis C
Columbia University | Recruiting
New York, New York