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The Ice Bucket Challenge raised more than $100 million for ALS research, but turning money and enthusiasm into therapies and cures for the deadly disease is an entirely different type of challenge.
Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley was among the guests on BioCenturyTV This Week on October 19 to discuss the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, our national voter education initiative Ask Your Candidates! and the need for stronger support for medical research.
“We need to make sure to tell the people we’re hiring to serve in Congress that it’s really important to fund research for health, and right now is a good time to be doing that,” said Mary Woolley.
Other guests included:
- Dr. Brett Morrison, a physician and assistant professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University
- Richard Garr, CEO of Neuralstem, a company that is conducting trials of a stem cell therapy for ALS
- Benjamin Corb, director of public affairs at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology