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Our Membership

Our members, or “sites”, are medical institutions equipped to perform clinical trials in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and motor neuron diseases.  Despite our name, The Northeast ALS Consortium (NEALS) is an international group with over 100 member sites in North America, Israel, Germany, Lebanon, and Australia.

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Coordinating Centers

NEALS research and training activities are managed from our two “Coordinating Centers” located at Massachusetts General Hospital and Barrow Neurological Institute. The Coordinating Centers are responsible for the management and conduct of "NEALS-affiliated" trials. When a trial is considered to be "NEALS-affiliated", it means that the sponsor of the trial has contracted NEALS Coordinating Centers to help conduct the trial. A sponsor may contract NEALS to manage an entire trial or just a portion of the work.

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Our Leadership

NEALS is governed by an Executive Committee made up of twelve members. Each member brings a depth of experience and a unique perspective to the governance of NEALS. Our research activities are also advised by an experienced Scientific Advisory Board.

NEALS Executive Committee:

Jonathan Glass, MD Co-Chair
Terry Heiman-Patterson, MD Co-Chair
Merit Cudkowicz, MD, MSc NEALS Coordinating Center Chair
Jeremy Shefner, MD, PhD NEALS Outcomes/Monitoring Center Chair
Nazem Atassi, MD, MMSc Investigator Representative
James Berry, MD Investigator Representative
Robert Bowser, PhD  Investigator Representative
Tim Miller, MD, PhD Investigator Representative
Robert H. Brown, MD, DPhil Scientific Advisory Board Chair
Jeffrey D. Rothstein, MD, PhD Scientific Advisory Board Chair
Sara Feldman PT, DPT, ATP Clinical Evaluator Representative
Peggy Allred, PT, DPT Clinical Coordinator Representative

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