ALS Research in Alberta

Dr. Sanjay kalra

ALS research had an unprecendented year in 2015. The final recipients of the 2015 grant competitions were announced, with the largest grant going to Dr. Sanjay Kalra, Professor at the Department of Medicine of the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute. This $2.94 million investment will aid Dr. Kalra’s research team in the exploration of new high-powered MRI techniques that may be able to diagnose ALS earlier, monitor disease progression and determine treatment efficacy

Dr. Lawrence Korngut

Dr. Lawrence Korngut, Director of the ALS and Motor Neuron Disease Clinic, was awarded some of the first financial support for clinical trials taking place in Calgary. He is working to establish Pimozide, which is an older medication used to treat psychiatric illnesses, that has looked very promising as a treatment for ALS.

Dr. amir sanati nezhad

Dr. Amir Sanati Nezhad, Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, was awarded a Brain Canada Discovery Grant to further investigate motor neurons. This study will allow for a better understanding of ALS and potential treatments.


Dr. Kelvin Jones

Dr.  Jones is a two-time recipient of funding from the ALS Canada Research Program, which is supported by donors to the ALS Society of Alberta. A major focus of his lab at the University of Alberta is how exercise, or lack thereof, can influence the progression of ALS. Dr. Jones presented his compelling findings in Dublin at the International ALS/MND Symposium in December 2016, enabling ALS researchers from all over the world to learn about this Canadian research.


Past Recipients of National Grants and Funding

Dr. Amanda Fiander, University of Calgary
Bernice Ramsay Clinical Research Fellowship (2014)