Project Title: A Comparative Analysis of ALS Clinical Trials
BASIS Advisor: Mrunali Das
Internship Location: New York Genome Center
Onsite Mentor: Nadia Propp
ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Over time, the motor neurons, which connect and allow communication between muscles and the brain and spinal cord, gradually degenerate until the cells die. Once this occurs, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost, which negatively impacts one’s ability to speak, eat, move, and breathe. Currently, no cure for ALS exists, and medical care for ALS patients imparts a huge financial burden, at an estimated $200,000 per year. However, there have been a number of clinical trials that have attempted to find a treatment, ranging from drug trials to stem cell therapy. Through many angles of cutting-edge research, the Center for Genomics of Neurodegenerative Disease (CGND) at the New York Genome Center integrates and combines all possible approaches to studying ALS. During my internship at CGND, I will assist research scientists by utilizing microscopy and molecular techniques and cultivating stem cells, and I will grasp a better understanding of international and domestic differences in ALS research by studying the resources of the lab’s ALS Consortium.
Hello! My name is Kimora Fenton, and after 6 years of being a student at BASIS Independent Brooklyn, I am excited about this opportunity to finally conduct my Senior Research Project. As an aspiring surgeon with a newfound interest in neuroscience, I look forward to engaging in cutting-edge research that will set the foundation for […]