Univ. of Missouri-Columbia Found New Ways to Study Swallowing That May Lead to Improved ALS Treatments

Nov 15, 2018 | ALS

University of Missouri-Columbia recently published a study titled “Hypoglossal Motor Neuron Death Via Intralingual CTB-saporin (CTB-SAP) Injections Mimic Aspects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Related to Dysphagia” which was published by the Journal Neuroscience. The research was financially sponsored by the following:

    • National Institutes of Health
    • University of Missouri Research Board
    • A Richard Wallace Faculty Incentive Grant provided by Mizzou Alumni Association
    • Veterinary Research Scholars Program

The researchers found a way to mimic human swallowing problems caused by ALS in mice. This will hopefully open the door to finding new ways to preserve and restore swallowing functions in patients with ALS.

Lead Research/Investigators

 Teresa Lever, PhD, associate professor of otolaryngology

Nicole Nichols, PhD, assistant professor of Biomedical Sciences at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine and investigator at the MU Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center




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