Natural History of ALS and Other Motor Neuron Disorders


ALS is a devastating degenerative disorder which leads to progressive disability and death in an average of four years. The cause is unknown and there is no effective treatment. This registry will ask participants diagnosed with ALS for clinical and demographic data to help researchers discover future treatments.


The following types of clinical and demographic data will be collected: 
  • Diagnosis 
  • ALS history
  • Imaging results 
  • Family history 
  • Gene mutations 
  • Demographics (gender, ethnic group)
  • Medical history 
  • Medications 
  • Vital signs 
  • Labs

For more details about the data collected in this study, please contact Rebecca Zelmanovich:


  • A clinical diagnosis of El Escorial of suspected, possible, probable, or definite ALS
  • Other Motor Neuron disorders, including but not limited to spinobulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA, Kennedy’s disease), Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS), Progressive Muscular Atrophy (PMA), Progressive Bulbar Palsy (PBP)

For more details about eligibility criteria, please contact Rebecca Zelmanovich:


18 to 65
65 and over



Can be done from home



Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS - resources, ALS, Neurology

Principal Investigator

James Wymer, MD, PhD



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