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Established in 1985, The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. As the preeminent ALS organization, The Association leads the way in research, care services, public education, and public policy giving help and hope to those facing the disease. The Association's nationwide network of chapters provides comprehensive patient services and support to the ALS community. The mission of The ALS Association is to lead the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy, while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. The ALS Association has committed more than $58 million to find effective treatments and a cure for Lou Gehrig's Disease. Our global research effort has helped increase the number of scientists working on ALS, advanced new discoveries and treatments, and has shed light on the complex genetic and environmental factors involved in ALS. Diversity exemplifies The ALS Association's research philosophy. The Association spearheads investigator-initiated projects that originate from the minds of scientists. It also has ALS Association-initiated projects in which research ideas come from a small, blue ribbon committee of scientists who reach out with specific projects for designated scientists in the field. The ALS Association offers multi-year grants to established investigators, as well as one-year starter research awards. The Association is proud to administer The Milton Safenowitz Post-Doctoral Fellowship for ALS Research, which is the only post-doctoral fellowship for ALS research. In addition, The ALS Association's Sheila Essey Award, the premier ALS award, recognizes achievement in research. The ALS Association holds workshops each year that bring together scientists researching ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases to generate new research suggestions and fresh insight. In addition, our TREAT ALS (Transitional Research Advancing Therapy for ALS) initiative combines efficient new drug discovery with priorities set for existing drug candidates to accelerate clinical testing of compounds with promise for the disease. Our Clinical Management Research Program focuses on managing the care of people with ALS in such areas as nutrition, respiration, mobility and psychosocial needs. Since 1998, The Association has funded 21 clinical management research projects representing a total commitment of $750,000. The Association produces a series of manuals and videos as well as a DVD, called Living with ALS, that educate patients about all aspects of the disease.