Library Reception to be held on June 22 for ALS Exhibit

Join us in recognizing ALS Research at UVM at a reception from 2 to 3 pm. Enjoy light refreshments and take a closer look at the exhibit that is now on display.

Exhibit Title: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS): the Science, the Search, and the Stories
When: Thursday, June 22, 2 – 3 pm
Where: Dana Medical Library Main Hallway

This exhibit looks at the presence of ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, in the Champlain Valley and the research being done at UVM in search of a cure. A study spearheaded by Dr. Rup Tandan, a professor of Neurology at the Larner College of Medicine, finds a connection between the presence of the neurotoxin beta methyl-amino-alanine (BMAA), found in blue-green algae blooms in local bodies of water, and the higher number of recorded cases of ALS in the surrounding areas. The Champlain Valley has been cited as one of these areas.

ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that is 100% fatal. It affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and causes motor neurons to degenerate and die off.  When this happens, the brain is unable to relay signals to those muscles and control voluntary muscle movements. About 20,000 Americans can have this disease at any given time.

The exhibit also highlights books and movies on ALS, as well as people whose lives have been affected.

Exhibit will be up until the week of June 26th. Stop by and learn more! Questions? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.