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The New York Genome Center Team Walks To Defeat ALS In Hudson Valley

October 21, 2015

The New York Genome Center (NYGC) joined the ALS Association on Sunday, October 18 at the Hudson Valley Walk to Defeat ALS. The Walk to Defeat ALS is the ALS Association’s biggest annual event, which raises funds that allow local chapters to sustain care services and support research. NYGC’s team participated in the previous New York City, New Jersey and Long Island walks this year.

Last year the ALS Association made a financial commitment of $2.5 million to support NYGC’s Center for Genomics of Neurodegenerative Disease (CGND). The funds were matched by a $2.5 million grant from the Tow Foundation.

The mission of the CGND is to harness state-of-the-art genetic, genomic and bioinformatics tools to gain insights into motor neuron disease mechanisms and to use this knowledge to identify new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to these devastating diseases. Funding by The ALS Association will further the work of the Center as it combines the expertise of world-class scientists dedicated to discovering the genetic underpinnings of ALS.

About the New York Genome Center

The New York Genome Center (NYGC) is an independent, nonprofit at the forefront of transforming biomedical research and clinical care with the mission of saving lives. As a consortium of renowned academic, medical and industry leaders across the globe, NYGC focuses on translating genomic research into clinical solutions for serious disease. Our member organizations and partners are united in this unprecedented collaboration of technology, science, and medicine. We harness the power of innovation and discoveries to improve people’s lives – ethically, equitably, and urgently. Member institutions include: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, American Museum of Natural History, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Cornell University/Weill Cornell Medicine, Hospital for Special Surgery, The Jackson Laboratory, Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, The New York Stem Cell Foundation, New York University, North Shore-LIJ, The Rockefeller University, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Stony Brook University. For more information, visit:

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