what is the core?

The Core is the world’s first and only partnership between a world-class academic institution and a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to a full-spectrum approach to ALS drug development. Our goal is to develop the first effective treatments, and ultimately a cure, for ALS.


THE CORE has made significant progress toward better therapeutic options for ALS. These accomplishments are increasing the number and testing the feasibility of potential ALS therapies, improving possible diagnostic tools in the clinic, and expediting the transition of promising drug candidates into patient populations. Among its achievements, CORE researchers have:

“For the first time, ALS patients can directly participate in research that will move us toward therapies that actually work…The Core provides an immensely exciting opportunity to capitalize on decades of ALS advances and translate them into meaningful treatments now.”

Neil Shneider, MD, PhD, Director of the Eleanor and Lou Gehrig ALS Center at Columbia