Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research…



The vaccine to conquer polio was discovered at The University of Pittsburgh over 60 years ago.  Now, it’s the start of a whole new ballgame!

We are thrilled to announce The Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research, a $10 million research facility at the University of Pittsburgh’s Brain Institute.  Neil knew that research to find a cure wouldn’t help himself, but he wanted to “do it for the next guy… the next father, mother, sister or brother who receives this diagnosis.”  His last public act was a pledge to raise $2.5 million over the next five years to make this Center a reality, and the University of Pittsburgh matched that pledge to bring the initial funding commitment of $5 million.  Big thanks to our many donors who have made this dream come true!

The research priorities for the Center include:

  • Examine the neurobiology of ALS.
  • Develop a non-human primate model of the disease.
  • Support clinical trials to slow or reverse the progression of ALS.
  • Award “discovery” grants to catalyze novel research approaches.
  • Promote quality-of-life research through neurotechnology.

Click here to see the website for The University of Pittsburgh’s Brain Institute and here read more about the research priorities of the Center.

Most Recent News from the Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research:

– Lead Investigator Dr. Christopher Donnelly Joins LiveLikeLou ALS Research Center – September 12, 2015

– Suzanne and University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute Director Peter Strick Interviewed by KDKA – June 21, 2015

– Neil and Suzanne talk about the Research Center – February 5, 2015

– WTAE’s Wendy Bell reports on the “Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research” – February 5, 2015

– Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s Paula Ward:  “University of Pittsburgh to create center for Lou Gehrig’s disease research” – February 5, 2015

– People – “Neil Alexander Raised $1.3 Million to Help Fight ALS” – February 5, 2015

– Pittsburgh Tribune Review – Adam Smeltz’s “Pitt launches center to development treatments for ALS” – February 5, 2015