$20 Million in Funding from Committed Team of Donors, including the National Football League, the PGA TOUR, ALS Finding a Cure (a project of the Leandro P. Rizzuto Foundation), Travelers, The Fishman Family and The Bari Lipp Foundation.
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15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117
- MD, Harvard Medical School
- Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
American Board Certifications
- Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
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My research activities are dedicated to the study and treatment of patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and other neurological disorders. As Director of the MGH Neurological Clinical Research Institute and the Principal Investigator for the NINDS supported NeuroNEXT Clinical Coordinating center (www.neuronext.org), I design clinical trials to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of therapies that have shown promise in preclinical studies. In ALS, I co-founded an international consortium to test novel therapies in ALS, the Northeast ALS (NEALS) consortium. The NEALS consortium consists of over 128 clinical sites in the United States and Canada dedicated to performing joint academic led clinical trials in ALS.. We are leading several new trials in ALS. There is a critical need in neurology for highly trained clinical investigators who work collaboratively with basic scientists to develop new therapeutic strategies.
In 2019 we launched the Sean M. Healey & AMG Center for ALS at Mass General. This new Center is dedicated to accelerating therapy development and access to treatments for people with ALS. We are launching the first Platform Trial initiative in ALS where several treatments will be tested in one platform approach. This groundbreaking initiative will cut in half the time to develop treatments, increase by 67% ability of people to receive active treatment and cut costs of drug development by 33%. This approach, already successful in oncology, will revolutionize how treatments are developed in ALS. The Healey Center bring collaborators from around the world to work together to find treatments for people with ALS.
- Jul | 10 | 2017
In September 2016, Smith donated $7 million to fund the development of an ALS and movement disorders clinic and neuroscience institute at Holy Cross Hospital, which work closely with Mass General clinicians and researchers.
- Press Release
- Nov | 14 | 2018
Mass General is spearheading a revolutionary new approach to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research and care with the opening of a new center, thanks to a $40 million donation – the third largest gift in the hospital’s history.
- Dec | 1 | 2013
The Northeast ALS Consortium, co-founded by Massachusetts General Hospital researcher Merit Cudkowicz, MD, has spurred basic and translational research that has led to investigational therapies and improved patient outcomes.
- Nov | 8 | 2018
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is teaming up with former NFL football player, children's book author and sports TV commentator, Tim Green, in an exciting new social media campaign aimed at knocking down barriers in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and bringing research to the next level.
- Press Release
- Jul | 9 | 2019
One day after the launch of the new Sean M. Healey & AMG Center for ALS at Mass General on November 29 and 30, 2018, the Center’s scientific advisory council (SAC) held their first meeting in Palm Beach, Florida.