Sean M. Healey & AMG Center for ALS
Prizes Recognizing Innovation in ALS
The Healey Center offers two prizes for innovation in ALS as global awards celebrating advances in research and care: the Healey International Prize for Innovation in ALS Research, and the Gupta Family Endowed Prize for Innovation in ALS Care.
Healey International Prize for Innovation in ALS Research
The Sean M. Healey International Prize for Innovation in ALS Research recognizes an individual or a team of investigators who catalyze exceptional discoveries leading to a transformative advance in therapy development in ALS.
Announcing the first annual award in 2019, Healey Center Director Merit Cudkowicz, MD, MsC said “My vision for the Healey Center International Prize for Innovation is that it will recognize forward-thinking innovators to join the cause and find the cure."
Leonard H. van den Berg, PhD
Project MinE is a groundbreaking, truly global and hugely innovative consortium which has driven ALS research forward and inspired many similar projects.
2021: PRO-ACT, the Pooled Resource Open-Access ALS Clinical Trials Database, for building the largest ALS clinical trials dataset ever created. PRO-ACT merges data from existing publicly- and privately-conducted ALS clinical trials to generate an invaluable resource for accelerating discovery in the field of ALS. Learn more.2020: Project MinE, for developing the largest single disease whole genome sequencing project in the world. Award recipients include Professor Ammar Al-Chalabi of Kings College London, Professor Jan H. Veldink of University Medical Center Utrecht, Professor Orla Hardiman of Trinity College Dublin, Professor Phillip Van Damme of University of Leuven, Belgium, Professor Leonard H. van den Berg of University Medical Center Utrecht, Professor Jonathan D. Glass of Emory University, Professor John Landers of University of Massachusetts Medical School and Ms. Evy Reviers of EUpALS, Belgium. Learn more.
2019: Timothy Miller, MD, PhD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis; Don Cleveland, PhD, of the Ludwig Institute at the University of California at San Diego; Richard Smith, MD, of the Center of Neurological Study in La Jolla, California; Toby Ferguson, MD, PhD, for Biogen and Frank Bennett, PhD, for Ionis Pharmaceuticals; for their work creating the first clinical trial of antisense oligonucleotide (ASO) therapy for ALS. Learn more.
Gupta Family Endowed Prize for Innovation in ALS Care
Inaugurated in 2021, Gupta Family Endowed Prize for Innovation in ALS Care is a global prize to honor ground-breaking new approaches that lead to exceptional care for individuals living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).Read the 2022 Request for Nominations
2021: Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center ALS Clinic, for pioneering decentralized multidisciplinary ALS care using digital health and targeted remote monitoring technologies. Learn more.
Lalji Family ALS Award
In 2021, Drs. Shelena and Ayeez Lalji established an award to recognize an individual or team of investigators for excellence in their transformative scientific discoveries focused on repair of neurological function in ALS.
2021: Marc Freeman, PhD and Michael Coleman, PhD, for their excellence in transformative scientific discoveries focused on repair of neurological function in ALS. Learn more.