“Ice Bucket Challenge” videos fuel “major breakthrough” in fight against ALS

News 8's Darren Kramer taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (Photo: WTNH/ Darren Kramer)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – It has been just about a year since social media exploded with the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” a viral awareness and fundraising campaign to fuel the fight against ALS.  Now, a year later, scientists say the impact from that global effort has resulted in medical advances in the fight against ALS.

Thursday researchers at Johns Hopkins University say they have made a breakthrough in the fight against ALS, fueled by “Ice Bucket” money. Researchers say they have discovered how a brain protein linked to ALS works, and with that information have developed a potential treatment.  Right now the treatment is being tested on the cells of mice.  If progress continues, human trials could be coming.

The “Ice Bucket Challenge” is credited with raising up to $220 million dollars for the fight against ALS, with much of that money going directly to research.



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