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Genetics of Familial and Sporadic ALS (ALS)

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified January 2017 by Northwestern University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Teepu Siddique, Northwestern University Identifier:
First received: January 9, 2009
Last updated: January 4, 2017
Last verified: January 2017
We are collecting blood samples, clinical and family information from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) patients and their families to identify causes of ALS and ALS/dementia.

Condition Intervention
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis With Frontotemporal Dementia
Lou Gehrig's Disease
Motor Neuron Disease
Primary Lateral Sclerosis
Other: Genetic study of ALS families

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Family-Based
Official Title: Identification of Genes Causing Familial ALS or Increasing Risk for Sporadic ALS and ALS With Frontotemporal Dementia and Understanding Disease Mechanism.

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Northwestern University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Identification of genes that increase risk for sporadic ALS or cause inherited ALS. [ Time Frame: Dec 2019 ]
    Study of each identified gene will help us understand the molecular events that produce different types of ALS. This will aid in identification of markers that may be associated with each type which will assist with diagnosis and may provide targets for rational therapy.

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA

Whole blood and/or skin and CSF samples

The investigators also collect brain and spinal cord tissue specimans.

Estimated Enrollment: 15000
Study Start Date: January 1991
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2022
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2019 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
ALS families
Patients with either inherited or sporadic ALS or PLS and selected family members
Other: Genetic study of ALS families
Collection and analysis of genetic material, medical and family histories from families with ALS
Other Names:
  • familial ALS
  • sporadic ALS
  • genetics of ALS
  • ALS with FTD
  • Motor Neuron Disease
  • Lou Gehrig's disease
  • neuromuscular disease
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • Primary Lateral Sclerosis
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Detailed Description:

The investigators long term goals are to improve diagnosis and develop effective treatments that arrest or ameliorate symptoms of ALS, and possibly delay or prevent disease onset in individuals at risk for developing familial ALS (FALS). In order to do this one must understand how disease develops at a molecular level. Identification of genes that increase risk for developing all types of ALS will reveal the pathways of molecular events that are involved in ALS.

The investigators are collecting blood samples, family and medical histories of patients with all types of ALS, (familial and sporadic, with and without frontotemporal dementia, and primary lateral sclerosis and particular family members. Samples are coded to maintain confidentiality. Travel is not necessary.

As well as seeking to identify new genes implicated in ALS, the investigators continue our study of families with known genetic mutations to more fully characterize that disease mechanism.

Linkage analysis and affected relative pair analysis will be used to identify causative FALS genes and disequilibrium analysis and association studies are being done for sporadic ALS.

Results from these studies will provide insight into the underlying disease mechanisms of ALS and provide targets for therapeutic interventions.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Open to all ALS patients and selected family members

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS and frontotemporal dementia
  • Selected family members, generally brothers and sisters of an ALS patient, the patient's parents

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Under 18 years old
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00821132

Contact: Nailah Siddique, RN MSN 312 503 2712
Contact: Lisa Kinsley, MS CGC 312 503 0154

United States, Illinois
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Recruiting
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60611
Principal Investigator: Teepu Siddique         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Northwestern University
Principal Investigator: Teepu Siddique, MD Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Division of Neuromuscular Medicine
  More Information

Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: Teepu Siddique, Director, Division of Neuromuscular Medicine, Northwestern University Identifier: NCT00821132     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Lab01
RO1N505641-04 ( Other Identifier: NINDS )
Study First Received: January 9, 2009
Last Updated: January 4, 2017
Individual Participant Data  
Plan to Share IPD: No

Keywords provided by Northwestern University:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Frontotemporal Dementia
Pick Disease of the Brain
Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration
Motor Neuron Disease
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Aphasia, Primary Progressive
Pathologic Processes
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurocognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Spinal Cord Diseases
TDP-43 Proteinopathies
Proteostasis Deficiencies
Metabolic Diseases
Speech Disorders
Language Disorders
Communication Disorders
Neurobehavioral Manifestations
Neurologic Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on April 28, 2017