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Phase 2 Trial of ALS TDI-Invented AT-1501 Almost Fully Enrolled
Posted: September 9, 2021 in Other News

ALS TDICAMBRIDGE, MA - A phase 2 trial of AT-1501, a potential ALS treatment invented the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI), is almost fully enrolled according to its current sponsor, Eledon Pharmaceuticals. AT-1501 (antiCD40L) is an antibody therapeutic with comprehensive and promising preclinical data. It blocks specific immune cell activation and protects nerves against the progression of ALS and Alzheimer's disease. It is the first potential ALS treatment to be invented by a nonprofit biotech and advanced into human clinical trials. Read More...

The Tests and Procedures for Diagnosing ALS
Posted: August 20, 2021 in Other News

ALS TDICAMBRIDGE, MA - The journey from the first symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to a confirmed diagnosis can be long and challenging. There is no one test that can determine whether someone does or does not have ALS. Many different kinds of testing are often required to rule out the various other diseases that can cause similar symptoms, from cancers to autoimmune disorders to other neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis. The diagnosis process can take months, or even years. However, obtaining a conclusive diagnosis of ALS is crucially important for developing a proper plan for care and treatment. It is also often a requirement if one is interested in participating in a Clinical Trial. Read More...

Mike Chaet, the “Club Doc,” Passes Away
Posted: July 28, 2021 in Other News

Mike ChaetIn Norm’s Notes for August 2021, Club Insider reported on the passing of Mike “Club Doc” Chaet. Included were comments from Daron Allen, and we have since received comments from John McCarthy. Read on for both of those comments. We wish Mike’s widow, Mary, all the best as she works through this tough time. May Mike Chaet Rest In Peace. Read More...

Raising ALS Awareness Around the World on International ALS/MND Day
Posted: June 21, 2021 in Other News

ALS TDICAMBRIDGE, MA - In America, we work to spread awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, for the entire month of May as part National ALS Awareness Month. However, there is also one single day when the entire world comes together to share the story of this devastating disease, as well as the global effort to both find treatments for it and support those living with ALS. Read More...

ALS TDI Launches New Young Faces of ALS Program
Posted: June 2, 2021 in Other News

ALS TDICAMBRIDGE, MA - ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) has announced the launch of the new Young Faces of ALS Program, providing opportunity for more people to connect and get involved in spreading awareness of the impact that ALS can have on younger people and the need for treatments. Read More...

Parkinson’s Foundation and American College of Sports Medicine Announce Exercise Recommendations for Parkinson’s Disease
Posted: May 25, 2021 in Other News, Suppliers

Parkinson's FoundationMIAMI, FL and NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Parkinson's Foundation and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) have announced new exercise recommendations to provide safe and effective guidance on physical activity to people with Parkinson's and to certified exercise professionals working with them. Read More...

Lou Gehrig Day: Celebrating a Legend of Baseball and a Face of ALS
Posted: May 19, 2021 in Other News

ALS TDICAMBRIDGE, MA - Lou Gehrig was a renowned baseball player. He was one of the best hitters of all time, a seven-time all-star with a career batting average of .340 and just shy of 500 home runs. He earned the nickname “The Iron Horse” for his legendary durability, setting a record for most consecutive games played, 2,130, that stood for 56 years. He played his entire major league career, from 1923 to 1939, with the New York Yankees. Still, many people remember Lou Gehrig best for the disease that bears his name: Lou Gehrig’s Disease, also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Motor Neuron Disease. Read More...

California Fitness Alliance Launches Campaign to Encourage Californians to Get Moving for Their Mental Health
Posted: May 10, 2021 in Other News

CFASACRAMENTO, CA - As California slowly reopens and allows people to return to their gyms, studios and health clubs, the members of the California Fitness Alliance (CFA) are launching a campaign to raise awareness about the mental and physical challenges facing many Californians. The month of May is Mental Health Awareness month, so the CFA is working together to elevate the importance exercise and movement have on your mental health. Read More...

Join Augie’s Quest for ALS Awareness Month
Posted: May 4, 2021 in Other News

Augie's QuestMay is ALS Awareness Month. In May alone, 496 people will be diagnosed with ALS and will be challenged to choose how they spend their remaining years. Every day, Augie Nieto chooses to celebrate and focus on what he can do rather than what he can’t. He has shifted from finding fitness solutions to improve lives to finding a cure to save lives, and he’s still keeping busy, working to achieve that goal. Read More...

ICAA Releases a Call to Action to Reclaim Health and Wellbeing for Older People
Posted: April 28, 2021 in Other News

International Council on Active AgingVANCOUVER, B.C. - As the populations of the world emerge from the pandemic year, no one believes that life will return to the way it was before COVID-19 shifted reality. During this transformative time, organizations and agencies can seize the opportunity to move beyond crisis management and develop a new, vibrant model to meet the needs and lifestyles of today’s older adult. Read More...

ALS TDI Board of Directors Appoints Fernando Vieira, M.D. as Chief Executive Officer
Posted: April 14, 2021 in Other News

ALS TDICAMBRIDGE, MA - The ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) Board of Directors has announced that Fernando G. Vieira, M.D., was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ALS TDI during its April 7 meeting. Dr. Vieira has spent 20 years at ALS TDI conducting preclinical, translational and clinical research in ALS. As CEO, he is now stepping into the role held for the last 12 years by Steve Perrin, Ph.D., who will remain at ALS TDI as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. Read More...

Paul Grzymkowski Passes Away at Age 72
Posted: April 13, 2021 in Other News

Paul GrzymkowskiFitness industry veteran and icon, Paul M. Grzymkowski passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on April 1, 2021 in Woodland Hills, California. He is survived by his devoted wife, Joanna Gunst Grzymkowski; brother Peter Grzymkowski; and sisters Margaret Halstead, Christine Grzymkowski and Karen Grzymkowski, as well as aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and his godchildren. Paul and his twin sister Christine were born on March 5, 1949 in Rochester, New York to Mary (Jacula) and Peter Grzymkowski. Read More...

Survey Released to Understand Software Preferences of Fitness Professionals at Clubs, Gyms and Studios
Posted: March 1, 2021 in Other News

SurveyMCLEAN, VA - Allison Flatley, Dr. Ted Vickey and Bonnie Patrick-Mattalian collaborate to create and release the 2021 Club Management System Survey. The survey looks at the purchasing decisions of those within the fitness industry regarding a club management system. The survey is Part I of the academic study. Part II will include roundtables. All respondents have the option of receiving the survey results. Read More...

Fitness Industry Council of Canada Asks Federal Government to Make Physical Activity Tax Deductible
Posted: February 11, 2021 in Other News

FICEDMONTON, CANADA - Fitness Industry Council of Canada (FIC) has taken its most powerful stance to improve the lives of Canadians, asking the Federal Government to include fitness memberships and services as a medical cost on personal taxes. This tax incentive would elevate Canada as a global leader by becoming a nation that supports and promotes health and wellness as part of a national health care strategy. Read More...

Community Gyms Coalition and IHRSA Applaud Introduction of Bipartisan GYMS Act to Save Thousands of Gyms and Fitness Studios from Bankruptcy
Posted: February 5, 2021 in IHRSA, Other News

Community Gyms CoalitionWASHINGTON, D.C. - The Community Gyms Coalition (CGC), representing more than 15,000 community gyms and fitness studios in the U.S., and the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), representing over 20,000 health and fitness facilities in the U.S., have welcomed the introduction of the bipartisan GYMS Act (H.R. 890) by Congressmen Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). Read More...

Physical Activity Alliance Strengthens and Unifies Fitness Industry
Posted: February 4, 2021 in Other News

Physical Activity AllianceUNITED STATES - It is tempting for the health and fitness club industry to feel like lonely warriors while fighting to get the 80% of the American population who are inactive active. The reality is that a legion of organizations, coalitions and government agencies in the U.S. exist with the sole intention to increase physical activity. Yet, many of those organizations worked independently and without collaboration, until the Physical Activity Alliance (PAA) formation in 2020. Read More...

Four Things to Look for in ALS Research in 2021
Posted: January 15, 2021 in Other News

ALS TDICAMBRIDGE, MA - While 2020 left the ALS research community adjusting to unprecedented circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 is showing some early promise as an exciting year in the search for effective treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Here are some of the most important research findings and advancements to look forward to as we move into the new year... Read More...

Pennsylvania Fitness Alliance Issues Statement on Lifting of Prohibition on Indoor Fitness Facilities
Posted: January 5, 2021 in Other News

PA Fitness AllianceNEWTOWN, PA - Governor Tom Wolf (D-PA) has lifted a set of COVID-19 regulations. These regulations included a ban on indoor operations at gyms and fitness facilities. In response, Jim Worthington, on behalf of the Pennsylvania Fitness Alliance, issued the following statement... Read More...

Global Wellness Summit Presents Leadership Award to Lynne and Victor Brick
Posted: January 5, 2021 in Other News

Global Wellness SummitTIMONIUM, MD - Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the foremost gathering of international leaders in the multitrillion-dollar global wellness economy, presented Lynne and Victor Brick with The Debra Simon Award for Leader in Furthering Mental Health Wellness. The Bricks were recognized for creating the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation, Inc., honoring Victor’s brother John, who suffered from schizophrenia and died of complications from the disease. The Foundation’s purpose is to have holistic approaches—such as exercise, nutrition, and mind-body practices—integrated into the mental wellness delivery system. Read More...

Stephen Tharrett Passes Away on Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Posted: December 29, 2020 in Other News

Stephen TharrettWe are extremely SAD to report to you that industry veteran and good friend, STEPHEN THARRETT, passed away on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Stephen died of complications from a heart attack he suffered on December 20th. MAY STEPHEN THARRETT REST IN PEACE. Stephen Tharrett, was one of the greatest and most dedicated teachers and educators in the history of our industry. Stephen’s vast depth of knowledge and the vast breadth of his contributions to our industry, an industry that he loved so very much, is rivaled by a very tiny few in our industry. Stephen was partners with MARK WILLIAMSON in a company they called CLUBINTEL. Read More...

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