The Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins
Late in 1999, a small group of scientists, patients and philanthropists met at Johns Hopkins to change the status quo for research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Convinced that existing ALS research suffered from a piecemeal approach, which needed focus and a streamlined path to a cure, the group formed the Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins.
With multimillion dollar funding from respected sources – first the Baltimore Orioles, followed by The Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation and the Robert Packard Foundation – the Center opened in February 2000 at Johns Hopkins University’s medical school campus in Baltimore, Maryland.
In 2002, a considerable donation from the then-named Robert Packard Foundation, in California, prompted the Center’s name change to its present, Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins.
Today, more than 40 scientists from Hopkins, other universities and biotech companies worldwide now collaborate at this Center without walls.
Packard Center ALS research underlies the major existing theories on ALS. Its grantees are the most published in ALS in respected scientific journals.