Hristelina Ilieva, MD, PhD

Read about Hristelina Ilieva, MD, PhD

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

2015 Clinical Research Training Fellowship in ALS Research Cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, American Brain Foundation and the ALS Association

Target brain disease(s): ALS

Project goal: Determine how different glial cells and neurons are affected in the most common subtype of familial ALS – the C9ORF72 linked ALS.

Project description: Viewed as a predominantly neuronal disease, in ALS, dysfunction of glial cells may contribute to disease and open potential doors for intervention. ALS can present in different ways and be driven by different genes, but identification of common pathways may lead to feasible and realistic breakthroughs for a wider variety of patients.

Funding:  Received $130,000 in research funds.