UAMS lecture set on treating Lou Gehrig's disease

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has set a lecture on seeking a treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.

The lecture at noon Tuesday is by Hynek Wichterle, an associate professor of pathology and cell biology, neuroscience and neurology at Columbia University in New York.

Wichterle's talk will focus trying to devise a treatment for the disease through research on human adult stem cells. Researchers are working on growing neurons that can be used to test potential ALS treatments.

UAMS says its scientists have acquired some of those cells and are to collaborate with Wichterle's research team.

The lecture will be held in Rayford Auditorium in the Biomed II Building on the UAMS campus in Little Rock.

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