ALS Research

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease) is a devastating, progressive neurological disease, for which there is currently no cure. The ALS Association-Certified Center at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center includes an active research program, which aims to provide clinical trials for our patients, examine quality of life and other psychosocial factors related to ALS, and improve scientific understanding of the disease.


Penn State Health ALS Clinic and Research Center


The Penn State Hershey ALS research program is closely connected to the multidisciplinary ALS Clinic, and is committed to bringing a scientific approach to clinical care.

Below are some research topics currently being studied at the Penn State Hershey ALS Center.

  • Clinical treatment trials
  • Basic science research
  • Quality of life
  • Changes in thinking and behavior
  • Support of the family caregiver
  • Religion and spirituality

 For more information about the Penn State Hershey ALS Clinic and Research Center at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, click here.

For more information about ALS research at the Hershey Medical Center, under the direction of Dr. Zachary Simmons, please contact the research coordinators:

Heidi Runk (717) 531-0003 x287177 or

Anne Morris (717) 531-0003 x289123 or