Neurologist wins $1M prize for ALS biomarker breakthrough

science-14272_640[John Carroll, FierceBiomarkers] A Boston neurologist has won a $1 million prize after identifying a new biomarker for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and developing a simple gadget that can help researchers track the progression of the disease.

Dr. Seward Rutkove of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center observed that as the muscles of ALS patients deteriorate, they are less capable of transmitting small electrical currents in the body. As the disease progresses, electrical impedance grows. And further animal research demonstrated that investigators could use Rutkove’s device for tracking the condition as they monitored disease progression in patients.

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