The Vanderbilt ALS Research Center

At the Vanderbilt ALS Research Center, we are dedicated to pioneering breakthroughs that illuminate the path towards early detection and treatment of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).  Guided by a relentless pursuit of knowledge and fueled by compassion, we envision a future where individuals affected by ALS are empowered with early interventions, transforming their journey towards improved quality of life.  Together, with a community of researchers, clinicians, and advocates, we strive to unlock the mysteries of ALS, ushering in a new era of hope and well-being for all those impacted by this challenging disease.

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For information on community outreach and educational programs contact Jennifer Perfilio, Program Manager for the Vanderbilt ALS Research Center:

(615) 875-4585


The ALS research laboratory is led by Dr. Veronique Belzil who is dedicated to utilizing human biospecimens to identify disease-specific variants, including genetic, epigenetic, and transcriptional changes.  Through meticulous investigation, her team aims to unravel the intricate etiology, heterogeneous clinical manifestations, and multifaceted environmental interactions observed in patients with neurodegenerative diseases.  By elucidating the underlying biological mechanisms and circuitry, they strive to uncover both static and dynamic biomarkers, as well as potential therapeutic targets.  The center's research endeavors extend to the development of clinically relevant biomarker panels to facilitate early diagnosis, prognostication, patient stratification and assessment of target engagement in clinical trials.  Leveraging human-derived cell lines, Dr. Belzil's team also focuses on disease modeling and the innovation of novel therapeutic interventions.  Emphasizing teamwork and multidisciplinary collaborations, the center's translational research program aims to expedite the translation of scientific discoveries from bench to bedside, ultimately advancing the field of neurodegeneration and improving patient outcomes.


The Vanderbilt Neuromuscular Disorders Clinic diagnoses and treats adults affected by nerve and muscle disorders.  These disorders encompass a wide range of conditions, including ALS.  Their team helps you manage your ALS symptoms to help you live your best life. 

More information on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is available via the Vanderbilt Health Library.