Why Should I Join the Registry?

It is important to include as many people living with the disease as possible to get the most accurate information.
When you join, you help give researchers more information. This could lead to a better understanding of the risk factors for ALS, and could help offer a better future for persons with ALS.

Resources Available through the Registry

The Registry has many parts that allow persons living with ALS to help advance research. This includes:

  • Choosing to receive emails about clinical trials and epidemiological studies, and
  • Donating blood, saliva, and urine to the National ALS Biorepository
    • A biorepository is a facility that collects and stores samples of biological material. This could include blood, urine, tissue, cells, DNA, and proteins. Some medical information may also be stored along with a written consent form.

Additional resources available through the Registry include

  • ALS clinics and support group information,
  • Fact sheets about ALS and the Registry , and
  • Reports and journal articles.

Learn More about Signing Up

Any U.S. citizen or legal resident with ALS who is at least 18 years of age can sign up for the Registry. All that you need is a computer, an internet connection, and an email address. If you need help, caregivers or others can assist in person or over the phone.

All Registry information is private. It can only be viewed by Registry approved scientists. Anyone who registers is not identified by name.

What kind of information is collected?

The National ALS Registry collects basic information such as your age and sex. The surveys collect data on occupational and environmental risk factors, such as military history, work history, physical activity, and family history.

Page last reviewed: February 8, 2018