New ‘Live Like Lou’ Center Devoted to ALS Treatments, Cure

By: Anita Srikameswaran and Tim Betler


The newly created Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research at the University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute has bold goals: find treatments – and even a cure – for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the devastating condition also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Today at the University Club, Pitt officials thanked Neil and Suzanne Alexander, an O’Hara township couple who are raising money for the center, which bears the name of a fund they established at the Pittsburgh Foundation in the wake of Neil’s 2011 diagnosis of ALS. Already, the Alexanders have pledged to raise $2.5 million, an amount that has been matched by Pitt, toward a $10 million goal. “We have a unique opportunity to bring the University’s vast experience and resources in neuroscience together with one family’s passion, generosity and commitment to improve the lives of people with ALS in Pittsburgh, our region and throughout the world,” said Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. “I speak for the entire University community when I say we are honored to be chosen as partners in this effort by the Alexander family.”

In this video, the Alexanders talk about living with ALS and their commitment to transformative research.