The summer of 2014 may always be remembered as the summer of the Ice Bucket Challenges, a viral sensation that helped raise awareness of the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
And when Bud Peterson, president of the Georgia Institute of Technology, accepted the challenge, Cassie Mitchell was right there with him, representing Tech’s effort to find a cure for ALS.
“For Mitchell, a faculty member in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, this research is personal,” writes Steven Norris in his article, “After the Ice Melts” in Georgia Tech Research Horizons.
Mitchell, who has been diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica (NMO), has a deep interest in neurological disease but says in the feature story, “I don’t want to study myself. NMO is not on my list. I have to live with it, so studying might be a little much.”
But Mitchell’s experience with a disease that impacts her nervous system has fueled her enthusiasm for ALS research, so she and her lab – the largest undergraduate research lab on campus – are hard at work, looking for a cure.
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