A self-employed consultant, Adam Drybrough works closely with landowners and real estate developers to create strategic plans for optimizing property value. Outside of work, Adam Drybrough gives back by providing support to the ALS Society of Alberta, which funds research designed to improve the lives of people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.
Last year, the ALS Society of Alberta helped fund a number of important studies. Through three different programs, the organization provided $1.5 million to early-career researchers to allow them to focus primarily on ALS. In addition, the society gave $700,000 to seven smaller studies funded in collaboration with Brain Canada. These small studies are all taking revolutionary approaches to ALS research. The ALS Society of Alberta and Brain Canada also teamed on two larger studies looking at stem cell technology and genetics.
In addition, 2016 marked the first round of ALS Canada Clinical Management Grants, which help find new ways to optimize quality of life and minimize disability. These grants are meant to help with symptom management, as well as trying new methods for providing support to family members of individuals with ALS. For example, some researchers looked at the anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and pain-relieving effects of cannabinoids.