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Public Forum: "Accelerating Discovery in Neurodegenerative Disease Research"

Public Forum: "Accelerating Discovery in Neurodegenerative Disease Research"

Learn about innovative approaches to therapies for neurodegenerative disorders at a forum on Tuesday, June 25 at Snow King Resort's Grand View Lodge. Presented by the nonprofit foundation Target ALS, the forum will explore topics including the state of research and development of viable treatments for ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases. The goal of the event, sponsored by St. John’s Medical Center, is to expand the local community of individuals—including medical and research professionals, patients and their families—working toward, and advocating for, effective treatments addressing these diseases.

“Public forums like these are an essential part of the battle against any disease, and are invaluable toward our work in treating neurodegenerative diseases,” said Zach Hall, former director of the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, prior member of the St. John’s Medical Center board of trustees, and long-time Jackson resident. “These events expand our community of advocates, advance awareness of these diseases and current approaches to discovering treatments or a cure, and offer hope to patients and families dealing with these diseases every day.”

Following a keynote address by former New York City Deputy Mayor and CEO of Sidewalk Labs, Dan Doctoroff, the forum will feature a panel discussion of physician experts and patient advocates moderated by St. John’s Medical Center CEO, Dr. Paul Beaupré.

Speakers and panelists include:

The forum is free and open to the public. A reception and light refreshments begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by presentations from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. To RSVP, email or visit The Grand View Lodge is located 537 Snow King Loop Rd, Jackson, WY 83001.


Media contacts: Karen Connelly, (307) 739-7380,

Steve Schonberg, (917) 717-0207,


Target ALS is nonprofit 501(c)3 foundation, founded by former New York City Deputy Mayor and Chief Executive Officer of Sidewalk Labs, Dan Doctoroff, with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies. In collaboration with researchers, academia, and private industry, Target ALS’ collaborative model is helping pioneer medical research and drug discoveries for the effective treatment of ALS. The foundation provides this support through the development of consortia that breaks down barriers to advancement and serves as a source for funding and scientific facilities. For more information, visit


Dan Doctoroff is the founder/CEO of Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet company that accelerates the integration of digital technology into urban environments. Prior to forming Sidewalk Labs, he was president and CEO of Bloomberg LP, and before that, he was New York City’s longest serving deputy mayor. In that role, he led New York’s dramatic economic resurgence after the September 11th terror attacks. He is the author of Greater than Ever: New York’s Big Comeback. After losing both his father and uncle to ALS, he founded Target ALS to create a radical new framework for scientists to accelerate the discovery of breakthrough therapies.


St. John's Health in Jackson, Wyoming, offers patient-centered clinical excellence and community wellness services through a full-service hospital, primary care, and specialty physician practices, and a long-term care Living Center.