After Years of Research, Personal Struggle, NC State Prof Succumbs to ALS
Michael Bereman, a biology professor at North Carolina State University whose research focus dovetailed with his own diagnosis, died last week of ALS. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive disease that gradually weakens the muscles until sufferers can no longer move, speak or, ultimately, breathe. Bereman first noticed his symptoms in 2015 at the age of 33. Increasing muscle weakness eventually led the family man and highly regarded N.C. State biology professor to a motorized chair and special computer tools to help him write as he continued his research in hopes of helping himself and others.