Dr. Richard Olney, an internationally renowned researcher who dedicated his life to finding a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease, has died after his own eight-year battle with the disease. He was 64.
Olney died Friday at his Marin County home, UC San Francisco announced. He had spent nearly his entire 25-year research career at UC San Francisco, the last 18 investigating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS.
In 1993 Olney launched the UC San Francisco ALS Center to pursue treatments for the disease, which causes patients to gradually lose control of their muscles. It now serves 375 patients.
He resigned from the center in 2004 to