Research & Patient Center

Our commitment to game-changing ALS Research: Les Turner ALS Research and Patient Center at Northwestern Medicine

Jointly with Northwestern Medicine, the Les Turner ALS Foundation has embarked on a campaign to raise $10 million over the course of ten years to permanently endow the Les Turner ALS Research and Patient Center. As of March 2016, we’ve raised pledges of over $3 million toward that endowment. Additionally, the Foundation has committed to funding at least $1 million annually to the Lois Insolia ALS Clinic and three research laboratories.

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The Center brings together all ALS disciplines under one umbrella, enabling enhanced collaborations between researchers and clinicians to provide a full spectrum of treatment to ALS patients while facilitating the development of new therapies for ALS.

The Center consists of:

  1. The Les Turner ALS Research Laboratories headed by Dr. Teepu Siddique, Dr. Hande Ozdinler and Dr. Evangelos Kiskinis
  2.  The Lois Insolia ALS Clinic
  3.  Other ALS research, clinical and education activities at Northwestern.
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The mission of the Les Turner ALS Research and Patient Center at Northwestern Medicine is to strive for a future without ALS by accelerating leading-edge research while providing life-enhancing treatment to people living with ALS.

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Joan and Paul Rubschlager: A Transformational Gift to the Les Turner ALS Research and Patient Center at Northwestern Medicine

The Les Turner ALS Foundation is honored and grateful for the generosity of Joan and Paul Rubschlager who made a $2 million gift to the endowment at the Les Turner ALS Research and Patient Center at Northwestern Medicine in 2015. The Rubschlager are native Chicagoans and have been married for more than 50 years. They recently sold their family business, Rubschlager Baking Corporation, founded in 1913. They have been active supporters of the Foundation since the 1980’s after Paul lost his father to ALS in 1975.

“When Paul’s father was diagnosed with ALS, there was nowhere to turn,” said Mrs. Rubschlager. “We want to make sure that no family ever feels that they have no one to help them. By supporting the Les Turner ALS Research and Patient Center, we are ensuring that there will always be hope and help for those who need it most.”

Meet our world-class ALS researchers:

Dr. Teepu Siddique

Dr. Teepu Siddique

The Les Turner ALS Research Laboratory led by Teepu Siddique, MD, focuses on understanding the processes by which ALS progresses so that effective treatments can be developed. The lab was first dedicated in 1979 and has been directed by Dr. Siddique since 1991.

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Dr. P. Hande Ozdinler

Dr. Hande Ozdinler

This lab, opened in 2008, focuses on the motor neurons which reside in the brain and connect with motor neurons in the spinal cord to initiate and control movement. These two motor neuron populations progressively degenerate in ALS patients, and therefore require immediate attention.

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Dr. Evangelos Kiskinis

Dr. Evangelos Kiskinis

The Les Turner ALS Foundation Research Laboratory led by Dr. Evangelos Kiskinis opened in January 2015. Dr. Kiskinis works on understanding the level and nature of heterogeneity in ALS and to identify points of effective and targeted therapeutic intervention.

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Hope and help for people with ALS.

Your contribution helps support the vast majority of the Chicagoland ALS population.