Les Turner ALS Foundation
The Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Medicine is a member of the single largest coordinated and collaborative effort to end ALS in the history of the disease – Answer ALS. The mission of Answer ALS is to build the most comprehensive clinical, genetic, molecular and biochemical assessment of ALS and make the data and research tools freely available to researchers to help bring an end to this disease.
The Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Medicine joins seven other prestigious institutions in this project:
- Johns Hopkins University
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- Ohio State University
- Emory University
- Washington University
- Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
- Texas Neurology
“The Center is proud to join Answer ALS in the largest collaborative ALS study ever conducted, thanks to funding from the Les Turner ALS Foundation,” -Senda Ajroud-Driss, MD
This multi-organizational consortium is creating the most comprehensive collection of ALS data ever amassed, from an enormous sampling of 1,000 ALS patients in the United States. This collaboration uses big data sequencing efforts designed to uncover new ALS genes, which importantly leads to new therapeutic targets for researchers to go after in the fight against ALS. The more known therapeutic targets increases the likelihood that a treatment will be found. This research project also could potentially provide deeper understanding of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Sample collection and enrollment will begin shortly at the Lois Insolia ALS Clinic at the Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Medicine.