ALS Learning Series

Covering a wide range of topics, the ALS Learning Series is designed to empower the ALS community through the latest information and insights from financial planning to respiratory care and more.

These educational webinars and interactive Q&As are hosted monthly by the Les Turner ALS Foundation and archived for later viewing below.

Upcoming Webinar 

ALS Learning Series

Monday, April 15, 2024, 12:00 p.m. CT 

About the Program:

When living with ALS, it is important to think ahead about what kind of care you may want in the future. Advanced directives are a way to ensure that you, your family, and your ALS care team are all on the same page when it comes to treatments you may or may not want. Advanced directives are legal documents that provide instructions for medical care. Join us for our next ALS Learning series where our speakers will further discuss advanced directives, their benefits, and what you need to know to make an informed decision. These discussions are not easy, but taking the time to gather information and think about your values is a powerful gift for yourself and your family. 

The Les Turner ALS Foundation is proud to offer this webinar at no cost to the ALS community. Thank you to the Gilbert & Jacqueline Fern Foundation & Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America for sponsoring this webinar. 

About the Speakers:

Giulia LaBellarte, APRN: Giulia LaBellarte is an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner who specializes in palliative care at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She has over 15 years of healthcare experience with a nursing background in general medicine, critical care, and geriatrics. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology (John Carroll University – 2004) and nursing (Chamberlain University Chicago – 2013), and a Master of Science degree in nursing (Loyola University Chicago – 2018). As a palliative nurse practitioner, she is passionate about facilitating conversations regarding advanced directives, goals of care, coping with life-limiting illnesses, and managing distressing symptoms.


John M. Coleman, III, MD 
Dr. John M. Coleman III, was born and raised on the south side of Chicago.  He attended medical school at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and completed Internal Medicine residency at Loyola Medical Center.  He then went to the University Pittsburgh Medical Center for training in Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine and Sleep Medicine.  In 2013, Dr. Coleman, with his specialty in chronic respiratory failure was recruited to Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and joined the Les Turner ALS Center.  Over the last 12 years Dr. Coleman has been one of two pulmonary physicians in the Lois Insolia ALS Clinic at the Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Medicine, providing respiratory care and support for people living with ALS.  In addition, he serves as the head of the Les Turner Support Services committee and is on the board of directors of Les Turner ALS foundation.  Dr. Coleman has several publication and international talks on the proper respiratory care for people living with ALS.    


ALS Learning Series Sponsors

The ALS Learning Series is made possible by a generous donation from the Gilbert and Jacqueline Fern Foundation and our industry partners.

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