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ALS Learning Series
Empowering Through ALS Education

The Les Turner ALS Foundation’s online ALS Learning Series is aimed at empowering our ALS community through the latest information and insights. Educational webinars and interactive Q&A’s covering a diverse array of topics, from telemedicine to respiratory care, are hosted monthly by the Foundation's Support Services team and clinicians from our Lois Insolia ALS Clinic at Northwestern Medicine. The ALS Learning Series also includes blog posts and articles on ALS research, clinical trials, caregiver support and so much more.

Upcoming Webinars

Thursday, June 24 at 12 p.m. CDT

Dissecting ALS Research Articles: Dr. Franz Makes it Easier, with Colin Franz, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Neurology, Shirley Ryan AbilityLabs and Northwestern University

Current treatments for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) are lacking, but more are on the horizon.  Naturally we look to new ALS research studies for hope and solutions, but the information in scientific papers is often very hard to decipher. Dr. Colin Franz will teach you through a basic approach to reading scientific papers with specific examples taken from ALS clinical research. This talk is intended to provide the tools necessary for people living with ALS, their friends and family members to read scientific papers and increase their engagement with the ALS research community.

About the presenter: Dr. Colin Franz is the director of the regenerative neurorehabilitation laboratory as well as a neuromuscular medicine fellowship-trained physiatrist based out of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Northwestern University. Dr. Franz has specialized expertise in neuromuscular medicine, rehabilitation, gene therapy, and disease modeling with induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Clinically, Dr. Franz sees patients with nerve injuries, neuromuscular diseases including ALS, as well as perform neurophysiology diagnostic tests (electromyography, nerve conduction studies).

The Franz lab uses a combination of molecular, bioengineering and electrophysiological testing to study neurotrauma, axon regeneration and motor neuron disease with a priority on human stem cell derived-neuron tissue culture and transplantation studies. The ultimate goal is to develop personalized rehabilitation medicine treatments to help his patients with neuromuscular disease. Dr. Franz is member of the Lois Insolia ALS Clinic, part of the Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Medicine.

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

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