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.

ALS Learning Series

Next Webinar

Thursday, December 14, 2023, 12:00 p.m. CST

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 & Biogen for sponsoring this webinar. 


About the Presentation: 

Join us for our December ALS Learning Series with Dr. Melinda S. Kavanaugh.  Dr. Kavanaugh will discuss ways in which ALS affects mental health and the need for support – for both the person living with ALS and their caregivers, including the children and youth. Dr. Kavanaugh will also review recent research findings informing supportive interventions and tools, targeting support for the whole family. 

About the Speaker:

Dr. Melinda S. Kavanaugh

Dr. Kavanaugh is a Professor of Social Work at the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Neurology. Dr. Kavanaugh’s clinical experience informed her focus on clinical care and caregiving research. Her U.S. and international research is funded by the National Institutes for Health (NIH), Administration on Community Living (ACL), Elizabeth Dole Foundation and the ALS Association. Dr. Kavanaugh’s research focuses on caregiver well-being, mental health, and support interventions, including YCare, a multidisciplinary youth caregiving skills and support protocol for young carers in ALS, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and Autism. Dr. Kavanaugh is also the president of Global Neuro YCare, an international non-profit, focused on developing programs and supports for children, youth and families in neurological disorders in underserved areas.

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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