This holiday season, please consider supporting the UCLA Neuromuscular Research fund to make a meaningful impact on ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) research at UCLA. We hope to help improve UCLA's efforts to find a cure for ALS, and enable them to continue to provide support and resources to patients dealing with this diagnosis.
HOW PHILANTHROPY HELPS
Philanthropic support will enable the UCLA ALS Clinic and Research Center to continue advancing their vital studies to better understand ALS and find more effective treatments.
The UCLA Neurology ALS Clinic and Research Center offers multidisciplinary services, including those provided by a social worker and respiratory therapist who performs breathing evaluations; offers specialized breathing management; and gives instructions on therapeutic measures, such as assistive coughing and breathing exercises, suctioning, and ventilation. This vital function has been expanded in the past year by adding pulmonologist Kevin Eng, M.D., to the team. Dr. Eng provides expert knowledge in noninvasive and invasive ventilation for patients. The clinic also recently began a clinical study to identify biomarkers for ALS that will be extremely useful in measuring the success of clinical trial medications.
ABOUT THE UCLA NEUROLOGY ALS CLINIC AND RESEARCH CENTER
The mission of the UCLA Neurology ALS Clinic and Research Center, under the direction of Martina Wiedau, M.D., Professor of Neurology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is to conduct basic science research and develop and test promising therapeutics targeting ALS to improve the quality of life for the center’s patients. We offer continuous care for patients with ALS, as well as consultation, referral and educational services to community physicians, nurses, caregivers and their patients who have ALS. We provide comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, disease management, neuro-rehabilitation, speech, swallowing and occupational therapies, and specialized medical service referrals. We work closely with lay organizations, healthcare professionals and individual citizens dedicated to the treatment and cure of ALS. The ALS Clinic and Research Center is continuously engaged in clinical trials to test the effectiveness of potentially new treatments. It is through these activities and the work of many healthcare professionals that we hope to improve the lives of our ALS patients.
In addition to Dr. Wiedau, the ALS team includes Payam Soltanzadeh, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of Neurology and neuromuscular specialist, and Cara Siegel, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of palliative care medicine. Michael Graves, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Neurology, continues his care of patients on a part-time basis at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. The weekly ALS Clinic remains one of the largest in the United States and treats nearly 200 new patients every year.
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