The Les Turner ALS Foundation has made a $10 million commitment to create the Les Turner ALS Research and Patient Center at Northwestern Medicine to accelerate research and advance patient care in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. ALS is a fatal neurodegenerative disease that often strikes people in the prime of their lives.
The Center will bring together the Les Turner ALS Research Laboratories, the Les Turner/Lois Insolia ALS Center, the ALS tissue bank and other ALS research, clinical, and education activities at Northwestern under one umbrella.
“Northwestern scientists have made important advances in ALS research, and the foundation’s generosity in the creation of the new Les Turner ALS Research and Patient Center will help generate even more significant discoveries related to this yet incurable disease,” said Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro. “The ice bucket challenge has been a wonderful way to raise awareness regarding ALS. Now, this generous gift will help Northwestern achieve its goal of making the world a better place though biomedical discoveries.”
“Northwestern scientists are leaders in ALS research, and this important commitment from the Les Turner ALS Foundation to create a new Center will help advance our research discoveries in support of people with this devastating neurodegenerative disease,” said Dr. Eric Neilson, vice president for Medical Affairs and Lewis Landsberg Dean at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
“We are proud to deepen our longstanding partnership with Northwestern and believe that this commitment will help enhance the exceptional care provided to people with ALS and also further scientists’ understanding of this complex disease,” said Mr. Ken Hoffman, president, Les Turner ALS Foundation.