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Comprehensive Care for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is a degenerative neurological disorder affecting the nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain. It is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, named after the famed baseball player who had the condition.

The Lois Insolia ALS Clinic at the Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital is dedicated to the total care of people with ALS. During your visit, you will meet with experts from multiple fields who specialize in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Each member of your dedicated team will provide input and suggestions regarding your unique healthcare needs.

Our dedicated team spends time with patients and their loved ones to explain the disease and current research. In addition, the team takes the time to intervene when dealing with symptoms such as difficulty with speech, swallowing, weight loss, excess salivation, sleeping, breathing, activities of daily life, mobility or pain.

We offer Edaravone, the first FDA-approved ALS treatment in 22 years.

To learn more, or to make an appointment call 312.695.7950. You can also fill out a form and a member of our team will contact you.

Meet Les Turner ALS Center Team

We offer comprehensive care for ALS, including experts in neurology, pulmonology, nursing, genetics and physical, occupational and speech therapy. 
Meet the Team
Downtown Chicago

Diagnostics and Testing

When it comes to neuromuscular disorders, prompt diagnosis and treatment is crucial to ensuring a better quality of life. But because symptoms of neuromuscular disorders overlap and mimic those of other diseases, diagnosis can be difficult and often delayed. The specialists at the Northwestern Medicine Neuromuscular Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital offer the latest diagnostic tools to diagnose neuromuscular diseases.

What We Offer

  • Advanced treatment options and clinical trials.
  • Edaravone, the first FDA-approved ALS treatment in 22 years
  • Multidisciplinary care that brings together a team of neuromuscular specialists in one clinic.
  • Treatment plans tailored to improve your quality of life.
  • Comprehensive support for you and your family.

To learn more, or to make an appointment call 312.695.7950. You can also fill out a form and a member of our team will contact you.

Why Choose Northwestern Medicine

Northwestern Medicine is anchored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital, with the highest-ranked Neurology and Neurosurgery program in Illinois by U.S. News & World Report2019–2020. When options are limited, our experienced team is often able to offer innovative therapies and novel treatments through a wide variety of clinical trials.

Research and Clinical Trials

Northwestern Medicine physician-scientists conduct clinical research trials on all aspects of neuromuscular diseases. 

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While there is no cure yet for ALS, researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have found the malfunctioning protein recycling system at the heart of ALS. Efficient recycling of protein in the neurons is vital for their optimal function, and this failure to recycle the proteins is central to all three types of ALS.

The discovery of this root cause provides researchers a prime target for development of drug therapy and, ultimately, effective treatment of ALS. This will allow researchers to test for drugs that regulate or optimize this protein pathway and restore normal function.

This breakthrough research may also help in the study of other neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's.


Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Top 10 in Neurology & Neurosurgery (5th)

Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital


Northwestern Medicine and the Les Turner Foundation are proud to bring world class care to people living with ALS in Chicago and throughout the country.