Sept. 28 symposium to focus on Lou Gehrig's disease

UNMC's Munroe-Meyer Institute is host for event that is open to public

The Munroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center will host a symposium on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease on Sept. 28 in the Sorrell Center located at 42nd and Emile streets.

The goal is to provide valuable information from an interdisciplinary perspective to families, educators, health care professionals, and others who interact with adults with ALS so that together, quality of treatment for persons with ALS improves.

Leading experts in medicine, genetics and behavioral health will share the latest research, insights and multidisciplinary treatments for adults with ALS. The program will cover a range of important and, in some cases, controversial topics in health care today including: 

  • the nature and etiology of ALS;
  • biomedical, behavioral and educational interventions;
  • specific considerations for ALS; and
  • resources for individuals with ALS and their families.

Terry Heiman-Patterson, M.D., professor and vice chairman of the department of neurology and chief of neuromuscular diseases at Drexel University College of Medicine, will deliver the keynote speech titled “Advances in the Neurobiology of ALS.”

Dr. Heiman-Patterson directs the MDA/ALS Center of Hope at Drexel and also the MDA Clinic at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital in Allentown, Pa.

Registration (hyperlink: http://app1.unmc.edu/forms/mmi/symposium2013/register.cfm) is $75 for professionals and $25 for students, family members and others. Registration deadline 5 p.m. on Sept. 23 at 5 p.m.

Attendees will be provided with a certificate of attendance for six contact hours of continuing education credit.

Munroe-Meyer Institute is committed to unlocking the potential of children and adults with developmental disabilities and genetic disorders through exceptional patient care, education and research. MMI health care providers annually diagnose and treat more than 10,000 children and adults with special needs.

Through world-class research and patient care, UNMC generates breakthroughs that make life better for people throughout Nebraska and beyond. Its education programs train more health professionals than any other institution in the state. Learn more at unmc.edu.


Nicole Lindquist
UNMC Public Relations
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Tom O'Connor
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