Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Les Turner ALS Center

About ALS

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive and fatal neurodegenerative disease. ALS affects an estimated 350,000 people worldwide, with an average survival rate of three years. The degeneration of nerves leads to muscle weakness and impaired speaking, swallowing, and breathing, eventually causing paralysis and death. Currently, there is no cure.

The Les Turner ALS Foundation, whose partnership and philanthropic efforts have made our center possible, has been committed to providing services and education related to this devastating disease since 1977. For more information about ALS, its symptoms, diagnosis and treatments, please visit the What Is ALS section of the foundation’s website. Topics covered include: