New MDA Educational Program Offers a 360-Degree View of ALS Care

MDA’s new Medical Education department was established in response to the growing need for clinician education in neuromuscular diseases. We are pleased to present our first program highlighting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS): a PowerPoint slide deck.

ALS is a motor neuron disease that leads to the widespread loss of muscle use. Patients diagnosed with ALS lose their ability to walk, talk, eat, and, ultimately, breathe. Currently, there isn’t a cure for ALS, but a robust drug development pipeline is offering hope for patients in the future. An ALS diagnosis is suggested when a person shows progressive symptoms over a period of months or years. This disease is fatal, but appropriate management can increase quality of life and longevity.

What’s new in ALS?

Dr. Robert L. Sufit and Dr. John M. Coleman III from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the Les Turner ALS Center, together with the MDA Medical Education team, created a detailed presentation discussing multiple aspects of ALS care. These PowerPoint slides will help physicians learn more about the ALS diagnostic process, the mechanism of disease, and how to proactively manage symptoms. MDA invites clinicians in our community to use this resource to educate other providers on the nuances of ALS care. For more details, visit

This program is supported by an independent educational grant from Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America, Inc.