Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative disease in which progressive muscle weakness leads to paralysis. ALS is a result of the death of motor neurons (nerve cells) in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. Most people survive less than five years following diagnosis, but a small percentage of patients live for ten years or even longer. So far, there is no cure. About 3,000 Canadian adults have ALS and less than 1 in 10 patients have a family history of the disease.
The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital — The Neuro, provides the finest clinical care for ALS patients and their families. The Neuro also has state-of-the-art facilities for carrying out basic and clinical ALS research.
The ALS clinic at The Neuro is considered a model for multidisciplinary clinical care. The ALS clinical research program develops and tests new ALS therapies in collaboration with the Canadian ALS Clinical Trial Consortium (CALS), and with researchers abroad. The Neuro’s extensive national and international partnerships help to advance research into ALS and to develop effective treatments. The team adopted a model of care that mobilizes the right time and at an early stage resources such specialized equipment, home care, respite and palliative care that has had a very positive effect on the quality and life expectancy of patients. Services:
- Consultation and follow-up for patients diagnosed with ALS or suspected cases of ALS
- Access to a multidisciplinary professionals – consultations available with respiratory therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, inhalation therapy, specialized nursing, social work, pastoral services, speech language therapy, and nutrition.
- The program has become a reference center for these patients because of its expertise to use, for the right patient at the right time, tracheostomy, ventilatory assistance at home, BIPAP and gastrostomy.
- Patients can also participate in clinical trials. Click to learn more.
How to request a consultation:
- Please call for an appointment.
- A request made by your primary physician is preferable but not obligatory.