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ALS Center

The ALS Treatment and Research Center at UCSF

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a progressive, fatal disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord causing the body's motor neurons to waste away. The result is progressive muscle weakness and incoordination, causing difficulty with mobility, speaking, swallowing and breathing. ALS attacks 1 in 1000 people without warning or cause, and the median survival time is three to five years. However, with the proper medication, education, and therapy, we can minimize suffering from this disease, and allow patients to lead more autonomous lives. This is the mission of the ALS Center at UCSF, which is unequaled in scientific quality, clinical breadth and depth, compassionate, professionally advanced care and the aggressive development and application of new, effective treatments.

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If you have ALS or know someone who does, the ALS Center at UCSF can help. Please call us if you have questions about the center, need to make an appointment, or for more information:

400 Parnassus, 8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94117
Phone: 415-353-2108
Fax: 415-353-2524

KTVU interview with Dr. Cathy Lomen-Hoerth, Director of the ALS Center at UCSF, following the news on Dwight Clark.