The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) ALS Clinic is found at the Montreal Neurological Hospital (MNH). Clinics are held on Mondays only.The purpose of the ALS Clinic is to provide you with specialized care that is designed to meet your needs. In order to do this a team will care for you. This team includes you, your close friends and family, and many health care professionals from the hospital.Other specialists will be contacted if needed. Your team will work to:

• Identify your needs and make a care plan for you.
• Involve your family in this plan if it is appropriate for you.
• Manage your symptoms.
• Give you opportunities to join clinical trials.
• Involve other health care professionals from the community.
• Give you care at all stages of your illness.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease or Motor Neuron Disease. It is a progressive neurological disorder. That is, it gets more serious over time. ALS destroys motor neurons. These are cells that send messages from the brain to voluntary muscles. Walking, talking, breathing, swallowing, chewing and moving your arms all use voluntary muscles. In most cases, your senses, your ability to think, eye muscles and the heart, bowel and bladder are not affected. Sexual function is not affected. ALS is not contagious.

About 3000 Canadians currently live with ALS. Most people with ALS are between the ages of 40-60, but ALS can occur in younger and older people as well. The most common form of ALS occurs for no obvious reason. About 5-10% of people may have an inherited form of ALS. There is no known cure for ALS but researchers are working to learn more about this disease. Researchers believe that ALS is caused by many events occurring in the body. With more research, better treatment for ALS will one day be available.