Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Clinic
The mission of the Baylor College of Medicine ALS Clinic is to provide comprehensive and compassionate care to patients and families affected by ALS and to discover the cause, effective treatments and, ultimately, the cure for this disease. In keeping with a tradition of excellence for caring for patients with ALS, the College is a partner with the ALS Association and with the Greater Houston Chapter of the ALSA.
Our clinic is structured to allow each patient to receive ample attention from each healthcare professional. Our multidisciplinary clinic is held twice a month in the Department of Neurology, Smith Tower, Suite 1801. Clinic begins at 9 a.m.
Read more about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
- Phillip Mani Alapat, M.D., Pulmonologist
- Yadollah Harati, M.D., Neurologist, Medical Director
- Cecile L. Phan, M.D., Neurologist
- Harold T. Shelby, M.D., Gastroenterologist
- Claire MacAdam, P.T., N.C.S., Clinic Coordinator and Physical Therapist
- Michele K. York, Ph.D., Neuropsychologist
- Paulette Bennett, L.V.N., Nurse
- Brenda Dickinson, R.D., L.D., M.S., Dietitian
- Terri Haight, M.A., SLP-CCC, Speech Pathologist
- Jocelyn Register, R.R.T., Respiratory Therapist
- Gina Strack, O.T.R., Occupational Therapist
Donation of Tissue for Research
Consider giving the most precious gift. In recent years, researchers have learned a great deal about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a fatal neuromuscular disorder, but there is still much more to discover. At this time, we still don't know what causes ALS or how the disease is triggered. Investigators are searching for the answers to these and many other puzzling questions about ALS in their efforts to find effective treatments and ways to prevent the disease.
Because ALS is a disease of the motor neurons located in the brain and spinal cord, it is difficult to access this tissue in people living with ALS. Researchers often use donated postmortem tissue to study ALS. However, there is a scarcity of ALS brain and spinal cord tissue for research studies. Tissue from people living with ALS is a critical resource for researchers. When ALS tissue and complete information about the donor's ALS history are compared, researchers are able to piece together information that will eventually provide answers. Researchers compare ALS tissue with non-diseased tissue. They compare the tissue of people diagnosed with ALS with different histories, including variances in their age of onset and time of diagnosis, disease progression, care and treatment.
Persons with ALS and their families realize the importance of research into the cause of ALS because understanding the cause of the disease may offer the best opportunity for finding and producing effective therapies to treat and/or prevent ALS in the future. Many people have already played a key role in advancing the knowledge about ALS by providing blood samples, muscle biopsies and other specimens.
For some people, the decision or commitment to donate tissue upon their death may be difficult, especially when coping with the day to day challenges of ALS. However, many find that committing to be a tissue donor provides them with a sense of purpose or comfort in knowing that the donation will contribute to the quest for knowledge about ALS.
People living with ALS who chose to donate tissue need to plan ahead since there are few medical centers prepared to perform the tissue donation procedure effectively. If you are considering tissue donation, please contact our office at (713) 798-5694 and we can answer your questions and assist you with the planning process.
A lasting legacy can be the donation of brain and spinal cord tissue for ALS research.
For more information, please contact Claire MacAdam at (713) 798-5694.