Wednesday, July 23, 2014

GHSU faculty to speak at ALS symposium

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Dr. Michael Rivner, Director of the Georgia Health Sciences University ALS Clinic and Charbonnier Professor of Neurology at GHSU, will discuss “Managing the Symptoms of ALS” as a featured speaker at the Annual ALS Educational Symposium on Nov. 10 in Atlanta.

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

The annual symposium, sponsored by the ALS Association of Georgia for ALS patients, caregivers and their families, is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center Hotel. The theme is “Living for Today, Learning for Tomorrow.” Topics will include medical and psychosocial clinical care standards in ALS and information regarding respiratory, mobility and speech issues; symptom management; nutrition; communication, caregiver support; end-of-life issues; and legal and financial issues.

Also at the conference, Dr. J. Edward Hartmann, Assistant Professor of Neurology, will discuss “Alternative Medicines and their Risks and Benefits.”

Additionally, Dr. Charlotte Chatto, GHSU Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, and Dr. Ben Herz, GHSU Assistant Professor and Program Director of Occupational Therapy, will participate in a discussion on “Maximizing Independence.”

The ALS Association of Georgia’s mission is to empower, care for and support those living with ALS in Georgia, while advocating for a cure.

For more information about the symposium, call the ALS Association of Georgia at 404-636-9909 or 888-636-9940.

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