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The 2020 Help & Hope Symposium is an exciting VIRTUAL ONLINE experience for everyone affected by ALS. Presentations from nationally recognized experts in ALS care and research are available here on our website and on our Facebook and YouTube pages for you to view and share.

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  • Alisa Brownlee, ATP, CAPS  Certified Assistive Technology Specialist
  • Anne Cooney, MSW, LSW  Social Worker
  • Jayne Etskovitz, MSW, LSW  Social Worker
  • Kristofer Feeko, DO  Physiatrist
  • Carol Freed, RD  Dietician
  • Judith Guarnieri, RN, CRNP  Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner
  • Christopher Hague  Medical Assistant
  • Gail Houseman, RN, CNS-BC  Regional Nurse Coordinator
  • Hristelina Ilieva, MD, PhD  Clinical Director
  • Daniel Kelly, MA, CCC-SLP  Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Margaret Kreher, MD  Palliative Care
  • Brittani Longenecker, RRT  Registered Respiratory Therapist
  • Laura Oakley, Bsc  Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Piera Pasinelli, PhD  Center Director


Christine Moretti

Perspective from a Person with ALS


Alisa Brownlee, ATP, CAPS

Gidgets and Gadgets for People with ALS, featuring innovations in Assistive Technology to help patients communicate and assist with daily living.


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Bryan J. Traynor, MD, PhD

Senior Investigator
Chief, Neuromuscular Diseases Research Section

Laboratory of Neurogenetics, NIA, NIH

Topic: Adventures in the Genetics of ALS

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Jinsy A. Andrews, MD, MSc
Sr. Director, Clinical Research and Development
Head of Neuromuscular Therapeutics
Columbia University

Topic: Clinical Trials

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Zachary Simmons, MD

Professor of Neurology and Humanities, Penn State University

Director, Penn State Hershey ALS Clinic and Research Center


Platform Trial: An Exciting and Innovative Design for ALS Clinic Trials


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