Beyond the Ice Bucket Challenge: an interview with ALS expert Professor Ammar Al-Chalabi, Part Two

: a drawing of ten faceless people, connected to one another by dashed lines. They all wear different types of clothes and hold overturned buckets above their heads, from which drops of water fall to create puddles

In honour of ALS/MND Global Day on June 21, Best Doctors is pleased to feature Part Two of an interview with Prof. Ammar Al-Chalabi, a leading ALS specialist at King’s College London and director of STRENGTH, the world’s largest international consortium for studying the disease.

Part Two Professor of Neurology and Complex Disease Genetics at King’s College London, Director of King’s MND Care and Research Centre and Honorary Consultant Neurologist at King’s College Hospital, Prof Al- Chalabi is a recognised specialist in ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as motor neuron disease) whose work involves both clinical practice and research. You are the director of STRENGTH, the largest international consortium for studying ALS in the world. What is special about STRENGTH in terms of its focus and goals? STRENGTH brings together researchers and clinicians from ALS centres across Europe to combine forces, with a focus on collecting and Read more

Beyond the Ice Bucket Challenge: an interview with ALS expert Professor Ammar Al-Chalabi

a drawing of the top of a person’s head and raised hands holding an overturned bucket with an ice symbol, from which drops of water fall, with clouds in the sky overhead

In honour of ALS/MND Global Day on June 21, Best Doctors is pleased to feature Part One of an interview with Prof. Ammar Al-Chalabi, a leading ALS specialist at King’s College London and director of director of STRENGTH, the world’s largest international consortium for studying the disease.

Part One Professor of Neurology and Complex Disease Genetics at King’s College London, Director of King’s MND Care and Research Centre and Honorary Consultant Neurologist at King’s College Hospital, Prof Al- Chalabi is a recognised specialist in ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as motor neuron disease) whose work involves both clinical practice and research. You have over 20 years’ experience as a practicing neurologist. How long have you been specializing in ALS and what motivated you to focus on this particular disease? I have been specialized in ALS since 1994 when I moved to London. At the time, ALS care in many Read more

Despite the debate over Autism, a world of opportunity calls

This past April 2 marked the seventh annual UN World Autism Awareness Day, and the latest estimates from Autism New Zealand put the rate of ASD at 1 in 100, or about 40,000 in New Zealand[i]. In this week’s post, we look at the challenges and opportunities for this often misunderstood disorder.

When we refer to Autism we are often referring to one of a range of neurological disorders grouped under the umbrella term Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Both Autism and ASD are conditions that manifest themselves in early childhood and are generally characterized by difficulties with social interaction and a tendency towards repetitive or set patterns of behaviour. A huge increase in cases, explained A report last year from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention provoked widespread alarm from the medical community and parents all around the world with its findings that 1 in 68 American children had ASD, a 30% Read more