- The Forbes Norris MDA/ALS Research and Treatment Center in San Francisco was recognized by the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association for its "outstanding program" for people with ALS.
- The multidisciplinary team at the center is involved in all areas of ALS care, including research into novel ways to screen promising new ALS therapies; provision of top-notch speech and language therapy; and helping set standards of care in ALS.
- Amy Roman, the Forbes Norris speech and language therapist, was singled out for special recognition.
- A video about the Forbes Norris program is included at the end of this article.
The Forbes Norris MDA/ALS Research and Treatment Center in San Francisco has received Program of the Year honors from the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA).
Criteria for the award include demonstrating an “outstanding program for unique, innovative service related to the profession.” CSHA professional members include audiologists and speech-language pathologists who provide speech and hearing care to children and adults with communication challenges.
Robert Miller, Forbes Norris director, said he’s “very proud of our amazing multidisciplinary team,” and singled out Amy Roman, “our extraordinary speech and language therapist – a national leader in her field.”
Roman and team “provide world-class care for people with ALS and at the same time cutting-edge research to find treatments to ease the burden of the disease,” said Miller.
“We have played a leadership role in developing evidence-based guidelines for setting the standards of care in this disease, recently published by the American Academy of Neurology,” Miller said. “Moreover, we are developing innovative ways of screening promising new therapies that will make the process of identifying significant treatments more efficient.”
Forbes Norris is the largest ALS clinical research center in the United States, and one of more than 35 MDA/ALS research centers nationwide. It is named after Forbes (Ted) Norris, a renowned neurologist who dedicated his life to helping people with ALS.