Research & Patient Center

Tissue Bank

The tissue bank, located in the Neuromuscular Disorders Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, is used to collect and preserve brain tissue and spinal cord tissue from patients with a clinical diagnosis of ALS. By examining the motor neurons and other cells of the human brain and spinal cord, where ALS begins, researchers can better understand the factors involved in ALS. This is an essential part of ongoing research.

Provisions for tissue donations must be made prior to a donor’s death. For more information, please contact Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nailah Siddique, RN, MSN, at or 312 503 2712.

Dr. Teepu Siddique

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Meet our world-class ALS researchers and clinicians:

Dr. Teepu Siddique

Dr. Teepu Siddique

The Les Turner ALS Research Laboratory led by Teepu Siddique, MD, focuses on understanding the processes by which ALS progresses so that effective treatments can be developed. The lab was first dedicated in 1979 and has been directed by Dr. Siddique since 1991.

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Dr. P. Hande Ozdinler

Dr. Hande Ozdinler

This lab, opened in 2008, focuses on the motor neurons which reside in the brain and connect with motor neurons in the spinal cord to initiate and control movement. These two motor neuron populations progressively degenerate in ALS patients, and therefore require immediate attention.

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Kiskinis Lab

Dr. Evangelos Kiskinis

The Les Turner ALS Foundation Research Laboratory led by Dr. Evangelos Kiskinis opened in January 2015. Dr. Kiskinis works on understanding the level and nature of heterogeneity in ALS and to identify points of effective and targeted therapeutic intervention.

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