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Surgeon and ALS Researcher to Discuss Successful ALS Treatment

October 23, 2014
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Raymond Onders

A renowned professor of surgery will discuss successes in treating ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) during a seminar Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. in Room 427 of the University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences Building.

Raymond Onders, professor of surgery for University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, will speak in an ALS seminar series organized by UW’s CHAP (Community Health Advancement Program). Members organized the series in response to the popularity of the ALS ice bucket challenge. The goal is to help students and others interested in the topic to gain a better understanding of what the disease is about and its effects on the patients and their loved ones.

Onders says his presentation will cover “The search and success in helping ALS patients breathe: the diaphragm pacing story from Superman to Lou Gehrig.” Actor Christopher Reeve was among Oster’s patients.

The seminar series continues Thursday, Nov. 6, with neurologist David Wheeler from Casper; Nov. 13 with Laramie clinical psychologist Martha Schilling; and the final session is Nov. 19 with Susan Schrag from the  Rocky Mountain ALS Association and UW’s Collette Kuhfus (family member of an ALS patient). For session details, visit

CHAP encourages students interested in health care professions by coordinating student volunteers to get involved in community volunteering and activism projects. CHAP also hosts seminars and video series on different topics relating to health care.

For more information, visit the CHAP website at, email or call (307) 766-4908

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