This past Thursday, June 22, Dana saw the coming together of faculty, library professionals and administrators to view Dana’s current ALS exhibit and learn more about the disease and its research. Dr. Rup Tandan, Professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences, was on hand to answer questions about ALS as well as give insight into related research and clinical practice here at UVM. Dr. Tandan was instrumental in providing information for the exhibit and patiently answered the multitude of questions asked. We would like to thank Dr. Tandan for his wealth of invaluable knowledge and information!
This exhibit looks at the presence of ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, in the Champlain Valley and the research being done at UVM in search of a cure. A study spearheaded by Dr. Rup Tandan, a professor of Neurology at the Larner College of Medicine, finds a connection between the presence of the neurotoxin beta methyl-amino-alanine (BMAA), found in blue-green algae blooms in local bodies of water, and the higher number of recorded cases of ALS in the surrounding areas. The Champlain Valley has been cited as one of these areas.
ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that is 100% fatal. It affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and causes motor neurons to degenerate and die off. When this happens, the brain is unable to relay signals to those muscles and control voluntary muscle movements. About 20,000 Americans can have this disease at any given time.
The exhibit also highlights books and movies on ALS, as well as people whose lives have been affected.
The exhibit will be on display through June 29th. Stop by and learn more! Questions? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.