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  • Served as Director of the Carolinas Neuromuscular/ALS-MDA Care Center, Atrium Health Neurosciences Institute, Department of Neurology, Carolinas Medical Center;

  • Adjunct Professor of Neurology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine (Charlotte Campus), Charlotte, North Carolina;

  • Served as Co-Chairman of the American Academy of Neurology Work Group on ALS Performance Measures;

  • A founding member of the World Federation of Neurology Research Group on ALS Performance Measures.

  • In 2012, Dr. Brooks was awarded the annual Forbes Norris Award for improving clinical management of ALS by the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associates and the World Federation of Neurology Research Group on Motor Neuron Diseases at the 23rd International ALS/MND Symposium.  

  • Dr. Brooks dedicated his entire professional career to advancing the understanding of the pathophysiology of ALS and improving the clinical management of people with the disease.  

  • Dr. Brooks was instrumental in designing the ALS Functional Rating Scale which has become the gold standard for monitoring the progression of ALS in clinical trials.            

  • He also helped develop the El Escorial for diagnostic criteria for ALS.  
    Played a key role in the development of two major FDA-approved therapies for ALS; Rilutek (1996) and Nuedexta (2010)      

  • Received the first ever Disease-Specific Care Certification in ALS by The Joint Commission, regarded as one of the premier programs - regionally, nationally and internationally - for the study and treatment of such diseases.

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science, Tokyo Japan

  • Research Centre for Social Science & Medicine

  • Unit for Intractable Disease Nursing Care 

  • Director, ALS Nursing Care Project


“To achieve optimal nursing care and community-based management of patients with ALS”

  • Clinical Consultant, RC Medical, Inc, Wickliffe, Ohio;

  • Joe is a registered respiratory therapist and has actively worked in healthcare for nearly 40 years;

  • Specializes in the administration of noninvasive ventilation;

  • Fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC); 

  • Has published over three dozen scientific and research papers in clinical peer review journals;

  • Joe has been a regular speaker at regional and national pulmonary medicine, respiratory therapy and homecare conferences.

Douglas A. McKim
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Ottawa

  • Medical Director, CANVent Respiratory Rehabilitation ServicesThe Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre and The Ottawa Hospital Sleep Centre, Ottawa, Canada

  • Serves as a leader of the Canadian Thoracic Society

  • Member of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP)

  • Served as Chairman of the Home Care Network of the ACCP

  • Served on the Canadian Thoracic Society Home Mechanical Ventilation Committee for establishing clinical practice guidelines



Robert L. Chatburn
  • Rob Chatburn served for nearly 20 years as a research collaborator, prior to his retirement in 2022;

  • Served as Clinical Research Manager, Respiratory Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine, Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio USA

  • Fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care

  • Editorial board member, Respiratory Care Journal

  • Author of 9 textbooks and over 120 papers in peer-review journals and another 200+ abstracts. 

  • Recognized internationally as a research scientist and authority on mechanical Ventilation

  • Awarded by the American Association Respiratory Care in 2007: The Forest M. Bird Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award

  • Past Director of Respiratory Care, University Hospitals of Cleveland

On October 5, 2017, Robert Chatburn was awarded the Jimmy A. Young Medal, the highest honor awarded by the American Association for Respiratory Care. 


Chatburn previously received the Forrest M. Bird Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award for outstanding scientific contributions in respiratory care.

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