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Donor visit sparks a research career

Posted May 8, 2018
Rita Sattler, an associate professor of neurology at the Barrow Neurological Institute and an investigator with the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research, and Andrew Nelson. Rita Sattler, an associate professor of neurology at the Barrow Neurological Institute and an investigator with the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research, and Andrew Nelson.

Andrew Nelson was a pre-med student at Virginia's James Madison University when his grandfather received news he had ALS. John Gluck died within a year of his diagnosis, and his family began supporting the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins in Gluck's memory.

Andrew Nelson

Nelson hadn't decided on his path in the medical profession when he joined family members on one of their first visits to Hopkins and the ALS Clinic. But all that changed when he met one of the clinic's investigators, Rita Sattler — who's now Nelson's boss at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.

Learn more about how Nelson is honoring his grandfather's memory in this article from the May 2018 ALS Alert Newsletter.