Taubman, Feldman receive ALSA Michigan Legacy of Hope Award

The ALS Association Michigan Chapter has named Mr. A. Alfred Taubman, founder and chair of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute, and Eva L. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., the institute’s director, as the 2014 recipients of the association’s Legacy of Hope Award.

The award honors individuals who effect positive changes within the ALS community and demonstrate a remarkable commitment to the betterment of treatment for ALS patients, and the research necessary to find the cure for ALS.

“We are delighted to create this event to celebrate extraordinary individuals. Dr. Eva Feldman and Mr. A. Alfred Taubman have been selected to receive the Legacy of Hope award because of their dedication and commitment to the ALS community,” said Paula Morning, executive director of the association.

Through his establishment of the Taubman Institute at the University of Michigan, as well as for his philanthropic support of Dr. Feldman’s laboratory, the Program for Neurology Research & Discovery, Mr. Taubman has created an environment where scientists are working on ALS-related research ranging from imaging techniques to provide early diagnosis, to Dr. Feldman’s landmark trial of a first-ever stem cell treatment for ALS.  To date, 22 patients have received injections of specially engineered stem cells directly to their spinal cords in the FDA-approved trial, which is testing the ability of the stem cells to replace dying motor neurons.

“Mr. Taubman and I are deeply grateful to be selected as the inaugural recipients of this honor,” said Dr. Feldman.  “We greatly appreciate the recognition of our work at the Taubman Institute to create hope for ALS patients and their families, and are proud to accept it as representatives of the many other researchers, philanthropists and caregivers striving every day in the quest for new cures and treatments.”

Dr. Feldman and Mr. Taubman will be honored at the Legacy of Hope evening sponsored by the ALS Association Michigan Chapter on April 3.  The black-tie gala featuring a reception, dinner, auction and awards program will be held at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham beginning at 6 p.m.   For information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.alsa-michigan.org or call (248) 680-6540.