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Studentship success – next steps for Matthew Nolan

Studentship success – next steps for Matthew Nolan

Reading Time: 5 minutes Guest researcher blog post written by Matthew Nolan. My name is Matthew, I’m currently a post-doctoral researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in the USA, supported by a Cullen Education and Research Young Investigator Award. Last year I finished my MND Association-funded PhD at the University of Oxford, where I was supervised by…

Toxicity of cerebrospinal fluid in ALS/MND

Toxicity of cerebrospinal fluid in ALS/MND

Reading Time: 4 minutes A systematic review of existing scientific literature, performed by a team of researchers led by Dr Arpan Mehta, MRC/MND Association Lady Edith Wolfson Clinical Fellow based at the Euan MacDonald Centre, University of Edinburgh, supports the view that cerebrospinal fluid obtained from patients with ALS/MND is toxic to cells.  This finding could help to establish…

The FUS with faulty mitochondria – the powerhouse of the cell

The FUS with faulty mitochondria – the powerhouse of the cell

Reading Time: 3 minutes Guest researcher blog post written by Darija Šoltić. Originally from Croatia, I came to the UK to do my PhD in neuroscience, where I worked on spinal muscular atrophy, a debilitating childhood motor neuron disease (MND). Earlier this year, I joined the Ruepp group (led by Dr Marc-David Ruepp) at the UK Dementia Research Institute…

Targeting Tregs: IMODALS study paves the way for MIROCALS

Targeting Tregs: IMODALS study paves the way for MIROCALS

Reading Time: 4 minutes Although ALS is a neurodegenerative disease, researchers are increasingly also interested in events happening outside the brain and spinal cord, in particular whether changes in the immune system might play a role in influencing the course of the disease. This is a subject we’ve covered before, with particular reference to the ongoing MIROCALS drug trial…

Panic at the (Cell’s) Depot

Panic at the (Cell’s) Depot

Reading Time: 5 minutes Guest researcher blog post written by Sam Bryce-Smith – sharing his research into changes in ‘post-code’ sequences of RNA, how it continues during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the importance of his funding. We are extremely grateful for the support of the London Freemasons, who are generously supporting one of our new PhD Studentships held by…

Identifying potential new diagnostic biomarkers in the blood

Reading Time: 6 minutes Guest researcher blog post about the recently published paper on the identification of potential new biomarkers in the blood, in the journal Brain Communications. Written by lead author, Dr Greig Joilin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sussex: Diagnosis of MND is currently a time-consuming process of elimination, causing patients and families prolonged stress…