I am optimistic every time I prepare a talk when I look for something new to say about advances in research.
Since the discovery of the TDP43 mutation in 2008, I have become spoilt for choice! Every year I have been able to talk about new genetic discoveries to the local groups, branches and healthcare professionals that I present to. These discoveries are clear markers on the way to a world free of MND – giving insights into the inherited and sporadic forms of MND, what goes wrong in motor neurones themselves and identifying targets for the development of new treatments. The ‘scent’ of a new discovery attracts new researchers and scientists into the field too.
These are the reasons that I am incurably optimistic about research.
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