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MND Researchers: England v Italy

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Tonight England will take on Italy in the FIFA World Cup. It’s fair to say England look like they have pretty poor odds of winning the World Cup (yet alone getting through the Group stages!), however I’m sure many England supporters will be cheering on their team tonight as they take on the Italians.

As we’re posting a blog a day for MND Awareness month, in light of the England v Italy game, we introduce the MND Italian researchers line-up! We may support different football teams in the World Cup, but our Italian researchers are working together with our English researchers towards a world free from MND.

The Italian MND researchers

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The formation of Bendotti’s team is:

Bottom, from the left: Mattia Freschi, Massimo Tortarolo, Giovanni Nardo,Nicola Secomandi, Antonio Vallarola; Top, from the left: Martina Rossi, Beatrice Bosani, Caterina Bendotti, Valentina Torti, Maria Chiara Trolese

Our research mainly focuses on studying MND mouse models with the same gene mutation, but different disease progression (see our previous blog post). Our main research objective is to identify the key molecular pathways that modulate the disease course in these mice. This will enable us to develop reliable prognostic biomarkers of the disease and treatments capable of slowing down the course of the disease.

This work is carried out in a joint international collaboration with Prof Pam Shaw (University of Sheffield, UK) and Dr Andrea Malaspina ( Queen Mary University of London, UK ).

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The MND Association’s vision is a world free from MND. Realising this vision means investing more in research, further developing partnerships with the research community, funding bodies and industry, while ensuring that advances in understanding and treating MND are communicated as quickly and effectively as possible. Our Research Development team, composed of 11 members, work hard to achieve this. Principally, the Research Information team within this are involved in communication activities including this MND Research blog.

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