Connecting with the next generation of MND researchers

Connecting with the next generation of MND researchers

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As you may be aware, due to the coronavirus situation we postponed our Early Career Researcher Workshop and MND Conference which was all set to run in June.

We had a fantastic response to the event, which was a two-day educational event to bring together Early Career Researchers (ECRs) investigating MND and our community. The event focused on supporting our ECRs by developing their network and public engagement activities with our wider MND community, which includes both researchers and people affected by MND. Although we were very disappointed that we had to postpone for now, however we have big plans to re-run the event next summer – so please watch this space.

The good news is that in organising the event we have enhanced our connection and strengthened our interactions with this vital next generation of MND researchers who are so important to the future of MND research.

As part of this continued connection and to maintain this momentum we are delighted to present a selection of ‘guest blogs’ written for you by some of the ECRs. They share their personal perspectives on their research and how their research may or may not have been affected by the coronavirus. This opportunity also gives them the platform to showcase their work and helps to develop their science communication skills. We hope you find the posts interesting, enjoy!

If you’re an MND researcher and would like to share your research and how COVID-19 has had an impact on your work, please contact us at

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.