AMBRoSIA and NECTAR – Make your mark on MND

It has been almost a year since we announced that AMBRoSIA (A Multicentre Biomarker Resource Strategy In ALS) had begun to recruit participants (read the Autumn 2017 edition of Thumbprint).

AMBRoSIA is the biggest project that the MND Association has ever funded and recruitment occurs at three sites throughout the UK (Sheffield, headed by Prof Dame Pam Shaw, Oxford, headed by Prof Martin Turner and London, headed by Dr Andrea Malaspina).

The project will collect a number of biological samples, including blood, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), urine and skin in order to identify biomarkers (markers of biological change) that could be a signature of MND.Read More »

Introducing the Research Programmes and Partnerships Manager

As I settle into my role as the Research Programmes and Partnerships Manager with the MND Association, I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself to you all and share with you what my role will entail.

My background is mainly in genetic laboratories (even having the opportunity to extract and test DNA from ancient Egyptian Mummies), although I have worked in a tissue typing laboratory (to make sure that the recipient of a donated organ and the donor matched to avoid the chance of the organ being rejected) as well as a Phase I clinical trials laboratory. Immediately prior to starting with the MND Association, I worked as a Senior Scientific Project Manager for one of the UK’s largest biorepositories, responsible for setting up studies, and collection, processing, storage and shipping of samples.Read More »