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Do the eyes have it? Could Resistant Nerves See Our Way to a Treatment?

Do the eyes have it? Could Resistant Nerves See Our Way to a Treatment?

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Science Show on ABC Radio National in Australia, features an interview with Professor Justin Yerbury on Saturday 17th August. The article containing the interview titled ‘Resistant nerves could lead to treatment for neurodegenerative disease‘ is a fascinating insight into Prof Yerbury’s work on the  delicate balance of proteins in solution within our nerves and…

Energy and metabolism in MND cells answer the burning question

Energy and metabolism in MND cells answer the burning question

Reading Time: 5 minutes Despite the winter chill, there is a warm fuzzy feeling today with the news of a paper published in the journal ‘Brain’ by an MND Association funded Research Fellow, Dr Scott Allen. Based at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), Dr Allen was awarded a Senior Non-Clinical Research Fellowship by the Association in 2016,…

What’s the story with CuATSM

Reading Time: 5 minutes There has recently been a flood of news stories on the outcomes of the Australian Phase 1 clinical trial investigating Copper ATSM (CuATSM) which is a small man-made compound that can selectively deliver copper to cells. The results were first presented at our International Symposium in Glasgow back in December. MND is a terrible disease…

Steps to understanding MND

Steps to understanding MND

Reading Time: 3 minutes Love them or loath them, the band Steps’ first single ‘5,6,7,8’ was a techno line dance song released in 1998 from their debut album ‘step one’, with the B side ‘words of wisdom’. Using this forced and purely tenuous link and an equally awkward segue, I would like to share with you the news that…

Collaboration and Consortium Cracking the Code: Uncovering KIF5A – MND gene

Reading Time: 5 minutes ‘Big data’ projects require detailed analysis of unimaginably large volumes of complex data. This is especially true in the realm of MND gene discovery when searching for MND-associated genes – where the greater the number of samples analysed, the greater the possibility of finding the relatively less frequently occurring genetic causes (known as ‘rare’ variants).…