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How can tissue donation help MND research?

How can tissue donation help MND research?

Reading Time: 6 minutes Please note that this blog talks about sensitive topics such as death and tissue donation throughout. Researchers use many different tools to increase our understanding of the underlying biology of the disease. These can be animal models of MND, biological samples from people with MND and brain tissue from people that have died from the…

Cutting-edge MND research at The Francis Crick Institute

Cutting-edge MND research at The Francis Crick Institute

Reading Time: 5 minutes Building relationships with key research institutes across the UK is vital in pushing research forward in the fight against MND. As of 31 December 2023, we are funding 109 research projects across 19 UK Universities and research institutes. The MND Association has a long-standing relationship with University College London (UCL) and its researchers. This relationship…

ALS Reversals – an update

ALS Reversals – an update

Reading Time: 10 minutes For the purposes of this blog, ALS should be taken to mean ALS/MND. In September 2020 we published a blog article discussing Dr Rick Bedlack’s unique perspective on ALS reversals. This followed a webinar in which Dr Bedlack presented potential evidence of 48 people around the world who had a confirmed diagnosis of ALS, some…

A new way to detect faulty TDP-43 in MND

A new way to detect faulty TDP-43 in MND

Reading Time: 7 minutes Researchers from the University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh have developed a new tool that could help to detect signs of MND in cells before symptoms of the disease start. This work was recently published and was previously presented at the 34th International Symposium in Basel by Dr Jenna Gregory. The new tool…

Using brain imaging to assess appetite control in people with MND
Glass head with health foods recommended for mental agility.

Using brain imaging to assess appetite control in people with MND

Reading Time: 6 minutes Weight loss is a problem for many people living with MND, with approximately 20% of people already having lost 10% of their weight at diagnosis. Some of this weight loss may be due to a person experiencing difficulties with chewing and swallowing because of increased muscle weakness. It could be due to a lack of…