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Physical exercise as a risk factor for MND – is it in our genes?

Physical exercise as a risk factor for MND – is it in our genes?

Reading Time: 5 minutes A potential link between exercise and MND has long been a topic of conversation and debate. Several studies have been carried out, but the discovery of a link has not been conclusively shown. Some have shown an association, but it is important to note that association is very different from cause. Studies that use questionnaire-based…

Examining the effects of the compound NU-9 in MND mice

Examining the effects of the compound NU-9 in MND mice

Reading Time: 4 minutes A research paper published recently has investigated the effect of a compound called ‘NU-9’ in mice models of MND. Before we go on, it is important to define ‘compound’ in this context. A compound is something that has pharmacological or biological activity that is likely to be therapeutically useful. It serves as a starting point…

Should routine genetic testing be considered for all cases of MND?

Should routine genetic testing be considered for all cases of MND?

Reading Time: 9 minutes A paper arising from research carried out at the University of Sheffield as part of the AMBRoSIA biobank, and in collaboration with the international Project MinE gene-hunting consortium, was recently published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. Researchers propose that a test for the most common MND genes could be offered to all…

Boosting energy in nerve cells is a promising target for MND treatments

Boosting energy in nerve cells is a promising target for MND treatments

Reading Time: 3 minutes A study conducted by researchers at the Euan MacDonald Centre at the University of Edinburgh has shed light on how improving the function of mitochondria – the power supply of nerve cells – could be a potential treatment for motor neurone disease, paper published this week in the journal, Acta Neuropathologica (2021). This study paves…

Virtual Symposium: Results from the Phase 3 clinical trial of NurOwn

Virtual Symposium: Results from the Phase 3 clinical trial of NurOwn

Reading Time: 4 minutes This blog is part of the ‘Virtual Highlights’ collection of articles, where you can read about the content of some of the talks and posters presented at the Virtual 31st International Symposium on ALS/MND. This presentation was part of Session 3: Clinical Trials Co-presented by Dr Merit Cudkowicz, from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General…

Update on the CENTAUR trial: open label extension data

Update on the CENTAUR trial: open label extension data

Reading Time: 3 minutes A centaur was a creature from Greek mythology which was half-man and half-horse. Despite such an unusual appearance such a combination could have its advantages. It seems that another combination may hold promise in the future for people with ALS/MND (see our previous blog). The CENTAUR clinical trial, which tested a combination of two compounds,…