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Flexible molecules and droplets: researching and targeting RNA-protein complexes in MND

Flexible molecules and droplets: researching and targeting RNA-protein complexes in MND

Reading Time: 6 minutes My name is Tatyana Shelkovnikova, I am an MND Association Lady Edith Wolfson Senior Non-Clinical fellow. I lead my own group at the Medicines Discovery Institute, Cardiff University. I chose to move my fellowship to a drug discovery unit with a strong neuroscience portfolio of projects to be able to stay at the frontier of…

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…

Understanding family experiences of inherited MND: developing a new web resource on Healthtalk.org

Understanding family experiences of inherited MND: developing a new web resource on Healthtalk.org

Reading Time: 4 minutes Guest researcher blog post written by Jade Howard. Hello, my name is Jade Howard and I am a second year PhD student from The Health Services Research Unit at the University of Aberdeen. I am working on a study of families’ experiences of inherited forms of MND, which affect around 5-10% of people with the…

Does the glymphatic system play a role in MND?

Does the glymphatic system play a role in MND?

Reading Time: 3 minutes At last year’s International Symposium on ALS/MND in Perth, Australia, Professor Jeffrey Iliff talked about the glymphatic system (C1 in abstract book) – a series of ‘tunnels’ containing cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that distributes nutrients and removes waste from the central nervous system. Prof. Iliff’s team demonstrated that the glymphatic system fails both in the ageing…

Studentship success – next steps for Matthew Nolan

Studentship success – next steps for Matthew Nolan

Reading Time: 5 minutes Guest researcher blog post written by Matthew Nolan. My name is Matthew, I’m currently a post-doctoral researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in the USA, supported by a Cullen Education and Research Young Investigator Award. Last year I finished my MND Association-funded PhD at the University of Oxford, where I was supervised by…

Toxicity of cerebrospinal fluid in ALS/MND

Toxicity of cerebrospinal fluid in ALS/MND

Reading Time: 4 minutes A systematic review of existing scientific literature, performed by a team of researchers led by Dr Arpan Mehta, MRC/MND Association Lady Edith Wolfson Clinical Fellow based at the Euan MacDonald Centre, University of Edinburgh, supports the view that cerebrospinal fluid obtained from patients with ALS/MND is toxic to cells.  This finding could help to establish…

Panic at the (Cell’s) Depot

Panic at the (Cell’s) Depot

Reading Time: 5 minutes Guest researcher blog post written by Sam Bryce-Smith – sharing his research into changes in ‘post-code’ sequences of RNA, how it continues during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the importance of his funding. We are extremely grateful for the support of the London Freemasons, who are generously supporting one of our new PhD Studentships held by…