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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…

Identifying potential new diagnostic biomarkers in the blood

Reading Time: 6 minutes Guest researcher blog post about the recently published paper on the identification of potential new biomarkers in the blood, in the journal Brain Communications. Written by lead author, Dr Greig Joilin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sussex: Diagnosis of MND is currently a time-consuming process of elimination, causing patients and families prolonged stress…

Online tool to support CALM – Coping and Living with MND

Online tool to support CALM – Coping and Living with MND

Reading Time: 2 minutes Guest researcher blog post written by Cathryn Pinto: I am a PhD student at the University of Southampton and my PhD project (titled CALM – Coping and Living with MND) is about the experience of emotional distress and wellbeing among people with MND and their family. Cathryn’s PhD studentship is funded by the MND Association.

Students support MND research awareness with a conference

Students support MND research awareness with a conference

Reading Time: 5 minutes Soon after 8 medical students at the University of Southampton volunteered for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (with their local Southampton and Winchester branch) and created an MND Association MedSoc group at the University, they decided to organise an MND conference in February 2020 to raise interest amongst medical students and other healthcare professionals. Among…

TUDCA-ALS has started recruiting in the UK

TUDCA-ALS has started recruiting in the UK

Reading Time: 3 minutes TUDCA-ALS is a European Consortium (funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 grant) involving top researchers from seven countries across Europe (see Figure 1). The Consortium aims to find a new treatment to slow down the progression of MND/ALS by conducting a clinical trial to investigate the safety and efficacy (effectiveness) of Tauroursodeoxycholic…

Focusing on mitochondria – a potential target for early MND treatment?

Focusing on mitochondria – a potential target for early MND treatment?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Dr Arpan Mehta, one of our Lady Edith Wolfson Clinical Fellows, and his team at the Euan MacDonald Centre at the University of Edinburgh have recently carried out a systematic review and meta-analysis of the pre-clinical literature (studies using animal models) to assess the therapeutic potential of targeting mitochondrial dysfunction in MND, examining if these…