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The MND Researchers Bake off Champion!

Reading Time: 2 minutes As well as helping out with our ‘blog a day’ during MND Awareness Month, we also asked our researchers to get involved in ‘baking’ to become our first ‘MND Researchers Bake off Champion’. We received some great science-themed cakes, from zebrafish biscuits to a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance(NMR) machine cake! Our Director of Research, Dr Brain Dickie said:…

Project-MinE

Reading Time: 2 minutes Barbara Thuss is project co-ordinator for Project MinE, an international initiative with the aim of sequencing at least 15,000 MND genomes. We announced earlier today that the MND Association is funding the UK-arm of this initiative, known as the Whole Genome Sequencing project. Here Barbara explains more about Project-MinE. Although the precise cause of MND is still…

The UK Whole Genome Sequencing project

Reading Time: 4 minutes Dr Samantha Price is the Research Information Co-ordinator at the MND Association. As well as organising the ‘blog a day’ during MND Awareness Month she also communicates the latest news about MND research. Here she blogs about the MND Association’s announcement of the UK Whole Genome Sequencing project. It’s been a brilliant Awareness Month with…

Postcard from Australia

Reading Time: 4 minutes Dr Emma Devenney is an MND Association and Neuroscience Research Australia funded PhD student investigating the Cerebellum in MND and Frontotemporal Dementia at Neuroscience Research Australia. She is finding out what role it plays in the symptoms of patients with the C9orf72 mutation. Here she blogs about her work from Australia! Finally after more than 12…

Waste disposal in MND

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dr Rob Layfield’s research at the University of Nottingham is funded by the MND Association. His research aims to investigate the cells waste disposal system, which could lead to new ways in how doctors manage the symptoms of the disease. Our work focuses on the effects of SQSTM1 mutations on the structure of the protein…

Visualising FUS

Reading Time: < 1 minute Prof Vladimir Buchman (Cardiff University) was awarded funding by the MND Association for his research into the fused-in-sarcoma (FUS) protein. Dr Tatyana Shelkovnikova began the project in April 2014. Find out more here. “For the MND Association’s blog a day we have this very nice (we think it is nice!) collage illustrating how FUS aggregates…

Streaking Meerkats

Reading Time: 4 minutes In April 2014 over 30 runners from the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) took part in the Sheffield half marathon. The team consisted of researchers and family members (one of which had even travelled all the way from Australia to take part!). Association-funded researcher, Dr Emily Goodall, blogs about the Streaking Meerkats running team’s…