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Revisited: should routine genetic testing be considered for all cases of MND?

Revisited: should routine genetic testing be considered for all cases of MND?

Reading Time: 6 minutes The recent publication of the results from the Phase 3 Tofersen trial, an experimental gene therapy for the treatment of MND in people with a change in the gene that instructs the SOD1 protein, has provided increasing confidence that Tofersen is having a beneficial effect in people living with SOD1 MND. This and the development…

Genetics and MND

Genetics and MND

Reading Time: 5 minutes This is blog number two in our ‘Symposium Blogathon’ – counting down to the 32nd International Symposium on ALS/MND. Numbers in bold green text correspond to the code in the abstract book. Click on the number to be redirected to the full abstract (the page may take a minute to load). Approximately 10% of people…

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…

FaTHoM 2: UK-leading MND clinicians on inherited MND

FaTHoM 2: UK-leading MND clinicians on inherited MND

Reading Time: 4 minutes After its successful premiere in 2017, the University of Oxford organised another meeting of people affected by inherited MND, called ‘Families for the Treatment of Hereditary MND (FaTHoM)’. This turned out to be yet another excellent day where MND clinicians-researchers presented on topics such as genetics of MND, genetic testing and gene therapies. Below you…

More information for families affected by inherited MND available online

Reading Time: 4 minutes In April this year MND clinician-researchers Professors Martin Turner and Kevin Talbot at the University of Oxford organised an information day about the rare, inherited form of MND called ‘Families for the Treatment of Hereditary MND’ (FATHoM). The day was filmed and podcasts of the talks have recently become available. This article gives an overview…