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Virtual Symposium: Lessons from COVID-19 Part 3 – Impact on research

Virtual Symposium: Lessons from COVID-19 Part 3 – Impact on research

Reading Time: 3 minutes This is the last in a series of three blog articles from Session 7 – Perspectives: Lessons from COVID-19 in which we heard from different speakers about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their own experiences of clinical trials, research, and support within the MND community. A further blog, written by Bruce Virgo who is…

Microbiome: is the answer in our guts?

Microbiome: is the answer in our guts?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Exploring the link between our guts and our general health is becoming increasingly popular. Studies of people with various physical and mental health conditions suggest there may be an important link that has not yet been explored in MND. Researchers are now looking closely into the association between our gut microbiome and our vulnerability to…

Mediating the delicate balance between protection and damage

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Opening Session theme on how the disease progresses within the Central Nervous System (CNS) continued with the presentation by Prof Stan Appel from Baylor College of Medicine, Huston on neuroinflammation. Examination of post-mortem brain and spinal cords from people with MND shows clear evidence of inflammation (although Prof Appel was quick to point out…