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Professor Ammar Al-Chalabi wins prestigious prize

Reading Time: 2 minutes Huge congratulations to Professor Ammar Al-Chalabi for winning the prestigious Sheila Essey Award at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) research conference taking place in Vancouver, Canada. Professor Al-Chalabi is an MND Association funded researcher and Professor of Neurology and Complex Disease Genetics at King’s College London. He is also the Director of our MND Care and Research…

Looking for MND genes: Project MinE update

Reading Time: 3 minutes Project MinE is an international genetics project that is analysing DNA from people with MND in detail. For the majority of people with MND, the disease appears ‘sporadically’ for no apparent reason. For a small number of people, approximately 5-10% of those with MND there is an inherited link, in other words the disease runs in…

Improving the classification of ALS – can we make it logical?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Yesterday at the International Symposium on ALS/MND Prof Ammar Al-Chalabi (Director of King’s Care Centre and Professor of Complex Genetics at King’s College London) cautioned the motor neurone disease (MND) research community about the confusing way we describe this disease we are all fighting. He started his talk by showing a standard definition of what MND…

Pretty ‘fly’ for a fruit fly

Reading Time: 4 minutes Dr Frank Hirth is one of the world’s leading fruit fly MND researchers. Based at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London, he has been working on an Association-funded project developing a C9orf72 fruit fly model of MND. Here we mark the end of this project, and report on what the researchers…

On the twelfth day of Christmas MND research gave to me: twelve – a low number of authors on a research paper

Reading Time: < 1 minute The final day of our ‘twelve days of Christmas’ blogs has arrived. We hope you’ve enjoyed our festive overview of 2014 and we look forward to sharing many more research updates throughout 2015!  “On the twelfth day of Christmas MND research gives to you… TWELVE – a relatively small number of authors for an MND…

The power of a blot!

Reading Time: 3 minutes During December and November the Research Development team receive a number of Christmas presents from our funded researchers. These presents come in the form of ‘annual reports’ and, although they may not be wrapped in Christmas paper, once you open them you’re sure to find a nice research surprise! One of our PhD students, Ambra…

On the fifth day of Christmas MND research gave to me: 5+1 steps trigger MND

Reading Time: < 1 minute  “On the fifth day of Christmas MND research gives to you… FIVE +1 triggers believed to cause MND” Under the leadership of Prof Neil Pearce at Prof Ammar Al-Chalabi, researchers have used a mathematical approach previously used by cancer researchers to explain why MND is an adult-onset disease, and why it varies (even within families). The…