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On the fourth day of Christmas MND research gave to me: a new stem cell research project

Reading Time: < 1 minute “On the fourth day of Christmas MND research gives to you… on the FOURTH month of 2014, we announced that we’ll fund an exciting new stem cell project” During our April Biomedical Research Advisory Panel Meeting we agreed to fund seven new MND research projects. These projects included Prof Linda Greensmith’s research on Restoring muscle…

Switching the light on for MND

Reading Time: 4 minutes MND Association-funded researcher, Prof Linda Greensmith, based at University College London, together with her collaborator Dr Ivo Lieberam from Kings College London, have introduced stem cell-derived motor neurones into mice. Published in the prestigious journal Science on 4 April 2014, her research has also demonstrated that muscle function can be controlled by light. Modelling MND…

Cogane produces encouraging results in MND Association-funded study

Reading Time: 2 minutes Thanks to funding and some strategic ‘match-making’ by the MND Association, a new drug may have taken one step closer to beginning clinical trials in MND after producing promising results in an animal model of the disease. The drug, known as Cogane, was developed by the biotechnology company Phytopharm. It had already demonstrated in laboratory…

Collaboration between cancer and MND researchers produces exciting results

Reading Time: < 1 minute It’s been a busy couple of weeks for exciting research results! Hot on the heels of the publication of Dr Turner’s imaging study, MND Association-funded researchers who pioneered a state-of the art technique adapted from cancer research have just published results describing some of the earliest events in MND-related degeneration. Prof Giampietro Schiavo and colleagues at…

A time to celebrate

Reading Time: 2 minutes Last night I attended Professor Linda Greensmith’s inaugural lecture. When a researcher is awarded a ‘personal chair’ (in other words becomes a professor) they are requested to give a non-technical ‘inaugural’ lecture to an invited audience. It is an opportunity to celebrate their achievements amongst family, friends, colleagues and supporters. The title of Professor Greensmith’s…