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The Institute of Neurology – a hidden gem for MND research

Reading Time: 4 minutes Queen’s Square in London, a green and calm space tucked behind the busy Russell Square, is known for the famous National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. One of the MND Association’s Care Centres is based at the National – providing important multidisciplinary team care for people with MND. However, in a concrete tower block, tucked in the corner…

Another piece in the MND Jigsaw..

Reading Time: < 1 minute Research published yesterday on 3 June 2014 in the prestigious journal Nature Communications, highlights key insights into how the protein TDP-43 may cause motor neurones to die in MND. Association-funded researcher Prof Chris Miller based at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, was involved in the research. In the majority of cases of MND the protein…

Mathematics and MND

Reading Time: 3 minutes Following on from physics and X-rays; Matt Gabel is an MND Association PhD student at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School who is using mathematics to study MND. Here Matt blogs about his day and what it’s like being a PhD student. I’ve just finished my weekly meeting with my supervisors, and I’m walking back over…

X-rays for MND research

Reading Time: 4 minutes Dr Gareth Wright, based at the University of Liverpool, is a postdoctoral researcher funded by the MND Association. His research is all about using physics and x-rays to further our understanding of MND. Here he gives us a taste of why X-rays  are important. The background to X-rays We have a long history of X-ray science…

Cell Culture Work in Motor Neuron Disease Research

Reading Time: 3 minutes Following on from baking, and understanding the roles of genes and proteins, Helena Chaytow (Royal Holloway) explains about her research. Helena is an MND Association-funded PhD student developing small strands of DNA, known as ‘antisense oligonucleotides’ to make motor neurones more resistant to damage. DNA and RNA The challenge of working with Motor Neuron Disease (MND)…