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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…

What’s all the ‘FUS’ about?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Prof Vladimir Buchman (Cardiff University)’s research was selected as one of the best research studies, as decided by the journal editors, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry in 2013. He is building on this research in his Association-funded project, which began on 1 April 2014. The background to FUS: In 2009 an international team…

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…

Changing fashions of MND models

Reading Time: 3 minutes Models of MND are important both to understand the causes of MND and to quickly, efficiently and accurately screen and develop new treatments for it. A number of key developments both in terms of technological know-how and new understanding of genetics of MND have led to the development of new models discussed at on the…