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Nature, nurture, genetics and / or chance – what causes MND?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Trying to understand what the different underlying factors are towards developing MND has always been a goal for ALS research. MND Association funded researcher and clinician Professor Ammar Al-Chalabi from King’s College London, gave a talk on this topic at the opening session of the 23rd International Symposium on ALS/MND in Chicago. A record number of…

Profilin 1 identified as a cause of inherited MND

Reading Time: 3 minutes An MND causing gene called profilin 1 has been identified as the cause of about two percent of cases of inherited MND. This finding provides new insights into the causes of MND and suggests a potential role of the cellular scaffolding in MND. The finding was published in the 15 July edition of the prestigious journal Nature. This…

New gene finding suggests recycling is key to all forms of MND

Reading Time: 3 minutes Researchers from Northwestern University Feinburg School of Medicine in America, have identified that faulty ubiquilin 2 plays an integral role to MND. Led by eminent researcher Prof Teepu Siddique this research group describes unique mistakes in a gene called UBQLN2, which codes for a protein called ubiquilin 2, in five families with the inherited form…