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GLT8D1: new gene identifies novel disease mechanism

GLT8D1: new gene identifies novel disease mechanism

Reading Time: 3 minutes MND Association-supported clinical fellow Dr Johnathan Cooper-Knock, and a PhD student Tobias Moll, report mutations in a new MND gene which has uncovered a previously unknown disease mechanism. The new MND causing gene holds instructions for a class of proteins, called glycosyltransferase (GLT8D1), which has not previously been associated with neurodegeneration. During the experiments, published…

Working together towards a world free from MND

Reading Time: 4 minutes During MND Awareness Month we are highlighting some of the research the MND Association funds in our ‘Project a Day’ series. Today, on global ALS/MND awareness day, we wanted to give you a look at the research into motor neurone disease taking place elsewhere. Thousands of researchers across the globe are working towards a world…

30 chapters of MND research

Reading Time: 2 minutes During MND Awareness Month (1-30 June), we will be publishing a new post each day. Our ‘Project a Day’ series will celebrate the whole range of areas in which the MND Association funds research. Thanks to the generous donations of our supporters, we currently fund over 80 research projects, across five themes: Causes: These projects aim…

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…

Project-MinE

Reading Time: 2 minutes Barbara Thuss is project co-ordinator for Project MinE, an international initiative with the aim of sequencing at least 15,000 MND genomes. We announced earlier today that the MND Association is funding the UK-arm of this initiative, known as the Whole Genome Sequencing project. Here Barbara explains more about Project-MinE. Although the precise cause of MND is still…

The UK Whole Genome Sequencing project

Reading Time: 4 minutes Dr Samantha Price is the Research Information Co-ordinator at the MND Association. As well as organising the ‘blog a day’ during MND Awareness Month she also communicates the latest news about MND research. Here she blogs about the MND Association’s announcement of the UK Whole Genome Sequencing project. It’s been a brilliant Awareness Month with…