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New insights into MND: 5 more genetic variants found

New insights into MND: 5 more genetic variants found

Reading Time: 5 minutes A recent study has assessed the extent to which genetics plays a role in the development of MND, in both familial and non-familial (sporadic) forms of the disease. This research has arisen as a result of an international collaboration of several research institutes, many of whom have been supported by the MND Association. The world-class…

Should routine genetic testing be considered for all cases of MND?

Should routine genetic testing be considered for all cases of MND?

Reading Time: 9 minutes A paper arising from research carried out at the University of Sheffield as part of the AMBRoSIA biobank, and in collaboration with the international Project MinE gene-hunting consortium, was recently published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. Researchers propose that a test for the most common MND genes could be offered to all…

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…