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Virtual Symposium: Through the eyes of an early career MND researcher

Virtual Symposium: Through the eyes of an early career MND researcher

Reading Time: 4 minutes This blog is part of the ‘Virtual Highlights’ collection of articles, where you can read about the content of some of the talks and posters presented at the Virtual 31st International Symposium on ALS/MND. Guest researcher blog post written by Nora Markus, 2019 Symposium Biomedical Poster Prize winner. About me My name is Nora Markus,…

Can zebrafish help us to learn more about MND?

Reading Time: 2 minutes A team at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience are creating a zebrafish model to study the C9orf72 gene mutation in MND, and work out its role in the brain and spinal cord (our reference 864-792). Zebrafish are a good way of modelling what happens in human MND. We know that many of the genes…

Developing models to test new treatments for MND

Reading Time: 2 minutes Developing disease models is important for furthering our understanding of MND and allows researchers to screen potential new drugs for a beneficial effect. Moving a promising ‘nearly drug’ from the lab to being tested in people is known as ‘translational research’. Dr Richard Mead was awarded the Kenneth Snowman/MND Association Lectureship in Translational Neuroscience in…

Understanding more about how the cell’s batteries are affected in MND

Reading Time: < 1 minute PhD student Emma Smith has recently started the second year of her MND Association-funded research project at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SiTRAN) in Sheffield (our project reference: 870-792). With her supervisors Dr Kurt De Vos and Dr Andrew Grierson she is investigating the role of mitochondria in C9orf72-related MND. Mitochondria are the cell’s…

Respiratory support: the big debate on Symposium day 2

Reading Time: 5 minutes Different ways to support breathing were the main focus of the second clinical session on day two of the Symposium. Researchers from two MND Association funded studies presented their work looking at diaphragm pacing and also the withdrawal of ventilation support. Diaphragm pacing The NeuRx diaphragm pacing system (DPS) is a device developed to aid…