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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…

Correcting the early damage seen in MND

Reading Time: 2 minutes Previous research in humans and zebrafish has shown that before symptoms arise in MND, early changes occur in the interneurones. This type of nerve cell provide a link between the upper and lower motor neurones in the brain and spinal cord. The job of one type of interneurone (called inhibitory interneurones) is to apply the…

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…

Heading in the right direction: Sheffield Support Snood update

Reading Time: 3 minutes Update (February 2017): All sites are now closed and not recruiting for participants. If you would like to be added to a waiting list for the Sheffield Support Snood, please contact Lise Sproson. We are funding, together with the NIHR i4i (National Institute for Heath Research invention for innovation) programme, a research team in Sheffield who have developed a new type…