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MND Research Project Awards 2016

One of the key priorities of MND Scotland is the promotion of research into all aspects of Motor Neurone Disease (MND), and as such we wish to invite applications for our Research Project Awards. This scheme aims to stimulate and increase high quality research projects into MND. Grants will awarded for a limited duration up to a maximum of three years.  For projects lasting longer than one year, continuation funding… read more »

Blog post: MND Research in Scotland

  Last month our new Communications Officer, Gemma Bradley, took a trip through to the Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research, based in Edinburgh Gemma met up with Laura, an MND Scotland Research Nurse, who works alongside the doctors, nurses and health professionals across Scotland who specialise in MND. Through the Scottish Motor Neurone Disease Audit, Research and Trials (SMART) project, also funded by MND Scotland, the researchers… read more »

Poll shows “overwhelming” support for action on MND

  MND Scotland CEO Craig Stockton and MND patient and campaigner, Gordon Aikman, are today visiting the Euan MacDonald Centre – the Scottish hub for research into Motor Neurone Disease. The visit comes as an Ipsos Mori poll released today (Monday 2nd February), by, reveals that a huge majority of voters back the campaign’s calls for the UK Government to double research funding for MND and improve the way benefits are… read more »

New Stem Cell Research into MND

A joint research project, led by scientists from the University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh, has discovered new ways of studying what happens to motor neurons affected by MND. Scientists used stem cells derived from patient skin samples to help identify that loss of nerve signalling may be an early sign of MND. The project shows that even before the motor neurons show any signs of damage, if affected… read more »

Clinical Research Fellowship in Motor Neurone Disease

The Chief Scientist Office is pleased to announce that its call for a Clinical Research Fellowship in Motor Neurone Disease is now open for applications. This initiative, which is being funded in equal measure by  MND Scotland, CSO, and the MND Association is designed to increase research capacity in Motor Neurone Disease in Scotland. The fellowship is for 3 years and will cover the salary cost of the fellow, PhD… read more »

Australian researchers discover possible MND cause and treatment

Toxin, β-N-methylamino-l-alanine (BMAA) and neuro-cell death Proteins come in many shapes and forms but the one thing they all have in common is that they are all built from smaller building blocks called amino acids.  Although there are innumerable amino acids possible in chemistry, humans only use about 20 to make all of our proteins.    Proteins are essential to life and take part in virtually every process within cells.… read more »

Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research: Dr Jo Ferrie

An evaluation of care pathways available to adults with, and the families or carers of, adults with Motor Neurone Disease in Scotland   Executive Summary by Dr Jo Ferrie Much of the previous research into MND has been preoccupied with a focus on medical issues and the medical management of the condition including eating, home ventilation and other issues around the use of services. The voices of those with MND… read more »

Government announcing support for research into conditions such as MND

An annual prize to honour the world-renowned Edinburgh University scientist who has given his name to the Higgs boson is to be announced by the First Minister, launching a week showcasing Scottish science. The annual Higgs Prize will be open to Scottish school students who excel in physics. It will be formally launched by the First Minister and Professor Peter Higgs at a reception at the First Minister’s official residence… read more »

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