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Call for MND Research Projects 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 be awarded for a limited duration up to a maximum of three years.  For projects lasting longer than one year, continuation… read more »

Scottish MND Register Gets Online

We are delighted to announce that we are now able to offer online registrations to the Scottish MND Register. The register, which is funded by MND Scotland, was set up to collect and store statistical information about MND patients in Scotland. This information can then be used to audit against MND care standards and compare geographical areas. The register also allows people to express an interest in taking part in… read more »

New Discovery in MND Research

It has been announced that a new row of gene contributing to MND has been discovered. More on the BBC. New Discovery Craig Stockton, CEO of MND Scotland, said on the news, “We are thrilled by the announcement of this new gene discovery. The discovery of this new gene helps to fill in another piece of the jigsaw that is MND. Whilst further research is needed to understand what part… read more »

Study halts progression of ALS in mice

A recent study has shown that researchers have stopped the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in one type of mouse model, for nearly two years. “We are shocked at how well this treatment can stop the progression of ALS,” said Joseph Beckman, a professor of biochemistry and biophysics in the College of Science at Oregon State University (OSU). To read more about the findings please click here.

26th International Symposium on ALS/MND

  From 11th – 13th December 2015, the 26th International Symposium on ALS/MND took place in Orlando, Florida. The symposium is the largest medical and scientific conference on ALS/MND, attracting 800 delegates from around the world. The symposium was attended by our Chief Executive, Craig Stockton and our Head of Direct Services, Bob Bestow. Here, Craig provides a summary. Day 1 At the opening of the 26th International Symposium of… read more »

Ask the Experts – Panel Discussion

If you’d like to know more about the latest ALS research, but can’t attend the International ALS Symposium in Orlando (and most of us can’t), you might like to watch the ‘live streamed’ ‘Ask the Experts – Panel Discussion’ from the comfort of your own home. The experts include Dr Lucie Bruijn, Dr Richard Bedlack, Dr Michael Bennatar and Professor Ammar Al-Chalab. It will run between 19.00 and 21.00 hours GMT or 2.00 – 4.00… 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 »

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