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 the NEK1 gene plays in the development of MND, it will provide scientists with an important new target for developing new treatments. This news shows that continuing to fund vital research is the only way to take us a step closer to finding a cure.
Through further investment in research and discoveries such as this one, we will find a cure for MND.”
“The Ice Bucket Challenge raised an incredible amount of money – nearly half a million pounds in Scotland – £300,000 of which was spent on cutting edge research taking place in Scotland and the remainder on supporting those with the illness now.
“The ongoing legacy of the Ice Bucket Challenge, however, is the incredible awareness it raised. More people are continuing to donate and fundraise for us, with many stating they had never heard of MND before the Ice Bucket Challenge and are donating having learned about it. Because of this, we have been able to expand the range of services we provide to everyone in Scotland who is affected by MND, and invest more than ever in research, including a further £450,000 investment into research taking place in Scotland, launched last month.
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Craig Stockton, MND Scotland's CEO