This is an email communication from the Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research.

A message from the Director Professor Siddharthan Chandran

Professor Siddharthan Chandran
What an incredible six months it has been for the Euan MacDonald Centre and motor neurone disease charities across the world! The ice bucket challenge really lifted MND into the public consciousness and was a massive boost to fundraising. At the Euan MacDonald Centre we have been able to fund two highly promising pilot studies as a direct result of the challenge - one to image the loss of nerve connections in the brains of people with MND, and the other to test a new therapeutic in spinal muscular atrophy. We look forward to reporting the results of these studies to you next year.

At the Euan MacDonald Centre we are justifiably proud of the research achievements of our team of committed scientists across Scotland. We are proud of our partnerships too - with academic collaborators and other MND charities (most notably MND Scotland & the MND Association) and are delighted to have played a small role in the establishment of the Joost van der Westhuizen Centre for Neurodegeneration in South Africa. Closer to home we are supporting the incredible Gordon Aikman in his "Gordon's Fightback" campaign, and are gratified to watch the growing success of Euan's Guide, the website and app that features disabled access reviews written by disabled people and their friends and families. We encourage you all to submit reviews of places you visit over Christmas!

We would like wish all our supporters a wonderful festive season and a happy and successful 2015.

The legacy of the amazing ice bucket challenge!

There can't be many among you who escaped the reach of the ice bucket challenge that swept the world in August. We look back at the phenomenal success of the challenge and announce how the Euan MacDonald Centre is going to use the funds donated. Read more...

Community fundraising diary 2014

It's been a bumper year for fundraising, with several high-profile celebrity events and, of course, the ice bucket challenge. We continue to be inspired by and immensely grateful to everyone who supported the Centre in 2014 by organising or taking part in a fundraising event. Read more...

Latest news from the clinics and the labs

Our 35 Investigators across Scotland have published an array of research findings in the last six months, with new some exciting new insights into MND and the biology of motor neurons. Read more...

Fundraising Firewalk 2015

On 6th March 2015, at Teviot Row House in Edinburgh, the brave "soles" will walk twenty feet over embers burning at 1,200°F/ 650°C. Could you do a firewalk in aid of the Euan MacDonald Centre? Read more...

Dr Guy Bewick joins the team

Dr Guy Bewick from the University of Aberdeen is our newest Principal Investigator. Guy's lab investigates how appropriate nerve-muscle connections are made and maintained. Read more...

Just a Sports Quiz 2014

In a follow-up to 2013's highly successful "Joost a Sports Quiz", this fantastic event saw 250 Euan MacDonald Centre supporters and sports fans gather to battle it out and raise >£10K for the Centre! Read more...

Postgraduate training opportunities

Training the next generation of MND researchers is one of the key aims of the Euan MacDonald Centre. We are currently advertising a PhD studentship and an MSc by Research. The deadlines are in January - don't delay!

Euan MacDonald among the top 100 influential people

We are very proud that our founder and colleague Euan MacDonald was named in the Power 100 list of the top 100 influential disabled people in the UK. Read more....
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