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

A message from Professor Siddharthan Chandran

Professor Siddharthan Chandran

The Euan MacDonald Centre is growing! We now have 35 Principal Investigators at four Universities across Scotland, and through our collaborations we are continually improving our global "presence" and academic standing. Our investigators have published 116 research studies in the last five years that are directly relevant to MND or motor neuron biology. Huge gains have been made in the last few years in understanding the fundamental mechanisms of nerve degeneration.

We are reaching out to more people too, including people living with MND, their families and the public. Our MND Scotland research nurse aims to contact every person diagnosed with MND across Scotland to tell them about the National MND Register and research opportunities available to them. Almost 450 people with MND have signed up to the Register and 300 people have provided a blood sample for the DNA bank.

Finally, our community supporters have raised the incredible sum of £328,000 over the last five years. Every penny of this has been spent on research, including research equipment, studentships and bursaries for attendance at conferences. I would like to say a huge thank you to all our donors and supporters, who with their efforts bring us ever nearer to an understanding of MND and ways to improve the lives of people living with this condition.

June is MND Awareness Month

As part of activities for MND Awareness Month, our researchers have manned stands at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and Satrosphere Science Centre, Aberdeen. With fun and interactive exhibits, we have made hundreds of people more aware of MND and the research that we do. Read more...

Community Fundraising report January-June 2014

Q: What have drinking tea, singing, running, beard-shaving and answering quiz questions on TV got in common? A: They've all been used as fundraising events for the Euan MacDonald Centre! Read more...

Plant extract offers hope for infant motor neurone therapy

Euan MacDonald Centre Investigator Professor Tom Gillingwater has found that a plant pigment called quercetin could help to prevent the damage to nerves associated with the childhood form of MND. Read more...

35 Investigators...and counting!

Three new Principal Investigators have joined the Centre. Dr Tara Spires-Jones studies cognitive decline in neurodegenerative disease; Dr Xavier Donadeu has generated motor neurons from horse stem cells; and Dr Lyndsay Murray investigates motor neuron degeneration in spinal muscular atrophy.

 

Communication and collaboration

Our fifth annual postgraduate afternoon was a huge success. This is a great chance for the postgraduate students to gain experience presenting their data, and for the researchers to catch up with each other and swap ideas. Read more...

PhD studentships awarded

We are very excited to have been able to offer two outstanding candidates a PhD studentship to start in Sept 2014. Training the next generation of MND research leaders is a key goal of the Euan MacDonald Centre. Read more...

The MND Register: a valuable resource for care and research

The MND Scotland National MND Register plays a vital role in ensuring equity of care across Scotland and providing equal opportunities for people living with MND to participate in research or clinical trials. Read more...

Euan's Guide officially launched

Euan MacDonald Centre members attended the launch of Euan's Guide in March. The accessibility website for disabled people encourages users to post reviews of any venue, anywhere in the world. Read more...
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