Latest Motor Neurone Disease Association Stories

2014-02-04 12:27:49

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The ALS Association is pleased to announce the awarding of five new grants to investigate the causes and treatment of ALS. The ALS Association identified the focus of each of these grants as areas with high potential for progress. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131211/MM32178LOGO) ALS, which is also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the...

2012-03-27 09:03:06

A breakthrough using cutting-edge stem cell research could speed up the discovery of new treatments for motor neurone disease A breakthrough using cutting-edge stem cell research could speed up the discovery of new treatments for motor neurone disease (MND). The international research team has created motor neurones using skin cells from a patient with an inherited form of MND. The study discovered that abnormalities of a protein called TDP-43, implicated in more than 90 per cent of...

2011-09-21 19:41:12

Families help identify new gene for incurable disease Families suffering from a history of motor neuron disease have helped an international scientific team locate a new gene linked to the incurable disease. The investigators studied a large group of Finnish patients and a family from Gwent, South Wales who have lost many relatives to early onset motor neuron disease (MND) and the neurodegenerative disease fronto-temporal dementia, also known as Pick's disease. The team, including...

2010-11-04 18:12:08

A study funded by the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association, in collaboration with the Medical Research Council  (MRC), has identified a common signature of nerve damage in the brains of MND patients. The study's exciting findings were published today (2 November 2010) in the prestigious journal Neurology. These are the first results to be published from the ongoing Oxford Study for Biomarkers in MND/ALS (BioMOx). First steps to developing a test for MND MND research is being held back...

2010-04-06 07:00:59

Genetic mutation associated with motor neurone disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Researchers have discovered a fifth genetic mutation associated with typical motor neurone disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, that has a similar pathological effect to certain genetic mutations revealed in earlier studies. Ultimately, the researchers hope that understanding what is causing motor neurone disease (MND) will lead to new avenues for treatment. MND is a progressive neurodegenerative...

2008-11-18 14:58:38

Scientists say the identification of a specific molecule could be key to understanding the cause of motor neuron disease (MND) and other neurodegenerative disorders. The study of the molecule, Wnt3, raises the hope of new treatments being developed. The London-based researchers said the molecule plays a key role in establishing connections between nerve cells and the muscles they control and that these connections become progressively weaker in MND patients. Without properly-formed...

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