MND is an umbrella term for conditions that all have a devastating effect on the motor neurones. This includes Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Progressive Muscular Atrophy (PMA), Progressive Bulbar Palsy (PBP) and Primary Lateral Sclerosis.
For these conditions, the motor nerve cells (neurones) in the brain and spinal cord undergo degeneration and die. With no ability to perform movement, muscles gradually weaken and waste, progressively affecting a person’s ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. There is no cure for MND and the cause of this sudden change in health is still being understood.
Public fundraising for MND research over the last few years has been an absolute game changer. Cohesive efforts from MND associations across the globe, catapulting off the success of campaigns such as the ice-bucket challenge has resulted in a surge in research and collaboration and new findings.
MND and Me Foundation’s mission – To Care and to Cure – is a driving force for the Foundation to provide funding to understand the causes, find effective treatments and discover cures for MND.
Access Economics has estimated that for every $1 invested in Australian health and medical research- this will generate an average return of >$2 in health benefits to the nation. Given the devastating prognosis for those with MND now, the reward could in fact be much greater.
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In 2018, the MND and Me Foundation increased its contribution to the MNDRIA grants to $200,000. This now includes the newly established Col Bambrick Memorial Grant, alongside the MND and Me Foundation Grant and the Fat Rabbit Research Grant. All three MND and Me Foundation/MNDRIA research grants are designed to drive innovative research that has a clear relationship to the causes, treatments or cures of MND.
We were super excited to announce that our 2018 grants were awarded as follows:
* The MND and Me Foundation Grant: Associate Prof Peter Noakes, University of Queensland – “Targeting the molecular basis of muscle weakness in MND” (Read the August Update HERE)
* Fat Rabbit Research Grant: Prof Pamela McCombe, University of Queensland – “Novel biomarkers for MND”
* The Col Bambrick Memorial Grant: Associate Prof Tony White, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute – “Generating patient-derived microglia to investigate neuroinflammation in MND” (Read the August Update HERE)
Congratulations to all of the 2018 grant recipients – your efforts are truly appreciated by many.
All of the researchers working on MND, are extremely grateful to the MND community, the MND and Me Foundation and other donors for the ongoing support of scientific studies.
They share a common aim to create a world without MND and maintaining support for their work will be key for future success.
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