Research – MND and Me Foundation


In 2018, we are proud to announce that funding of MND Research by the MND and Me Foundation has passed $1,000,000. This amazing total is made possible by the outstanding fundraising efforts of all of our supporters and donors both big and small.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.

The MND and Me Foundation is committed to funding high quality research by ensuring the research grants are won through a competitive process. Projects are rigorously assessed and ranked by the Motor Neuron Disease Research Institute Australia (MNDRIA) Committee. This funding then can support researchers obtaining larger grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council.In 2020 the following grants have been awarded by the MNDRIA:
  • The NTI MND Grant: Associate Professor Anthony White, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute – “Boosting microglia phagocytosis as a therapeutic approach to treat MND.” (July Update HERE
  • The Fat Rabbit Grant: Dr Frederik Steyn, University of Queensland – “Tipping the Scales on MND: Preclinical testing of a compound with multiple actions to slow disease progression in MND” (July Update HERE
  • The Col Bambrick Grant: Dr Richard Gordon, University of Queensland – “Targeting inflammasome-driven neuropathology and motor neuron death in MND using a clinically approved cancer drug” (July Update HERE)

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.

As well as these grants, the Scott Sullivan Research Fellow funding for Dr Shyuan Ngo will continue until March 2020 with a new fellow to be appointed later in 2020 following a recruitment process. You can read more on the Scott Sullivan Research Fellowship HERE

Our 2019 grants were awarded as follows:

  • The NTI MND Research Grant: Associate Professor Trent Woodruff, University of Queensland – “Manipulation of free fatty acid receptors to tame the immune response in MND.” (May Update HERE)
  • The Fat Rabbit Research Grant: Dr Sean Millard, University of Queensland – “Identifying molecular pathways affected by the sporadic ALS risk factor, GGNBP2.” (May Update HERE)
  • The Col Bambrick Memorial Grant: Dr John Lee, University of Queensland – “Investigating the beneficial effects of complement C3aR on immune cell glucose metabolism in MND.” (May Update HERE)


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 more 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 more HERE)

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.

Previous Research Updates

Dr Shyuan Ngo

Professor David Pow

The MND and Me Foundation has made donations to the following institutions: