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News

Find out about what's been happening at the Centre. 

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New review of MND mitochondria research published

Aug 2019: First review of MND laboratory research on interventions targeting mitochondria suggests positive effect on survival.

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Golfers have a ball raising funds MND research

July 2019: The recent golf tournament 'The Ballater Charitable Chiels Charity Texas Scramble' was a great success.

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A day in the life of Euan MacDonald Centre PhD student Rachel Kline

Jun 2019: Our PhD student Rachel Kline describes a typical day in the lab, with the highs and lows of researching MND in fruit flies.

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£55,000 fundraised in memory of Robert

Jun 2019: Friends and family of Robert Ferguson Paulley have generously fundraised for the Euan MacDonald Centre to find new treatments and a cure for MND. 

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Welcome to new Principal Investigator Dr Chris Henstridge

Jun 2019: Congratulations to Dr Chris Henstridge, who has taken up a Lectureship position at the University of Dundee and become a Principal Investigator of the Euan MacDonald Centre.

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Our 10th Centre Postgraduate Afternoon

Jun 2019: Last week we held our annual Euan MacDonald Centre Postgraduate Afternoon, when our doctors and scientists get together to discuss the work of our early-career researchers. We also presented the Hampton Awards, for people who go 'above and beyond'.

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Experiences of the ENCALS 2019 MND conference

Jun 2019: The Euan MacDonald Centre recently funded three researchers from Edinburgh to attend the 'European Network to Cure ALS' (ENCALS) meeting. This annual conference attracts MND researchers from across Europe and beyond, and is an excellent opportunity to network with other researchers and showcase our work.

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Centre member wins British neurology prize

May 2019: We’re delighted that Dr Arpan Mehta, has won the Charles Symonds Prize for best poster presentation at the Association of British Neurologists 2019 Annual Meeting.

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Edinburgh Marathon Festival Fundraisers

May 2019: Almost 30 people took part in this weekend's running festival to raise awareness and funds for the Euan MacDonald Centre.

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New research: a map of molecular brain changes during ageing

May 2019: Our researchers have generated a 'map' of how protein molecules change in the brain during normal ageing, which can be used as a benchmark to investigate neurodegeneration.

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Arbikie distillery announces ongoing support for MND

April 2019: £1 per bottle for all sales of Arbikie Distillery's AK’s Gin will go to support MND research and support.

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University students raise almost £3000 for MND research

Apr 2019: Eleri Connick, President of Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA), presented a cheque to the Centre from their fundraising for MND research.

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Edinburgh Science Festival MND Event

Apr 2019: We were delighted to be part of the Edinburgh Science Festival at an event hosted by MND Scotland. 

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Research open evening success

Apr 2019: Our recent Open Evening on the 10th April was a great success with around 60 people joining us on the night. 

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New research: Gastrostomy has become safer for people with MND

Apr 2019: Analysis of the data from the CARE-MND platform has shown that gastrostomy is safer for people with MND than it was 30 years ago.

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New MND incidence and prevalence study published

Mar 2019: The study used data from the CARE-MND platform to investigate how common MND is in Scotland. 

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My Name'5 Doddie Foundation donates to MND Research

Mar 2019: Euan MacDonald Centre researcher Professor Tom Gillingwater is among those whose work will receive a donation from the charity.

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Perspectives on the International MND Symposium

Feb 2019: We asked our researchers to reflect on what they gained by attending the International Symposium on MND.

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New MND funding awarded to Clinical Fellow

Feb 2019: Dr Liz Elliott has been awarded new funding to study genetic patterns in MND.  

Fantastic Fundraisers

Dec 2018: We are extremely grateful to all the fantastic fundraisers who supported the Euan MacDonald Centre in 2018 and raised the amazing total of £130,000!

PhD student publication success

Dec 2018: Many congratulations to our Centre-funded students Hannah Shorrock and Chris Crockford, who can now add 'Dr' to their name!

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A step towards understanding spinal cord repair

Dec 2018: Our researchers have identified that immune system cells are important in spinal cord repair in zebrafish.

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New research insights in spinal muscular atrophy

Oct 2018: Recent research by a team of Euan MacDonald Centre investigators provides new insights into spinal muscular atrophy, the childhood-onset motor neurone disease.

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Rugby star pledges new funds for drug screening research

Oct 2018: The My Name'5 Doddie Foundation has pledged £250K to the Euan MacDonald Centre for a drug screening programme.

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MND affects thinking in up to 80 per cent of patients

Sep 2018: Our latest research suggests that four out of five people with MND are likely to experience changes in their brain function, as well as impaired movement.

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As a matter of fat: Potential links between lipid droplets and MND

Jul 2018: Centre researcher Dr Giuseppa Pennetta has co-authored an essay presenting evidence that droplets of fat might have a beneficial effect in cells affected by MND.

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Summer e-newsletter published

June 2018: Our Summer 2018 e-newsletter is now available.  

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Speak:Unique on the road: a Scottish island-hopping adventure!

June 2018: The Speak:Unique team has been on the road, recording voices in the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland.

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Welcome to our new website!

June 2018: We’re excited to launch our new website.

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Postgraduate Afternoon 2018

May 2018: Seventy MND researchers from across Scotland gathered to discuss the latest science and research ideas.

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Funding for research posts to search for MND treatments

Apr 2018: We announce funding for two new postdoctoral laboratory scientists who will work on screening for new drug leads for MND.

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Research Open Evening: 12th April

Mar 2017:Meet researchers at our drop-in open evening hosted by the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic.

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Synapse loss may underlie brain changes in MND 

Dec 2017: New research findings give insight into the pathways that underlie changes in thinking and behaviour in MND.

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Stem cell research reveals differences in cells from people with MND

Feb 2018: Euan MacDonald Centre researchers have published exciting new findings based on their research on stem cells.

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Winter 2017 e-newsletter now available

Dec 2017: The latest edition of our e-newsletter is now available.

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Thank you to our wonderful fundraisers of 2017!

Dec 2017: Sincere thanks to our wonderful fundraisers, who raised a huge amount for us in 2017.

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Donald MacDonald CBE awarded honorary degree

Dec 2017: Our Centre's co-founder Donald MacDonald was awarded Doctor honoris causa by the University of Edinburgh.

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Congratulations Hannah Shorrock – our newest PhD

Dec 2017: Congratulations to Dr Hannah Shorrock, a Euan MacDonald-Centre funded postgraduate student, who has been awarded her PhD.

VIPs at Just a Sports Quiz 2017

Two amazing 2017 fundraising events with our founders & rugby friends

Dec 2017: A huge thank you to everyone who attended and/or donated to Just a Sports Quiz 2017 and the Arbikie Highland Estate Field of Dreams.

Sharon Abrahams delivering a masterclass to a room full of health professionals.

ECAS on the road: training MND healthcare professionals

Dec 2017: Professor Sharon Abrahams and Faith Hodgins are delivering training on the ‘Edinburgh Cognitive and Behavioural ALS Screen’ (ECAS) .

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New insights into how motor neurons live and die in MND

Dec 2017: Euan MacDonald Centre scientists have published new studies that provide insights into the molecules and chemical pathways involved in neuron degeneration.

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