First MND-SMART trial centre opens

First participant Alan Gray with his wife and Clinic staff

March 2020: MND-SMART, the pioneering new MND clinical trial from the Euan MacDonald Centre has opened its first clinical trial centre in Edinburgh.

The first trial centre is at the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic, a charitable University of Edinburgh clinical research facility, and the first participants have begun to be enrolled.

UK trial centres

The MND-SMART trial team are working hard with teams across the UK to open the other 11 trial sites. The centres that will be opening are in Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cambridge, Dundee, East London, Glasgow, Inverness, Irvine, Newcastle, Salford and Southampton.

We will announce the opening of the other trial centres across England and Scotland in the coming months. These will be announced on our website, and through Euan MacDonald Centre Twitter and Facebook.

We expect to add more trial centres to the existing list of 12 very soon.

Registered interest

The launch of MND-SMART was announced on 15th January 2020. Since then over 1000 people with MND have registered their interest in taking part and additional research teams across the UK have expressed their interest in becoming an MND-SMART trial centre.

The trial team at the Euan MacDonald Centre are incredibly grateful to everyone who has registered their interest in joining the trial and to the professionals who are working hard to open centres across the UK.

When a new trial centre opens across the UK, the local trial team will contact people in their area who have signed up, to find out if they are still interested in taking part in MND-SMART. They will also provide them with additional information.

You can find further information on the trial, including how to register interest in joining MND-SMART, at

Picture: First trial participant Alan Gray with his wife Beverley alongside, Director of the MND-SMART Clinical Trial, Professor Siddharthan Chandran and MND Nurse Consultant, Judy Newton

This article was published on: Thursday, March 05, 2020