2015 · Clinical · Healthcare · Insights

The wait for ProGas is over… at least for now.


Friday saw the highly anticipated publication of results from the ProGas study, which was part-funded by the MND Association. I manage the publication of evidence-based information resources for health and social care professionals at the MND Association. I can’t recall a time when I’ve felt so much pressure to delay publishing a resource due to emerging findings.…… Continue reading The wait for ProGas is over… at least for now.

2015 · Clinical · Healthcare · Insights

ENCALS 2015 Meeting, 21 – 23 May, Dublin: Highlights and insights of cognition session


This year Dublin was not only home to the annual ENCALS meeting 2015, but also to a referendum on gay marriage. One week after the meeting the buzz of the sessions is still with me.  This was an excellent event and the varied scientific sessions and posters helped to build my knowledge and understanding of…… Continue reading ENCALS 2015 Meeting, 21 – 23 May, Dublin: Highlights and insights of cognition session

2015 · Clinical · Healthcare · Insights · Scientific

C9orf72 and novel therapeutics: report from ENCALS Friday 22nd May 2015 – Oral Session 3


Leonard Petruccelli commenced the session discussing mechanisms of toxicity and therapeutic approaches for C9FTD/ALS, beginning by highlighting the enormous advancement in the understanding of the genetics and neuropathology of FTD and ALS since 2006. The three proposed mechanism of C9orf72 mutations were presented; 1) a gain of toxicity as a result of RNA foci in…… Continue reading C9orf72 and novel therapeutics: report from ENCALS Friday 22nd May 2015 – Oral Session 3

2015 · Clinical · Healthcare · Insights

ENCALS 2015 Meeting- Pioneering the Cognitive session


The biggest ALS European meeting was held this year in Dublin, Ireland. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the venue (i.e. country and city) had to be changed last minute from Milan, Italy. Nevertheless, Dublin as a city was riveting and impressive, which was further augmented by the electric atmosphere created by the same-sex marriage referendum that…… Continue reading ENCALS 2015 Meeting- Pioneering the Cognitive session

2015 · Healthcare · Insights · Scientific

Could funding from the EPSRC help your MND research?


Yesterday I attended the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research (EPSRC) Council’s Town Hall meeting about their Healthcare Technologies ‘Grand Challenges’. These ‘Grand Challenges’ form part of their recently-announced new strategy for their Healthcare Technologies theme. The aim of the meeting was to outline the new strategy and to raise awareness of some new opportunities to begin to…… Continue reading Could funding from the EPSRC help your MND research?