Meet the bloggers

Here’s a list of some of our current ReCCoB reporters, writing about the latest MND research news and views. If you’d like to be a ReCCoB reporter email research@mndassociation.org.

  • Dr Johnathan Cooper-Knock lowresjakub
  • Medical Research Council/ MND Association Clinical Research Fellow investigating the genetics of C9orf72, using samples from the UK MND DNA Bank – Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) University of Sheffield, UK
  • Dr Jakub Scaber
  • Medical Research Council/ MND Association Clinical Research Fellow using induced pluripotent stem cells to further understanding of C9orf72 in MND, as well Justin Yerbury2as investigating gene therapy as a potential therapeutic option for MND at the University of Oxford, UK
  • Dr Justin Yerbury
  • ARC DECRA Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow based at the University of Wollongong interested in protein misfolding, aggregation in MND and neurodegenerative disease
  • Dr Janine Kirby
  • Senior Lecturer in Neurogenetics, interested in the genetics of MND. She is also a member of the MND Association”s Biomedical Research Advisory Panel, helping decide on future research funding priorities. Based at SITraN, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Dr Tamlyn Watermeyer
  • MND Association part-funded PhD student who recently passed her viva in February 2014 on her psychosocial factors in MND research at King’s College London, UK
  • Dr Rachael Dunlop
  • Postdoctoral Fellow investigating BMAA and its link with MND at the School of Medical and Molecular Biosciences at University of Technology, Australia. In 2013 her published research highlighted that BMAA is toxic to neuron-like cells
  • Miss Helena Chaytow
  • MND Association-funded PhD student developing small strands of DNA, known as ‘antisense oligonucleotides’ to result in more properly formed AMPARs and making the motor neurones more resistant to damage, based at the Royal Holloway, UKJanine Kirby
  • Mr Daniel Solomon
  • MND Association-funded PhD student investigating C9orf72 and TDP-43 proteins in fruitflies at King’s College London, UK. His PhD aims to develop a fruitfly model to study these protein deposits and how they lead to MND
  • Dr Emma Devenney
  • MND Association and Neuroscience Research Australia funded PhD student investigating the Cerebellum in MND and Frontotemporal Dementia at Neuroscience Research Australia. She is finding out what role it plays in the symptomology of patients with the C9orf72 mutation.
  • Mr Matthew Gabel
  • MND Association-funded PhD student using clinical and imaging to define disease progression in MND at the University of Sussex, UK. His PhD will use MRI scans that have already been obtained from many studies at King’s College London over the past 16 years.  This project aims to develop a new and objective method to ‘stage’ disease progression and to detect brain abnormalities early in the disease.
  • Ms Nina Squires, Katherine Matthews and Carol Gent
  • Nina, Katherine and Carol work in the Nottingham MND Care Centre based at Nottingham University Hospital, UK. Nina is a speech and language therapist, Katherine is a dietician and Carol is an MND specialist nurse. Together they give a multidisciplinary healthcare professional approach to ReCCoB.