2016 International Symposium - Dublin · Healthcare · Insights

Quality of life and MND – insights from the Symposium


As an occupational therapist, I am interested in how people continue to find meaning, purpose and achieve quality of life in the face of continued loss of function and disability. With this in mind, I was struck by two presentations at the Symposium. First off a bit of background to set the scene. When writing…… Continue reading Quality of life and MND – insights from the Symposium

2016 International Symposium - Dublin · Healthcare · Insights

Highlights from the final of ALS/MND Assistive Technology Challenge


Alongside the International Symposium on ALS/MND, Karen Pearce’s trip to Dublin in December included attending a number of other, MND-related meetings. The first meeting she attended was the final stage of the Prize4Life Assistive Technology Challenge, sponsored by the ALS Association. The aim of the Challenge was to generate the development of flexible, accessible technology to…… Continue reading Highlights from the final of ALS/MND Assistive Technology Challenge

2015 · 2015 International Symposium - Orlando · biomedical · Scientific

Theme 13: In vivo Experimental Models


When you think of Orlando you think vacations, theme parks and sunshine. However, for one weekend in December, ALS/MND researchers from around the globe gathered in America’s sunshine state for the 26th International Symposium on ALS/MND. This was the first Symposium I have attended during my PhD and I was excited to finally present all the research that the…… Continue reading Theme 13: In vivo Experimental Models

2014 · 2014 International Symposium - Brussels · Scientific

Session 4A Autophagy


Growing evidence suggests dysregulated autophagy contributes toward several neurodegenerative diseases, including ALS and FTD. In the session 7A – genetics and genomics, Professor John Hardy from University College London highlighted that many ALS causing mutations occur in genes that regulate autophagy. In addition, accumulation of misfolded protein in motor neurons is a pathological hallmark of…… Continue reading Session 4A Autophagy