After years of dedicated and painstaking work, a research team co-funded by the MND Association has identified a gene named C9orf72 that appears to cause nearly 40% of cases of the inherited form of MND.
The impact of this discovery will be felt across the entire MND research community, as it sheds new light on both the non-inherited and the inherited forms of MND.
In labs around the UK and the world, researchers are now drawing up proposals for studies inspired by the C9orf72 discovery.
We urgently need your help to build on this major discovery that promises to significantly advance our understanding of MND.
‘Although this work is the end of our long hunt for this gene, it is the beginning of our search for therapies based on this discovery that can stop this brutal disease in its tracks.’
Dr Huw Morris, one of the geneticists responsible for the C9orf72 discovery.
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