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ALS/motor neuron disease

 

 

People with motor neuron disease (MND), also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), develop progressive weakness of speaking, swallowing, limbs and eventually breathing.

One in every 300 people will develop ALS/MND, typically in their 50s or 60s. It is a devastating diagnosis with an average life expectancy of just three years.

Working closely with our patients, our prize-winning, world-leading research programme aims to understand the causes of ALS/MND, dissect out the differences between clinical presentations, and use this information to develop new treatments.

Our key questions:

  • Which genes are involved in ALS/MND?
  • How do these genes change nervous system structure and function?
  • What influences disease progression?
  • What is the effect of factors such as genes or environment on disease progression?
  • Can changes in the way a patient thinks or copes affect outcomes?

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