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18 June 2024

King's Motor Neurone Disease Care and Research Centre Hosts Delegation from Perron Institute and Western Australian Government

The esteemed guests included Steve Arnott, CEO of Perron Institute, and John Langoulant, Agent General for Western Australia.

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On 13 June 2024, King’s MND Care and Research Centre proudly welcomed a distinguished delegation from the Perron Institute and the Western Australian Government. 

This visit marked a significant milestone in the ongoing collaboration between King’s College London, King's College Hospital, and the Perron Institute. The King’s MND Care and Research Centre delegation comprised Professor Ammar Al-Chalabi, Dr Ahmad Al Khleifat, and Dr Alfredo Iacoangeli. They were joined by representatives from the Perron Institute and the Australian Government: Steve Arnott, John Langoulant, Tom Lamond, Julian Arbuckle, and Dr Frankie Theunissen.

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The primary focus of the meeting was to highlight and strengthen the existing collaboration between our institutions. The partnership currently has a joint studentship in Motor Neurone Disease. Discussions centred on current activities and future plans for the student exchange program, aiming to further educational and research opportunities.

‘This visit exemplifies the shared commitment of KCL and the Perron Institute to advancing research and education in the field of Motor Neurone Disease. The ongoing partnership continues to pave the way for innovative approaches and solutions, ultimately contributing to the betterment of global health’.

Ammar Al-Chalabi, Professor of Neurology and Complex Disease Genetics, Co-Director of the UK MND Research Institute

Reader in Bioinformatics Dr Alfredo Iacoangeli commented, "The partnership with the Perron Institute allows us to leverage big data and bioinformatics to uncover new insights into MND, driving forward our research with unprecedented precision and scale.

Senior Research Fellow Dr Ahmad Al Khleifat added, "Our collaboration with the Perron Institute is crucial in leveraging genomics and biomarkers to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of clinical trials. This partnership has the potential to accelerate the discovery of new treatments for MND."

A notable aspect of the visit was the emphasis on the strategic partnership between King’s College London and the Perron Institute. The presence of John Langoulant, whose office plays a crucial role in fostering relationships between organizations in the UK and Western Australia, underscored the importance of this collaboration. With his support, the partnership aspires to expedite the translation of their drug development efforts into clinical applications, benefiting patients globally.

The strong mutual respect and close working partnership between King's College London and the Perron Institute which I observed on this visit was a pleasure to witness. The King's team is truly world-leading in its research on treatments for Motor Neurone Disease. The Perron Institute’s participation in this research underlines the strength of Western Australia’s medical research capability.”

John Langoulant AO, Agent General, Government of Western Australia European Office

Our collaboration with King's will inevitably help improve the understanding and advance the field of MND research through the combined strength of both of our research teams. We look forward to working closely with our colleagues at King's in this important partnership."

Steve Arnott, CEO, Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science


For more information, please contact Annora Thoeng (Communications Manager - School of Neuroscience)

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Ammar Al-Chalabi

Professor of Neurology and Complex Disease Genetics

Alfredo Iacoangeli

Reader in Bioinformatics