2010 IoN News Archive
- Professor Alan Thompson elected as Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology
- Michael J. Fox Foundation awards IoN researcher grant to advance Parkinson's research.
- Traces of the past: computer algorithm ‘reads’ memories
- Professor Lees awarded first Lord Brain Memorial Lecture
- Award for Professor Chris Frith
- Professor John Duncan appointed as NIHR Senior Investigator
- Queen Square Symposium success
- IoN brings the scientific method to London primary schools
- Robot trainer to benefit stroke patients
- Researchers to study how the brain 'rewires itself'
- St Peter's Medal for Professor Clare Fowler
- Elections to the Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowships announced
- New website to help stroke survivors learn to read again
- Queen's Birthday Honours
- Brain study reveals that agreement is rewarding
- Wellcome Success
- Win for IoN at Shape of Science Symposium
- Research shows that two heads are better than one
- Lizard venom offers hope for Parkinson’s disease patients
- Epilepsy prizes
- Developing a cell library resource for dementia research
- Stents may double the risk of stroke in patients over 70
- Scientists identify link between introspection and brain structure
- IoN scientist lands £329k funding boost from dementia research charity.
- Study results consistent with earlier estimates of vCJD prion prevalence in Britain
- Parkinson's UK Fellowship Award
- Award for Professor Lees
- 2010-11 IoN PhD Studentship Round Now Open
- New brain imaging tests to track Huntington’s
- World-leading scientist secures funding for gene research
- Fighter pilots' brains are ‘more sensitive
- Alzheimer’s changes detectable in healthy elderly
- IoN Student wins Santander Formula One Scholarship
- New hope for cluster headache sufferers
- Prestigious European research grant awarded
- New centre brings hope to patients with muscle wasting diseases
- Prestigious stroke program grant awarded
- A role for astrocytes in learning and memory?
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New centre brings hope to patients with muscle wasting diseases
5 January 2010
The official opening, which took place in December, of one of Europe’s first comprehensive clinical and research centres into adult muscle wasting neuromuscular diseases will bring hope to thousands of patients with disabling and life threatening conditions.
The new MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) and the UCL Institute of Neurology will combine excellent patient care with cutting edge scientific research to develop new treatments for patients.
More than 5000 adult patients with muscle wasting conditions such as muscular dystrophy, motor neuron disease and peripheral nerve damage are assessed and treated at the specialist neurological hospital each year. The NHNN is part of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
For the first time, clinical and research experts from across University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, University College London and beyond will be united at a single unit at Queen Square.
Although there have been many important genetic and molecular discoveries in these diseases, there are still very few effective treatments to benefit patients.
Professor Michael Hanna, Director of the MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases and consultant neurologist said: “It will provide an exciting opportunity to translate basic scientific research into clinical trials involving patients.
“Our ultimate aim is to develop new treatments to help patients with disabling muscle wasting diseases such as muscular dystrophy and motor neurone disease. We will also actively recruit and train the next generation of neuromuscular scientists and clinicians to continue to make progress in the future.”
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