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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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