Queen Square Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases


Fundraising and Donations

Donate to The National Brain Appeal 

The National Brain Appeal raises funds for The National Hospital and the Institute of Neurology.


The National Brain Appeal’s vision is to transform the lives of the millions of people affected by brain and neurological disorders. They do this by driving world class innovation at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and the UCL Institute of Neurology – jointly know as Queen Square.

 The charity was set up in 1984, and in that time has provided nearly £48million for innovative charitable projects at Queen Square including £1.4million towards the creation of the UK’s first comprehensive Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases.

Since then, The National Brain Appeal has worked with Professor Michael Hanna and his team to continue to raise funds to support the Centre's research programmes and to help train the next generation of scientists, nurses, physiotherapists and junior doctors. This includes funding:

  • Dedicated PhD projects for young doctors and scientists that have resulted in more accurate genetic diagnosis and improved treatments for some neuromuscular diseases.

  • Our physiotherapy team to undertake a research programme to understand the benefit of exercise for patients with neuromuscular diseases.

  • The first year's appointment of a clinical trials co-ordinator

  • Supported the induction programme for the International Centre for Genomic Medicine in Neuromuscular Diseases (ICGNMD) as well as the appointment of a dedicated research manager for the programme

How you can help

CNMD 10k Team

On 2 May 2022, Professor Mike Hanna led the CNMD Team in running The Vitality London 10,000 race.

This was our twelfth consecutive year participating in the event, and we aim to raise £10,000 in aid of The National Brain Appeal to support training at The Queen Square Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases.

Since we first set ourselves this annual challenge, we're delighted that our supporters have helped to raise over £140,000 for the Centre.

We do hope you will be able to support us: any donation, no matter how small, will be gratefully received and will help make a very real difference.

Thanks to the generous support of individuals, grant-making trusts and companies, the research projects and improvements in treatment at the CNMD have been made possible. It's no exaggeration to say that without this incredible support, many advances simply would not have happened.

For further information about The National Brain Appeal and its work please visit our website or call the office on 0203 448 4724.

The National Brain Appeal

Registered Charity No. 290173