UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


Inaugural UCL QS Motor Neuron Disease Symposium & launch of the UCL QS Motor Neuron Disease Centre

25 September 2019

The Inaugural UCL Queen Square Motor Neuron Disease Symposium was held on September 6th 2019, launching the opening of the new UCL Queen Square Motor Neuron Disease Centre.

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The Symposium was heavily oversubscribed, with over 200 attendees, including representatives from major charities (including the MND Association), the MRC, Journal Editors, the MHRA, as well as several Industrial companies, many of which generously sponsored the event. Attendees came from across the UK, as well Europe (Italy, Denmark, Netherlands) and the USA.

Professor Paul Taylor

The Plenary Lecture was given by Professor J Paul Taylor, the Edward F Barry Endowed Chair of Cell and Molecular Biology at ST Jude Children's Hospital, Memphis USA.  "Bridging biophysics and neurology: aberrant phase transitions and neurodegenerative disease"

An additional 17 UCL speakers presented outstanding talks.

Please see Symposium programme for further details.

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plenary lecture
plenary lecture

The Symposium also marks the official opening of the new UCL QS Motor Neuron Disease Centre, which brings together brings together world-leading research groups spanning the spectrum of basic discovery science, translational and experimental medicine and clinical research. The overarching aim of the Centre is to be a leading international centre for MND, engaging with national and international partners and the UK’s leading centre for multidisciplinary training of basic and clinical scientists in MND.

“The Inaugural Symposium was a great success and provided a fantastic opportunity to showcase the research and clinical aspects of motor neuron disease expertise currently being studied across UCL/National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, including clinical trials and novel disease models” Linda Greensmith, Scientific Director, UCL Queen Square Motor Neuron Disease Centre

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Symposium Speakers, Chairs and Organisers