Fight against MND gets big kick along

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

AUSSIE re­searchers are lead­ing the way in the global fight to find a cure for mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease.

Florey In­sti­tute As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor Bradley Turner says the fund­ing ini­tia­tives led by footy leg­end Neale Dani­her have trans­formed the Aus­tralian MND re­search land­scape and helped un­lock greater op­por­tu­ni­ties for sci­en­tists, cre- at­ing a re­search blue­print for oth­ers to fol­low.

It comes as the footy com­mu­nity ral­lies ahead of the Big Freeze 4 at the MCG to­mor­row. All 18 AFL coaches have pledged their sup­port for the fundraiser.

More than $30 mil­lion has been raised by Fight MND since it was formed four years ago. The fund­ing has ac­celer- ated dis­cov­ery, de­vel­op­ment and test­ing of homegrown ther­a­peu­tic drugs and cleared the way for po­ten­tial avail­abil­ity of in­ter­na­tional clin­i­cal tri­als for Aus­tralian pa­tients.

“The use of stem cells and ro­bot­ics for drug screen­ing is some­thing we sim­ply wouldn’t have had ac­cess to with­out that kind of sup­port,” Prof Turner said.

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