MND Research Australia presents: 'State of Play'

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State of Play is a 4-part Webinar Series organised by MND Research Australia. It is open to all members of the MND Community to provide an introduction to the advancements of the research community in Australia. No scientific background is required!

 

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The 2020 MND Research Australia meeting and MND Connect Sessions are not able to take place this year, due to COVID-19 restrictions. Instead, MND Research Australia will host four free weekly webinars to provide an update on recent MND research advancements. Sign up is free and you can register for one or all of the webinars below. The webinars will also be live streamed on facebook and will available on the MND Australia youtube channel. Please see below for more information on each of the four webinars, including the researchers who will be conducting the sessions.


Seminar One - Tuesday 24 November at 7pm (AEDT)
Step Into the Lab: What can mice models and stem-cells teach us about MND?


Dr Samantha Barton
Dr Samantha Barton works in the Motor Neurone Disease Laboratory at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. Dr Barton is the 2020 recipient of the MND Research Australia 'Jenny Simko MND Research Grant' titled: Could abnormal myelin composition be exacerbating neuronal dysfunction in MND? 

Dr Adam Walker
Dr Adam Walker heads up the Walker Group at the University of Queensland's QBI (Queensland Brain Institute). The Walker group are investigating the malfunction of an essential protein known as TDP-43, which malfunctions in motor neurone disease and frontotemporal dementia - both fatal neurodegenerative diseases that currently lack effective treatments. Dr Walker is the 2020 MND Research Australia recipient of the MNDRA Innovator Grant titled: New mouse models of TDP-43 pathology. 


Seminar Two - Tuesday, 1 December at 7pm (AEDT)
Improving Care: Novel Therapies and the Impacts of Healthcare Decision-Making​


Dr David Berlowitz
Dr David Berlowitz is a physiotherapist who leads an international team who examine the causes and treatments of sleep and breathing disorders in neuromuscular disease, especially in Spinal Cord Injury and Motor Neurone Disease. Dr Berlowitz is the 2020 recipient of MND Research Australia's Mavis Gallienne and Graham Lang MND Victoria Research Grant titled: NIV@Home. 

Camille Paynter
Camille Paynter is a PhD candidate at the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology at the University of Melbourne. Ms Paynter is the recipient of MND Research Australia's PhD Scholarship Top-Up Grant (2018 - 2020) titled: A longitudinal study of involvement in health care decision-making in motor neurone disease: Patient and caregiver perceptions, impact of communication and swallowing difficulties, and quality of life​.


Seminar Three - Tuesday, 8 December at 7pm (AEDT)
Measuring Progression: How is the progression of MND measured?

Dr Mehdi van den Bos 

Dr Mehdi van den Bos is a neurologist at Westmead Hospital. Dr van den Bos is the 2020 MND Research Australia recipient of the Beryl Bayley MND Postdoctoral Fellowship titled: Deep learning as a tool to advance the diagnosis and pathophysiological understanding of ALS. 

Dr Mary-Louise Rogers
Dr Mary-Louise Rogers works from Flinders University and her research focuses on treatment strategies and biomarker discovery for motor neurone disease. Dr Rogers is the 2020 MND Research Australia recipient of the MNDRA Innovator Grant titled: Urinary Neopterin as a candidate biomarker that can be used to test disease progress in clinical trials for Motor Neurone Disease.  


Seminar Four - Tuesday, 15 December at 7pm (AEDT)
Pathways to treatment: What do brain activity and metabolism have to do with MND?​


Dr Frederik Steyn
Dr Frederik Steyn works at the University of Queensland and is undertaking studies to improve our understanding of neurodegenerative disease, including motor neurone disease. These studies have included creating methodologies for improved assessment of energy expenditure in patients with MND and developing a research platform that has received traction for improved detection of hypermetabolism in neurodegenerative disease. Dr Steyn is the 2020 recipient of MND Research Australia's Fat Rabbit MND Research Grant titled: Tipping the Scales on MND: Preclinical testing of a compound with multiple actions to slow disease progression in MND​. 

Dr Richard Gordon
Dr Richard Gordon works at the University of Queensland and conducts research into topics including clinical biomarkers for Parkinson's and MND, drug repurposing for progressive neurodegeneration and immune and inflammatory mechanisms in neurodegenerative disease. Dr Gordon is the 2020 recipient of MND Research Australia's Col Bambrick MND Research Grant titled: Targeting inflammasome-driven neuropathology and motor neuron death in MND using a clinically approved cancer drug​. 

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​Questions can be submitted prior to the event to: emiliem@mndaustralia.org.au. The seminars are limited to one hour each so we will endeavour to answer submitted questions, time permitting. 

 
 
This research seminar series has been generously funded by the Department of Social Services' National Disability Conference Initiative. MND Australia and MND Research Australia are very grateful for the opportunity to run this seminar series. 
 

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