Motor Neurone Disease (MND)

MND Research Fund

About the Motor Neurone Disease Research Fund

Motor neurone disease (MND) is a rare condition that progressively damages parts of the nervous system and causes degeneration of motor neurones in the brain and spinal cord. Nearly 2,100 Australians live with MND. From their diagnosis, their life expectancy can be counted in years or even months with the fingers on one hand.

Professor Justin Yerbury AM leads a dedicated and passionate group of scientists studying neuro-degeneration and MND at the University of Wollongong. Through their ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking, The Yerbury Lab have learned a lot about the molecular processes that cause MND. The next step is to translate that knowledge into therapies and the development of new drugs.

With your support, the Yerbury Lab will continue making advances in their mission to make MND a treatable condition, rather than a death sentence.

What your gift could achieve

  • $55 – could pay for reagents required to maintain cells used in drug-testing  
  • $550 – could contribute to a new set of tools to accurately measure and handle small volumes of liquid
  • $1200 – could allow the team to screen a new, untested drug from our library
  • $10,000 – could pay for a researcher to learn and use the high-powered Titan microscope at UOW

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[Motor Neurone Disease] has not taken away my mind, my passion for research, or my determination to see MND as a treatable condition rather than a death sentence. Associate Professor Justin Yerbury Lead MND Researcher, IHMRI