Macquarie University Centre for Motor Neuron Disease Research

Macquarie University Centre for Motor Neuron Disease Research

Macquarie University Centre for Motor Neuron Disease Research

Our vision is a world without MND. Our mission is to provide world-class care for people living with MND and to develop new effective treatments for this devastating disease.

Motor neuron disease (MND) is a rapidly progressive, terminal neurological disease that affects the ability to move, speak, eat and breathe. An estimated 1,400 people have MND in Australia, and thousands more families and carers live daily with its effects. There is currently no cure.

At Macquarie University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, a group of neuroscientists drawn from across Australia and around the world are working collaboratively towards a common goal: finding a cure for MND.

The research begins in the MND clinic, collaborating with our patients to understand the biological processes of this dreadful disease. There are many facets to the clinical and research effort at Macquarie University. We all work together in the one facility, on the one topic, with one aim: To stop MND.

The centre is dedicated to MND research, the largest of its kind in Australia, with a unique research pipeline that starts at Macquarie University’s MND clinic and flows into human genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, animal models and pre-clinical testing. Our research focuses specifically on the key mechanisms for the causes of MND and identifying potential therapeutic strategies in an aim to make significant advances in both the diagnosis and treatment of MND in the near future.

Vision and mission

Our vision at The Macquarie University Centre for Motor Neuron Disease Research is to build a leading multidisciplinary research centre dedicated to advancing, applying and facilitating high standards of medical research and clinical practice. Our vision is to make ourselves redundant, in a world without MND.

Our mission is to integrate the multidisciplinary MND service to provide the very best disease management and care for people living with MND, and to conduct world-class clinical and biomedical research to develop new effective treatments for MND. Research and consultation at the centre are conducted through:

  • Partnership: Establishing and developing research relationships, both within the University and with external researchers, and not-for-profit agencies locally, nationally, and internationally; and
  • Research excellence: Developing, delivering and enhancing quality biomedical research by adhering to the highest ethical and scientific standards, and professional practices; and
  • Patient care: Providing world-class integrated multidisciplinary care from initial diagnosis, disease management and measurement of MND.
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