When it comes to the fight against Motor Neurone Disease (MND), Macquarie means business. Our MND research centre is the largest in Australia, with more than 30 researchers working to find a treatment and stop the progression of the disease.
While MND presently remains unconquered, several encouraging breakthroughs have recently been made and Macquarie needs your help to continue these exciting developments.
The annual MND Gala event is the Centre’s main fundraiser for the year. In 2014, the event raised more than $300,000 to support its research. All members of the Macquarie and wider community are warmly invited to join the fight in 2015, with all funds raised going directly to our MND research.
As well as the Centre, Macquarie is also home to the country’s largest MND clinic. Headed by Professor Dominic Rowe, the clinic provides a range of clinicians and specialists to assist with the management and treatment of MND. This collective MND service at Macquarie manages the care of approximately 10 per cent of all MND patients in Australia.
MND is an unpredictable and wretched disease explains Professor Dominic Rowe. “While 10% of patients have MND due to inheriting a faulty gene, 90% of patients have sporadic MND, with no known cause.”
Professor Rowe says the gaps in the knowledge of MND can only be addressed by research.
“It is only with research that we will understand what the elements that cause MND are, how it progresses, and ultimately lead to therapies that slow and stop the disease.”
Gala event details
When: Tuesday 16 June
Time: From 6.30pm
Where: Sofitel Sydney
Tickets: $150 available online (closing soon)
If you can’t attend the dinner, but would like to support our MND research with a monetary or in kind donation, view the MND Gala webpage.