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Funding for MND Research

Funding for MND Research

18th June 2018

The Scottish Government is partnering with MND Scotland to fund a £240,000 Clinical Academic Fellowship in motor neurone disease (MND) research.

Announced at the start of MND Awareness Week (18 - 24 June), this is the second fellowship of its kind and will be open to individuals training in, or seeking to train in, all disciplines of medicine.

The funding will support a research-led clinical academic who will go on to lead the development of research into motor neurone disease. Two new recipients of the Gordon Aikman Scholarship will also be funded again this year.

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a rapidly progressing terminal illness, which stops signals from the brain reaching the muscles. This may cause someone to lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink or breathe unaided. There is currently no cure or effective treatment for MND and the average life expectancy from diagnosis is just 20 months.

On average almost 200 people are diagnosed each year in Scotland, 53% die within one year of diagnosis and 6.5% live for more than 5 years after diagnosis. There are over 450 people in Scotland currently living with MND.

Since 2015, the Scottish Government has committed more than £750,000 for research into motor neurone disease.

The Chief Scientist Office will run the application and interview process. The call will open on June 29

The call for applications to the Gordon Aikman Scholarship will open on June 21 via The Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit (NMAHP RU) 

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