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"Research is the only path to cause and cure. What science does best is learn how something works, because you need to know how something works before you can fix it." Peter Crouch, MND researcher

The Association supports research into the causes, cures and management of MND. Funds raised by the Association for research are forwarded to MND Australia, who then allocates funding to Australian research via the MND Research Institute of Australia (a subsidary of MND Australia).

Each year, the International Symposium on ALS/MND - the largest medical and scientific conference specific to MND - is held somewhere in the world. The last Symposium was held during December 2016 in Dublin. Read the blog written by the English MND Association. Read research summaries/abstracts from past Symposiums. The report includes links to the presentations held at the Allied Professionals Forum.

You can also watch the Ask the Experts session from the Symposium online.

The 2017 Alliance Meeting, Allied Professionals Forum and Symposium will be held at the Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, MA, USA. Visit:

Clinical trials

A clinical trial is a research study using human volunteers to study the safety and effectiveness of a drug, treatment, or device in changing the course of health outcomes.

Read more: Clinical trials

Glossary of terms

On the website of the American ALS Association you will find a glossary of ALS/MND related medical and scientific terms. To access the information, please visit the ALSA glossary webpage.

Research Articles

If you are interested in new research articles, please go to Research Articles

In addition, MND Australia produces two newsletters with the latest research in Australia and abroad: the MND Research Institute of Australia's biannual newsletter Advance, which details the progress of research funded by the Research Institute, and the MND Australia International Research Update, which reports on the latest MND research from across the globe.  To access both newsletters, visit

How can I help research?

If you have motor neurone disease you can help research in a variety of ways.  This includes providing information on your condition, donating a blood sample or by donating your brain and spinal cord tissue. People without the disease can also help by taking part in research projects and by donating money to MND Victoria directly or to the Motor Neurone Disease Research Institute of Australia (MNDRIA).

Read more: How can I help research?

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