Project cost: £42,000

Project jointly funded with the Ryder Briggs Trust

Motor Neuron Disease (MND) is a devastating and incurable neurological disease characterised by progressive weakness and death. Recent work suggests that the abnormalities in things called mitochondria (which are the powerhouses of human cells) are important in the development of MND.

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This 2 year project will study 47 people, some newly diagnosed with MND and some healthy, to look at mitochondrial dysfunction through a non- invasive magnetic resonance technique (MR).

A positive study would help to evaluate the effects of novel treatments targeting this dysfunction which could have a significant impact in the field or research into the causes and treatment of this cruel disease.