The DNA Bank is one of the most promising and exciting programmes we have ever undertaken. Created in late 2003, it has already enabled research that has helped advance our understanding of MND.
A new screening project will transform this already useful tool into a truly powerful one, building on previous discoveries and putting them to work in a new way.
The goal is simple: a clear and detailed picture of the genetic makeup of the 1,800 DNA samples donated by people with MND, giving the international research community far deeper insight into the contents of the DNA Bank, and into the workings of MND itself.
By screening every patient sample, we can learn which of them can be matched to one of the already discovered genes and which of them still have no known cause. This should then increase the speed at which the remaining, unknown causes of MND are found.
Donate now to our 2012 DNA Bank Screening Project Appeal
Or telephone us on 0845 751850 quoting 12SE. Thank you for whatever you are able to give today.
An invaluable tool for MND research click here to read more about our DNA Bank screening project.
‘People living with MND come from all different walks of life and have lived in different environments. I donated a blood sample and gave information about my lifestyle, my places of work, family history etc so that researchers can learn more about the role that these factors play with our DNA and identify more of the underlying genetic "MND triggers" that give rise to the disease.'
Kevan Hassall, diagnosed with MND in January 2011