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People touched by motor neurone disease (MND) can hope for a better future with the announcement by MND Australia of a record $2,014,000 to fund MND research in 2013.
The MND Research Institute of Australia (MNDRIA), the research arm of MND Australia, has awarded 22 new grants. The grant recipients include:
The recipients of two PhD scholarships and three PhD top-up grants will be announced in December.
Fifteen grants in aid complete the suite of MNDRIA grants for 2013.
“The funds will support researchers in their quests to understand the causes, provide better care, control the symptoms or find a cure for MND,” says Janet Nash, Executive Officer Research at MND Australia.
It is heartening to know that Australians share our vision of a world free from MND. Thanks to their generosity, this is the third year in a row that we can contribute over $1million to MND research.
“There has been a huge increase in funding this year. Our grants in aid for 2013 total $1,362,700. This sum alone exceeds the entire pool of research funds in 2012. In addition, for the first time, we have been able to offer a new MND Australia Leadership Grant of $600,000 over four years.”
The inaugural MND Australia Leadership Grant was awarded to Associate Professor Ian Blair who will begin his appointment with the Australian School of Advanced Medicine at Macquarie University in mid-December.
The Leadership Grant is generously supported by the MND and Me Foundation.