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University of Malta

The University of Malta’s ALS/MND Lab, headed by Dr. Ruben J. Cauchi, and the ALS Malta Foundation, chaired by Mr. Bjorn Formosa, have joined forces to identify and recruit Maltese ALS/MND patients. Patient DNA samples are being collected and stored in the unique Malta ALS/ MND Biobank.

May we introduce our experts?

Project MinE research in Malta is performed by:

  • Ruben Cauchi

    Lead researcher, senior lecturer

    Ruben Cauchi

    Lead researcher, senior lecturer

      Dr. Ruben Cauchi is a senior lecturer within the Dept. of Physiology & Biochemistry at the Faculty of Medicine & Surgery and a Principal Investigator (P.I.) at the Centre for Molecular Medicine & Biobanking of the University of Malta. He directs research on the role of RNA-binding proteins in motor neuron degeneration, making use of functional genetic approaches, and participates in a collaborative effort with the pharmaceutical industry aimed at discovering drugs that ameliorate neurodegenerative conditions.

      Dr. Cauchi obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford, UK, working on genetic animal models of motor neuron disease and went on to do postdoctoral research at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge, UK, studying RNA processing. As a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry, University of Malta and a Visiting Lecturer (2014-2015) at the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Chester (UK) he has taught more than 1600 undergraduate students.

      A well-published academic, Dr. Cauchi has recently edited a volume entitled ‘Drosophila melanogaster Models of Motor Neuron Disease’ featuring contributions by established leaders in the field working in world-class research centres. He serves as an ad hoc reviewer for top-tier journals, including the Nature Springer and PLoS family, as well as funding bodies including Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (UK), Medical Research Council (UK), Medical Research Foundation (UK), Association Française contre les Myopathies (AFM)-Telethon (France), Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France) and SMA Europe.

    Our partners

    The fundraising for Project MinE is led by ALS Malta Foundation