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Participating Australian ALS centers

Macquarie University (Sydney) is the home of Australia’s largest MND/ALS research program. With links to one of Australia’s largest MND/ALS clinics at the Macquarie University Hospital, this program undertakes multidisciplinary research including genetic, cellular biology, biochemical, and animal model studies.

The University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Research Institute is the home of multiple research laboratories and research clinics focusing on various brain and mind disorders, including Prof. Kiernan’s ForeFront Multidisciplinary Motor Neurone Disease Research Clinic. The ForeFront research clinic is investigating all aspects of motor neurone disease from changes in cognitive function through to nerve excitability and biomarker and brain banking with the aim of discovering better diagnostic methods, reducing the burden of disease and ultimately discovering a cure.

Macquarie University, the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Research Institute and the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Australia (MND Australia) are partners in Project MinE. Australia has a strong track record of participation in international MND/ALS genetic studies. MND Australia believes that involvement in Project MinE is an important step forward in the global fight to better understand the genetic causes of sporadic MND/ALS.

Meet our ambassadors

In Australia, we have an ambassador for Project MinE.

  • Ian Davis

    Physician, ALS patient

    Ian Davis

    Physician, ALS patient

    Ian Davis is a 35 year old doctor living in Melbourne, Australia. Before ALS (a.k.a MND) struck, Ian looked after patients suffering from haematological conditions and cancers. Due to his condition, he was forced to retire from Medical practice in early 2014.

    On the 13th of September 2011 he was diagnosed with ALS and told his life expectancy was 3-5 years. The devastating news has taken its toll, both in an ever evolving physical sense, but also on a highly personal level. Despite this, Ian is determined to push ALS into the spotlight, and raise as much awareness and much needed funds to help find a cure to this cruel and relentless disease.

    Being medically trained and from a scientific background, Ian believes that the only true way forward in finding a cure for this disease is to solve the ultimate question that all patients diagnosed with ALS ask themselves at one stage or another….. “Why Me?”

    ​Our genetics and DNA lays the pathway, and understanding how will lead to an ultimate answer to this question, and of importance to all those not currently diagnosed with ALS, also help answer “Why could this not happen to me?”…..

May we introduce our experts?

Project MinE research in Australia is performed at Macquarie University in Sydney.

  • Ian Blair

    Assoc. Professor and Principle Investigator at Macquarie University, Sydney

    Ian Blair

    Assoc. Professor and Principle Investigator at Macquarie University, Sydney

    Ian Blair is an Associate Professor at Macquarie University, Sydney, where he conceives, instigates and leads studies to unravel the molecular, genetic and cellular basis of ALS/MND. In the past 5 years, his group has played a key role in several familial ALS gene discoveries worldwide.

  • Matthew Kiernan

    Professor of Neurology and Principle Investigator at the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Research Institute

    Matthew Kiernan

    Professor of Neurology and Principle Investigator at the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Research Institute

    Professor Matthew Kiernan is the Bushell Chair of Neurology at the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Research Institute and a Professor of Neurology and staff specialist at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Prof. Kiernan and his research team have established methods to investigate and diagnose neurological disease, the latter particularly in relation to motor neurone disease (MND). He leads the ForeFront Motor Neurone Disease Research Clinic at the University of Sydney. Prof. Kiernan is also the Chairman of the Motor Neurone Disease Australia Research Committee, the Vice President of the Australian Brain Foundation and the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

  • Australia

    Our partners

    In Australia, fundraising for Project MinE is led by MND Australia.

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    Onze grote dank gaat uit naar iedereen die Project MinE reeds ondersteund heeft

    • Thomas Ho
      $AU 107
       • Australia
    • NHMRC grant
      $AU 1 300 000
       • Australia
    • Carol Birks
      $AU 10
       • Australia
    • Anonymous
      $AU 100 013
       • Australia