“Cleared up some doubts”, was one participant’s comment after the MND NSW Ask the Experts Forum at West Ryde on 22 August 2016. This Forum, held annually, aims to provide people with MND, their family and friends the opportunity to hear from experts in the fields of MND research and neurology and to ask questions.
The first speaker, Dr Nimeshan Geevasinga, Neurologist, Neurophysiologist and Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Sydney and MND Multidisciplinary Clinic St Joseph’s Hospital, provided a clinical perspective and dipped into advances in MND diagnostics, cause hypotheses and broad research developments. The second speaker, Dr Kelly Williams, Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Macquarie University, provided an overview of genetics before focusing on why genetic research is relevant to all people with MND and how it informs other areas of MND research. The final speaker, Associate Professor Roger Pamphlett, Neurologist and Neuropathologist, Brain and Mind Centre University of Sydney, spoke of the continuing search for environmental and risk factors in MND and his current work on ALS Quest (www.alsquest.org), an online survey tool collecting data for risk factor analysis.
You can watch videos of the presentations (and the question and answer sessions) by following this link View 2016 MND Ask the Experts