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. Thanks to your donations to MND NSW towards motor neurone disease research, the MND Research Institute of Australia (MNDRIA) offers many grants to MND researchers in Australia. MNDRIA announced 22 new grants for 2013. The grant recipients include:

  • Kelly Williams from the Australian School of Advanced Medicine at Macquarie University, awarded the Bill Gole MND Post Doctoral Fellowship, and
  • Dr Sharpley Hsieh from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), awarded the Graham Linford MND Post Doctoral Fellowship.

The recipients of two PhD scholarships and three PhD top-up grants will be announced in December, and 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."