From abstracts to posters, pushpins to ribbons, it takes a whole year to get to this day – no, not Christmas, but the 28th International Symposium on ALS/MND. In this and the following ‘catch-up’ blog we will summarise what went on at the Symposium and where you can find out more information. To begin with, you can read about what goes into organising the biggest meeting of its kind on our blog: It’s that time of year again … #alssymp.
Because of the diversity of the talks presented at the Symposium, we categorised them into five key themes that follow the timeline ‘from bench to bedside’; biomedical research, diagnosis and prognosis, causes of MND, clinical trials and treatments, and improving wellbeing and quality of life. You can read more about each of these themes on our Symposium LIVE webpages. Continue reading →
The MND Association funds several healthcare research projects that aim to improve care and symptom management for people living with MND.
One such project is TONiC, which is examining factors that influence quality of life in patients with neurological conditions, including MND.
So what is TONiC?
The Trajectories of Outcome in Neurological Conditions (TONiC) study is the largest of its kind in the world. Our funding involvement began in 2015, to help the TONiC team continue with their study (our reference 929-794).
TONiC will hopefully have a significant and positive impact on the lives of all patients living with neurological conditions, regardless of symptoms, stage of illness, age or social status.
Following on from the two talks on genetic testing; the first day of the 24th International Symposium on ALS/MND continued with a number of high quality research talks on topics such as screening for cognitive change and RNA processing.
Miss Hikari Ando (The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust) presented her research on Friday 6 December 2013. Following on from a previous talk on quality of life she pitched her talk as ‘What people living with MND thought of quality of life’ and explained that ‘quality of life is not just something of physical decline’.