About MND

1 Jan 2011

More than 1,400 Australians are currently suffering from MND. There is currently no cure.

MND is a devastating illness that causes limb paralysis, leading to an inability to walk, speak and eat, and ultimately, to death. From diagnosis, people with MND have an average lifespan of one to five years. MND remains one of the most feared diagnoses in neurological practice because of its dismal prognosis.

There is currently no cure for the disease, and no effective therapeutic interventions. Tragically, there is little that can be done to help people with the disease.

Hereditary MND accounts for only about 5 to 10% of MND cases. The causes of MND are relatively unknown, however, research undertaken aims to identify genes linked to MND. The Deb Bailey Research Centre’s collaborative research Centre has identified a new approach to researching MND which is believed to lead to breakthrough discoveries in understanding the causes of MND.

Professor Stephen Hawking, the eminent British scientist who “is also a rare long-term survivor of MND, said: rare long-term survivor of MND, said: “I have had Motor Neurone Disease for practically all my adult life. I have been lucky, that my condition has progressed more slowly than is often the case.”

“The realisation that I had an incurable disease, that was likely to kill me in a few years, was a bit of a shock. How could something like that happen to me? MND doesn’t get the attention it deserves because it often kills its victims in two or three years and they aren’t around to be noticed.”

Click here to read more about how The Deb Bailey Foundation Research Centre is helping find a cure for MND.

Click here to learn more about the Big Questions our research will answer.

Click here to read about the statistics of MND in Australia and Internationally.

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