Had a great few days with Noelia Pelegrina Hidalgo visiting us from Edinburgh. Noelia is a fantastic PhD student in the Horrocks lab in Edinburgh working on Parkinson’s Disease.
So proud of our Olivia Rifai doing a great job presenting her recent work showing two neuroinflammatory signatures in ALS patient cohorts at the MND Association International Symposium on ALS/MND 2022.
December 2022 (Christmas!)
On the fifth day of Christmas, SULSA gives to you … Jenna talking about non-CNS symptoms of ALS/MND and how the gut gives early warning signs of motor neurone disease.
Oct-Nov 2022 (Visiting Graz, Austria)
Had a fantastic time training for four weeks with the diagnostic and research team of Prof. Cord Langner training in gastrointestinal pathology at the European Society of Pathology Advanced Training Centre of Gastrointestinal Pathology at the Medical University of Graz, Austria.
Oct 2022 (Target ALS Grant Funding)
We’re delighted to announce the funding of a collaborative Target ALS Foundation Award of $1,000,000 with Jenna M Gregory as one of four PIs (with $250 K direct costs award to Gregory lab). Collaborative grant with Mathew Horrocks (Edinburgh University), Neil Shneider (Columbia University), and Gian Gaetano Tartaglia (Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa)..
Oct 2022 (Gut TDP-43 Paper Coverage)
Have a look at this news story covering our recent findings that imply that peripheral non-CNS tissues could hold promise as early indicators of ALS, prior to neurological involvement, & that tissue biopsies could help us to understand how fluid biomarkers e.g., blood and stool samples, could be utilized in early detection.
-Read the news story: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/news/16457/ – -Watch Jenna explain more about the study in her YouTube video: https://youtu.be/NQe1jV3UyU4
-Read the full journal article: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/cjp2.297 -Media https://wiley.altmetric.com/details/137193238#score
Please do get in touch if you’re interested in researching gut-brain axis themes with us!
Sept 2022 (MNDA Grant Funding)
We’re delighted to announce the funding of a collaborative Motor Neurone Disease Association Grant of £200,000 with Jenna M Gregory as one of 4 PIs ($10K direct costs award to Gregory lab). Collaborative grant with lead PI Valeria Gerbino (Fondazione Santa Lucia, Rome), Tom Manniatis (Columbia University), and Jemeen Sreedharan (King’s College London).
August 2022 (Goodbye to Danah Sleibi)
We’re sad to be saying goodbye to Danah Sleibi who was with us over the summer as part of the Aberdeen Summer Research Scholarship Programme (ASRS) – this provides 1st & 2nd year medical students with an opportunity to participate in an active research programme under the mentorship of a senior clinical academic within the School of Medicine, Medical Science and Nutrition. We had fun investigating key clinical-pathological correlations of rare genetic variants in ALS using human tissue staining techniques combining BaseScope RNA ISH and immunohistochemistry – some very fun journal club paper discussions too!
Best wishes to Danah!
May 2022 (Visiting collaborators in New York)
Had a fantastic time visiting our collaborators in NYC at Columbia University | The Zuckerman Institute (Mortimer B Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at the Jerome Greene Science Center), and The New York Genome Center.
May 2022 (TargetALS meeting in Cambridge, MA)
Fantastic meeting – TargetALS in Cambridge, MA! Three days of great talks and opportunities to build collaborations with academic and industry partners. Lots of fun wandering around Harvard, and spending some time in Boston too!