Supporting the best MND research


  • Record $2,014,000 awarded by MNDRIA to grant recipients
  • 22 new grants funding the best MND research in Australia
  • Inaugural MND Australia Leadership Grant awarded to Associate Professor Ian Blair

The Motor Neurone Disease Research Institute of Australia (MNDRIA) funds more MND-related projects than any other organisation in Australia. Thanks to our donors, in 2013 a record $2,014,000 was awarded to 22 top MND researchers from across the nation who are hard at work in areas as diverse as genetics, cell biology and social research. We believe this multifaceted approach to research will give us the best chance of understanding the causes, finding effective treatments and discovering cures for MND.


In addition to 22 new grants, the inaugural MND Australia Leadership Grant ($600,000 over four years) was awarded to Associate Professor Ian Blair to build an MND research team at Macquarie University’s Australian School of Advanced Medicine. The Grant will provide the impetus to further research newly discovered MND genes and investigate how defects in these genes lead to the death of motor neurones.
In the year to come, MNDRIA aims again to provide at least $2 million to continue supporting researchers in their quest to free the world from MND. 

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MNDRIA newsletters

The MND Research Institute's bi-annual newsletter Advance, has a national circulation of 4,500.
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The MND Australia Research Committee is responsible for carefully assessing every grant application. In this way we ensure that our supporters' donations fund only the best MND research in Australia.  Meet the Research Committee

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Researchers funded by MNDRIA are invited to present their findings and network with their peers at the annual MND Australia Research  Meeting.   More about the meeting


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