What is MND?

MND is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks the upper and lower motor neurones.

IT CAN AFFECT ANYONE

Motor neurone disease (MND) is the name given to a group of diseases in which the nerve cells (neurones) controlling the muscles that enable us to move, speak, breathe and swallow undergo degeneration and die.

IT’S UNCOMPROMISING

Motor function is controlled by the upper motor neurones in the brain that descend to the spinal cord; these neurones activate lower motor neurones which exit the spinal cord and directly activate muscles.

THERE’S LOTS OF SUFFERERS

MND occurs at similar rates in most countries of the world. It is estimated that there are presently around 400,000 people worldwide diagnosed with MND. Most commonly in men between 50 and 60.

THERE’S NO CURE

With no nerves to activate them, muscles weaken and waste. MND affects a person’s ability to walk, speak, swallow & breathe. It’s known as ALS in many parts of the world and Lou Gehrig’s disease in the USA.