The Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) has welcomed the support of the MND and Me Foundation in its quest to improve the understanding of Motor Neuron Disease (MND).
Scott Sullivan, Founder of the MND and Me Foundation, and MND sufferer, contributed $50,000 to QBI’s research into finding a cure for the disease that currently affects 1,400 Australians – himself included.
“After I was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease, we established MND and Me to help contribute financially to finding a cure,” he said.
“We feel great pride in being able to assist the work of the QBI, as their work is invaluable in the quest for a cure.”
“Through their multidisciplinary approach, Dr Robyn Wallace and her team are making significant advances towards understanding the disease and we are big supporters of their work.”
At least one Australian dies and another is diagnosed with MND every day.
The onset of MND can occur between the ages of 20 and 70, with sufferers being granted an average life expectancy of 2 – 3 years from diagnosis.
QBI Director, Professor Perry Bartlett, says private donations like the one from MND and Me play a significant role in funding research at the Institute.
“This builds on a strong legacy of philanthropic funding for MND research at QBI, that has allowed us to develop one of the leading programs in this field,” he said.
“We rely heavily on private donations and we thank Scott Sullivan and the MND and Me Foundation for their ongoing support of QBI’s work with Motor Neuron Disease.”