Using a zebrafish model of motor neuron disease in order to accelerate the development of treatments

Posted on: June 21st, 2012

A zebrafish model of Motor Neuron Disease (MND), which replicates many of the features of the human disease, will be used by Professor Pamela Shaw and Dr Tennore Ramesh of the MND Association, to study some of the fundamental biochemical processes underpinning the disease and to screen 2,000 drugs for protective effects. The study aims to validate this new model as an accurate and inexpensive means of large-scale screening for protective compounds, in order to accelerate the development of treatments for patients.

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