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The National Brain Appeal, the charity dedicated to raising funds for the hospital, has worked with Professor Michael Hanna, and were successful in opening the UK’s first comprehensive Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases in December 2009. The new Centre at 8-11 Queen Square has brought together the entire team of Queen Square experts in these fields, led by Professor Hanna. It includes a clinical trials facility and IT systems to support the development of new treatments and facilitate translational research to benefit patients. The Centre is a truly unique environment supporting young scientists to develop research programmes to find treatments for these serious diseases.

We urgently need to raise funds to support important clinical research in the new centre, and in particular to support young scientists we are training. We have already raised funds for two young scientists. We had one hundred applications for these two posts, and we would like to give a larger number of talented young scientists the opportunity to do research in these diseases in our new centre. Professor Hanna is personally committed to continue to raise funds to develop a comprehensive programme for talented young scientists to join the team and help drive the research to find treatments.

Neuromuscular neurological diseases are serious muscle wasting disorders which often affect children and young adults. There are over 100 neuromuscular diseases and common examples include Motor Neurone Disease, Polymyositis, Inclusion Body Myositis, Peripheral Neuropathy, Myaesthenia Gravis, Muscular Dystrophy and other life threatening diseases. They affect well over 100,000 people in the UK. For many of these diseases we still don’t have cures and we want to change this.

Please contact Glen Pickard, Fundraising Assistant, at or on 020 7829 8724 for further details.  

BUPA London 10,000 - 25th May 2015

2014 Bupa 10000 team

The CNMD team with their 2014 Bupa 10,000 medals

On Monday 25th May 2015, Professor Hanna will lead a Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases team for the for the seventh consecutive year.

We want to continue our vital work, and in particular we want to raise funds to support more young scientists and doctors to develop research programmes to find treatments for these serious diseases in the Centre. But to achieve this we need your help.

Any donation, no matter how small, will be gratefully received.

The Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases would truly value your support.

Professor Michael G Hanna

Consultant Neurologist

Queen Square Divisional Clinical Director

Theresa Dauncey

Chief Executive

National Brain Appeal

Registered Charity No. 290173