Who we are
The Euan MacDonald Centre at the University of Edinburgh is a “centre without walls” of 30 researchers across Scotland that seeks to improve the lives of patients living with MND through fundamental discovery research as well as a growing portfolio of patient-centred research projects.
It was established in 2007 following a donation by Euan MacDonald, MBE and his father Donald MacDonald, CBE. The Centre’s Director is Prof Siddharthan Chandran.
What we do
As well as providing specialist care linked to research through multidisciplinary clinics, the Centre supports and undertakes cutting-edge research into MND and related conditions, as well as training opportunities for the next generation of basic- and clinician-scientist research leaders.
The outlook is multidisciplinary and inclusive. The Centre has partnerships with scientists around the world and works on collaborative research projects to make the best use of facilities and expertise.
At the University of Edinburgh, the Centre is part of the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, and has particularly strong links with the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic and Edinburgh Neuroscience.
A key part of the Centre’s ethos is the close relationship with MND patients, carers, friends, relatives and donors who have contributed to its continuing success. We are continually amazed at the limits people are willing to push themselves to in order to support our research and we are very grateful.
We work closely with major funders such as MND Scotland and the MND Association as well as other key donors such as the RS MacDonald Trust , Crerar Hotels and the Sandy Barclay Memorial Trust. These funding sources, big or small, allow us to continue the search for a halt to MND through the training of students; lab supplies; state of the art research equipment and funding of post-doctoral fellows. We also receive major support from the University’s Development and Alumni team, Kerry Mackay and colleagues, who streamline fundraising for specific purposes in the University.