I am interested in neuromuscular junctions - the connections between motor neurones and muscle. Often these are the first to degenerate in MND.

Professor Richard Ribchester

Professor of Cellular Neuroscience, Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems, University of Edinburgh

Email: richard.ribchester@ed.ac.uk

I am Professor of Cellular Neuroscience and my main research interest is in the connections between motor neurones and muscle. Synapses at these neuromuscular junctions are the first to degenerate in many forms of Motor Neurone Disease, including common forms of MND. We combine electrophysiological techniques and imaging to find out how this synaptic degeneration is triggered and to explore ways that it could be slowed down or completely prevented using gene-based therapies, drugs or exercise. We are also working on ways to apply new imaging technologies to observe living neuromuscular junctions and to diagnose, monitor and treat the progression of MND.