Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a currently incurable form of motor neurone disease and is the leading genetic killer of infants and toddlers. Tom Gillingwater's group is at the forefront of identifying how and why motor neurones break down in SMA.

Professor Tom Gillingwater

Professor of Neuroanatomy
Centre for Integrative Physiology

Email: T.Gillingwater@ed.ac.uk

My laboratory is interested in understanding how and why motor neurones break down in motor neurone disease. Working in collaboration with a number of leading international research groups, we are examining pathological changes that occur in the nervous system during a childhood form of motor neurone disease called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). We hope these investigations will lead to the development of novel therapeutic strategies to treat SMA and other forms of motor neurone disease.

Full Profile: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/integrative-physiology/staff-profiles/tom-gillingwater


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Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is the commonest inherited cause of infant death, with approximately 1½ million people in the UK carrying a copy of the defective gene.  We are working hard to better understand SMA and develop new treatments for the disease. You can donate directly to our research programme. Every pound received is spent directly on research designed to understand and to develop therapies for SMA. Thank you.

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