In order to treat MND we must halt or reverse loss of motor neuron function. By studying the dysfunction of motor neurons affected by MND we hope to reveal targets for new treatments aiming to improve or repair the functionality of motor neurons.

Dr Gareth Miles

Senior Lecturer
School of Psychology and Neuroscience, St Andrews University


The Miles laboratory studies how the spinal cord controls movement by analysing the electrical activity of individual spinal neurons and the connections they form with each other. They also use animal and human stem cell-based models to examine changes in the properties of neurons and their connections that occur due to diseases such as MND. Through their research, they hope to explain why motor neurones selectively die in MND, and to reveal targets for new treatments of MND.

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