Sheffield doctor wins prestigious grant to seek MND cure

Johnathan Cooper-Knock
Johnathan Cooper-Knock
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A CLINICAL researcher at The University of Sheffield has been awarded a fellowship for his dedicated research into a disease which kills five UK people daily.

Dr Johnathan Cooper-Knock, a trainee clinical neurologist at The University of Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience, has been recognised for his work in the field of Motor Neurone Disease.

The internationally-recognised accolade will enable Dr Cooper-Knock to work towards finding treatments for sufferers of the incurable, life-threatening disease.

He said: “By the end of my fellowship I hope to have identified a number of therapeutic targets for development into new treatments by myself and others.”

The Lady Edith Wolfson Clinical Research Fellowship programme, jointly funded by the Medical Research Council and the Motor Neurone Disease Association, aims to support young researchers with the hope of helping him to secure a future as a scientific leader in MND.

Dr Cooper-Knock added: “I was over the moon to receive this fellowship, it will help me to progress significantly.

“I am passionate about MND patients and this will allow me to develop my research into the genetics of MND and work towards a cure for this terrible disease.”

MND affects around 5,000 UK adults and attacks the motor neurones in the brain or spinal cord which can lead to people being unable to walk, talk, eat and drink.

Dr Cooper-Knock will spend the next three years carrying out innovative research to learn how errors in a gene called C90RF72 can lead to MND.

Dr Brian Dickie, Director of Research for the MND Association, said: “The MND Association considers it is a priority to attract, train and retain the best researchers.

“I have no doubt that Dr Cooper-Knock will maintain the high standards of scientific excellent associated with the scheme.”