FightMND Scientific Seminar Series
Tuesday 27th February,2024 10.00am (AEDT)
An online scientific seminar series focused on MND Research. Hear from national experts and emerging leaders in MND research including the latest clinical trials, drug developments, pre-clinical models, discovery research and collaborative platforms. Learn, connect and share with the Australian MND research community.
For enquiries related to the seminar series, please contact: Dr Sarah Bennett [email protected]
Richard Cave, MND Association UK and University College London
How people living with MND use personalized automated speech recognition technology to support conversation
February 27th, 10:00AM, AEDT
Voice banking technology allows people living with MND to preserve their voice for continued communication. Richard will outline his work in the field of automated speech recognition technology (ASR) and how it may benefit people living with MND. He will discuss some of the current strengths and weaknesses of the technology, as well as his current research to advance ASR and its implications for the adoption of technology. Richard welcomes discussion and questions as part of his presentation.
Richard Cave is a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) and PhD candidate at UCL in London. He provides specialist SLT consultancy to Google’s Project Relate, Project Euphonia, Look To Speak projects amongst others, facilitating co-design with people living with MND, head and neck cancer, laryngectomy, Cerebral Palsy, Stroke and many other conditions. Richard works with the MND Association and is a Clinical Ambassador to the Mouth Cancer Foundation – a non-profit in the UK. He is a National adviser for voice banking and MND to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, and was awarded the Allied Health Professional recognition award for 2022 by the International Alliance of ALS Associations
February 27, 2024 – Richard Cave
March 26, 2024 – Dr Ning Shan and Raymond Houck, Aclipse Therapeutics
April 23, 2024 – TBC
May 28, 2024 – TBC
June 25, 2024 – Prof Lawrence Steinman, Stanford University
November 28 – Prof Anthony Akkari and Dr Loren Flynn
September Seminar 2023
Dr Rebecca San Gil
26th September, 2023
Cytoplasmic TDP-43 accumulation drives many dynamic changes to the cortex proteome of MND patients, including increases in protein folding factors prior to disease onset. Dr San Gil will outline her work to create the first longitudinal map of the cortex proteome throughout TDP-43-driven disease in a mouse model of cytoplasmic TDP-43 proteinopathy. She will outline the comparisons between the proteomic signature of the TDP-43 mouse cortex and post-mortem human brain tissue, and how these findings have helped to reveal the molecular mechanisms behind protein regulation at different stages of MND.
The September Scientific Seminar will be given by our inaugural FightMND Early Career Research Fellow Dr Rebecca San Gil, from the University of Queensland.
Dr San Gil has been looking at patterns of protein expression in the brain during early disease development, trying to understand how MND changes the brain. Dr San Gil will take us through a map she has created of protein expression in the brain of MND models and preserved human tissue. How this map changes over time can give us clues into how to treat MND.