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Find out about what's been happening in the trial.

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Innovation Influencer Award 2021

Nov 2021: Hayley Williams, MND-SMART research nurse, wins Innovation Influencer Award

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MND-SMART Sub-study-1

Nov 2021: The sub-study will examine the attitudes and experiences of MND-SMART participants.

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The Island Experience

Nov 2021 A viewpoint from some of our island participants and research staff.

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MND-SMART launches in St George's, London

Oct 2021: A new trial centre has opened to participants in London.

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A day in the life of Tanya Van Der Westhuizen

Oct 2021: We caught up with Tanya Van Der Westhuizen, Research Practitioner in Edinburgh.

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MND-SMART launches in Exeter

June 2021: A new trial centre has opened to participants in Exeter. This is the trial’s eighth UK centre.

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A day in the life of ... Jill Williamson

April 2021: Dr Jill Williamson, Assistant Trial Manager opens her home office door to give us a glimpse into her working day.

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Frequently asked FAQs

April 2021: A summary of the questions we're most currently asked about the trial and our answers. 

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Researcher Interview

March 2021: Tiffany Stewart, works on the MND-SMART trial in Dundee and took some time out of her day to tell us about her experiences of the trial.  

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March 2021: We review how people with MND are at the heart of MND-SMART.

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MND-SMART launches in Inverness

March 2021: A new trial centre has opened to participants across NHS Highland. This is the trial’s seventh UK centre.

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MND-SMART launches in Southampton

February 2021: A new trial centre has opened to participants in Southampton. This is the trial’s sixth UK centre.

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New trial Centre for MND-SMART in Aberdeen

January 2021: Approvals are in place for the MND trial to begin recruiting participants across NHS Grampian.

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MND-SMART opens in Salford

November 2020: A new trial centre has opened to participants in Salford. This is the trial’s fourth UK centre and the first in England.

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MND-SMART opens in Glasgow

October 2020: A new trial centre for MND-SMART has opened to participants in Glasgow. This is the trial’s third UK centre.

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New trial centre for MND-SMART opens in Dundee

August 2020: The MND drugs trial has today opened to participants in Tayside - the trial’s second UK centre.

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MND-SMART Trial Recruitment Update

July 2020: We are pleased to announce that recruitment to the MND-SMART clinical trial has re-opened in Edinburgh.

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MND-SMART - the participant's perspective

July 2020: Alan Gray, one of the first people to take part in MND-SMART, tells us about his experience of participating in the trial.

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Paper published on the reliability of videoconferencing for MND appointments

June 2020: Researchers involved in MND-SMART have had a research paper published that shows MND appointments via videoconference are as effective as face-to-face appointments. 

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Trial management team during lockdown

Jun 2020: Trial Manager, Rachel Dakin, and Trial Management Administrator, Jill Williamson, give us a brief update on what they've been busy with during lockdown. 

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Trial recruitment paused due to COVID-19

Mar 2020: In response to the rapidly evolving circumstances surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have, in accordance with guidance from our research sponsors (University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian), taken the difficult decision to pause recruitment to MND-SMART.

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First MND-SMART trial centre opens

Mar 2020: MND-SMART, the pioneering new MND clinical trial from the Euan MacDonald Centre has opened its first clinical trial centre in Edinburgh.

Landmark MND trial launches.

Jan 2020: Innovative clinical trial seeks people with MND from across the UK to test potential new treatments.