$2.8 Million for Cure4MND Research

Funding to find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease received a boost with the Minister for Health, Aged Care and Sport, Sussan Ley, presenting Neale Daniher and the Cure4MND Foundation a cheque for $2.8 million.

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3 December 2016

Funding to find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease received a boost today with the Minister for Health, Aged Care and Sport, Sussan Ley, presenting Neale Daniher and the Cure4MND Foundation a cheque for $2.8 million, which will go towards vital research into the cruel disease.

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) affects more than 2000 people in Australia with the average survival rate of just over two years.

“Motor Neurone Disease is the cruellest of diseases, there’s no cure and its cause is not fully understood,” Minister Ley said.

“Today the Turnbull Government has delivered on its election commitment to provide the Cure4MND Foundation with $2.8 million so it can make more clinical trials available to Australian patients.

“The Government provides this funding because it’s part of our commitment to innovation and support for the country’s brightest health and medical researchers to help deliver the next big breakthroughs in medicine.”

In 2015, the Australian Government provided funding of more than $11 million to support vital ongoing research to find a breakthrough cure for MND through the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Australia has a strong health and medical research sector and the additional funding will help important clinical trials to lift the burden of disease experienced by people with MND, and their families.

“These clinical trials for Australian patients serve a dual purpose,” Minister Ley said.

“They offer hope to current MND patients by making cutting-edge treatments available to patients sooner through clinical trials, and they also help Australia’s brilliant researchers gather the evidence they need to develop a cure for MND patients here, and around the world.

“Together, the Government, the Cure4MND Foundation and the community, we take another step on the road to find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease.”

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