Edging closer to understanding Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
A lot has happened since we first introduced you to world-renowned researcher, Professor Justin Yerbury AM, a molecular biologist at the University of Wollongong, who has dedicated his life to solving the puzzle that is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – or Motor Neurone Disease (MND) – as it is known in Australia. Over the years, research has discovered that motor neurons in both the motor cortex and spinal cord degenerate and die in a progressive manner, which ultimately leads to mortality. ALS can strike without warning and progress rapidly, devastating those in its path. Approximately five to 10 per cent of all cases of ALS are inherited and caused by faulty genes. The remaining 90 per cent of cases are random or sporadic. The underlying cause of these cases is still unknown.