UK MND Research Studies

UK MND Clinical Research Studies & Clinical Trials

There are many clinical research projects taking place across the UK. This page summarises the clinical trials, studies and scientific projects that patients, carers and family members can get involved in.  All studies have gained the relevant ethical and research governance approvals to recruit participants in the UK. Please be aware that all studies are required to have eligibility criteria to ensure that the research question is answered, therefore it might be that some of the studies listed may not be suitable for you to participate in.

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Once studies have closed to recruitment, they are moved to this page.  Over time, we hope this will become a central source of information to inform people about the results of research studies, and how their outcomes may contribute towards improving the lives of people affected by MND.


Biogen SOD1

A Study to Evaluate the Efficacy, Safety, Tolerability, Pharmacokinetics, and Pharmacodynamics of BIIB067 Administered to Adult Subjects with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Confirmed Superoxide Dismutase 1 Mutation. Read more

Biogen C9orf72

A Phase 1 Multiple-Ascending-Dose Study to Assess the Safety, Tolerability, and Pharmacokinetics of BIIB078 Administered Intrathecally to Adults with C9ORF72-Associated Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Read more


A phase 2/3 multi-arm adaptive randomised controlled trial in patients with motor neurone disease (MND). Read more


A Phase 3, multi-centre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study to evaluate Safety and Efficacy of Tauroursodeoxycholic (TUDCA) as add-on Treatment in Patients Affected by Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Read more

ILB Trial

A phase 2 study to determine the safety and tolerability of ILB , a type of low molecular weight dextran sulfate, in patients with Motor Neurone Disease (MND)/ Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)  Read more


REVEALS Respiratory Registry

The overall aim of this study is to identify the most appropriate outcome measures to detect meaningful clinical differences in breathing and cough muscle strength which can be used in future studies to evaluate the effectiveness of new treatments. Read more



PostGas Study

The study aims to evaluate current clinical practice in relation to post-gastrostomy nutritional care of  patients with MND; understand the nutritional requirements of patients, particularly the quantity and quality of nutritional support that patients receive after gastrostomy; and to explore the factors than can lead to continuing weight loss after the procedure. Read more

HighCALS Intervention Development Study

HighCALS is a large programme of research to develop and test a nutritional support framework for people with MND. This part of the project aims to find out about MND patients’, carers’ and healthcare professionals’ views on what promotes or prevents best nutritional practice. We will use this information to  develop and test a nutritional support package for people with MND. Read more

DiAMOND study

The aim of this study is to develop and pilot a web-based decision aid to support individuals with motor neurone disease (MND) choose whether to have a gastrostomy feeding tube. Read more


ProSec Study

The findings of this research will provide a comprehensive description of the burden of saliva problems for individuals living with MND and how they are currently managed. Read more


ALSFRS-R Online Validation Study

This study aims to validate patients completing the ALSFRS-R themselves online. Read more


COMMEND Randomised Controlled Trial

This study aims to establish the clinical and cost effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) plus usual multidisciplinary care for people with MND compared to usual multidisciplinary care alone. Read more

Change in MND

This study aims to assess how everyday life and functioning factors associate with cognitive and behavioural impairment in people with MND and how this effects the family unit. Read more

Measuring Cognitive and Behavioural Change in ALS

The study aims to compare the ability of MND-specific screening assessments to identify people as cognitively or behaviourally impaired, to determine which is the best neuropsychological screening test of cognitive impairment in MND. Read more

MiNDToolkit Feasibility Study

This study is assessing the feasibility of using a newly developed toolkit with caregivers to detect changes in behaviour and/or thinking of patients with MND. Read more


NiSALS – Contributing Clinical MRI Scans to Multi-Centre Collaborations

NiSALS is an international collaboration of neuroscience centres involved in research in MND. Read more


The study aims to understand the possible cause of ALS by using advanced imaging techniques (PET-MRI) to investigate the disruption of mitochondrial (the source of energy of brain cells) and synaptic (the links between nerve cells that allow communication and control of movements) function and their relationship to disease burden in patients with ALS. Read more


The purpose of this study is to genetically screen 150 MND patients and 50 family members, to identify genetic variations causative for Motor Neurone Disease Read more



This study will analyse thousands of samples taken from participants. They will look at how motor neurone disease progresses in different people. This will help us better understand the various types of MND and how each type affects those living with the disease. Read more

ALS Biomarkers Study

The main goal of this study is to establish a biological repository that covers the natural history of the disease and provides the experimental platform to test novel biomarkers to evaluate prognosis and treatment response in affected individuals and to help develop clinical trials. Read more


Motor System Genomics

We are studying biological fluid samples collected from MND patients, family members, disease controls (patients with other motor system disorders and neurological conditions) and healthy controls to identify markers that could be used to aid diagnosis. Read more

NRF2 Biomarkers Study

This study aims to assess techniques for measuring glutathione levels in the central nervous system of MND patients and controls using MRI, and also in CSF and blood samples. It may then be possible to use these techniques in future trials of NRF2-activating drugs to assess how well they work in the body. Read more


C9orf72 Cohort Study

The study aims to identify a cohort of C9orf72 patients and asymptomatic carriers and the characterise the disease course (including pre-dating the onset of clinical symptoms in pre-symptomatic carriers) using biomarkers, with supporting clinical and genetic data, including progression rates and regional involvement. Read more

Trajectories of Outcome in Neurological Conditions (TONiC)

TONiC is a national study examining the factors that influence quality of life in people with neurological conditions. Read more

MND Register

The study is led by Professor Ammar Al-Chalabi at King’s College London and by Professor Kevin Talbot at Oxford University. It will collect information about every person living with MND. Read more


Non-Portfolio Studies

There are also studies happening within the UK that are not eligible to be included on the UKCRN Portfolio of Studies.  The MND Clinical Studies Group is not responsible for these studies and does not actively monitor them.  We provide details of the studies we are made aware of below, to allow potential participants to liaise with the study teams directly if they wish to find out full details:

CNS Tissue donation:  There are several post-mortem tissue banks, which is where central nervous system (CNS) tissue can be donated, after someone’s death, for use in research projects.  Visit the MRC Directory of Tissue Banks.