Dr Richard Orrell is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, UCL Institute of Neurology, London. He is also consultant neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (UCLH NHS Foundation Trust), Royal Free Hospital (Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust) and QE2 Hospital Welwyn Garden City (East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust). Dr Orrell has a long standing interest in clinical and molecular genetic studies of motor neuron disease. He has been local PI in clinical trails in MND/ALS. He is Co-Director of the Motor Neuron Disease Care and Research Centre at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London.