About MND research

New Zealand research

Genetics Study

Dr Emma Scotter (Centre for Brain Research, The University of Auckland), Dr Richard Roxburgh (Neurogenetics Clinic, Auckland City Hospital), and collaborators are now recruiting for a study of the genetics of motor neurone disease in New Zealand. They invite people with MND (familial or sporadic, total 300 people) and people without MND and no family history of MND (total 30 people) to participate.

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Massey University Research Study

MND New Zealand supports the Occupation and Environmental Risk Factors for MND study conducted by the Centre for Public Health Research at Massey University in Wellington.

The study investigated the relationship between MND in New Zealand and a range of known or suspected occupational and environmental exposures.

Preliminary results indicate elevated risks for those working in agriculture (in particular horticulture and fruit growing), construction, automotive fuel retailing and computer services.

The first paper and findings – Occupation and Motor Neurone Disease: A New Zealand case-control study – has been published in Occupational & Environmental Medicine. 

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If you have questions about the study, then please contact:


Grace Chen

Freephone: 0800 793 121


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