We invite you to join us on Global Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Day, as IMB’s researchers shed light on how they are fighting into the future to create better health outcomes for MND patients. 

Dr Garton will share how she is researching the complexity of MND for disease detection and therapy development. This includes looking at genetic risk regions in individuals with disease to understand disease mechanisms and using methylation marks of cell-free DNA in blood as biomarker to improve diagnosis and disease tracking.

You can attend this event in person at IMB, including a complimentary afternoon tea and lab tour, or you can join us online via zoom.

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Meet the Researchers:

Dr Allan McRae

Dr McRae is an ARC Future Fellow and the head of the Systems Genomics Group at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, the University of Queensland. He obtained his PhD in livestock genetics 2006 at the University of Edinburgh, followed by postdoctoral research in human genomics at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and the University of Queensland. His research focuses on the development of statistical methodologies to integrate multiple layers of genomic data (including DNA sequencing, gene-expression and epigenetic data) to understand the regulation of the genome and its effect on variation in human complex traits and disease. He applies these techniques to the study of neurodegenerative disease, and in particular Motor Neurone Disease.

Dr Fleur Garton

Dr Fleur Garton is a molecular geneticist and MND theme leader within the Program of Complex Traits Genomics (PCTG). Garton joined the University of Queensland in 2016 with a research background in muscle function and neuromuscular disease. Her PhD at the University of Sydney (2014) had a molecular genetics focus (examining the role of a genetic variant on muscle function). Garton’s current research focuses on using genetics and genomics technologies to understand motor neurone disease.


About Meet the Researchers

Our Institute was built to inspire scientists, to cultivate interaction across a wide range of scientific disciplines, to generate adventurous innovative ideas, to foster revolutionary discoveries, and to translate our knowledge of nature to discover cures for a better world. Our researchers are the life force that makes this possible and drive incredible discoveries to save lives today and into the future.

Meet the Researchers series is your chance to connect in person and hear firsthand how they are advancing understanding in the life sciences, and learn what fuels their passion to close in gamechanger discoveries. 


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