In 1963, Hawking contracted motor neurone disease and was given two years to live. Yet he went on to Cambridge to become a brilliant researcher and Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius College. From 1979 to 2009 he held the post of Lucasian Professor at Cambridge, the chair held by Isaac Newton in 1663. Professor Hawking has over a dozen honorary degrees and was awarded the CBE in 1982. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the US National Academy of Science. Stephen Hawking is regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein.
The MND Association funds and promotes research to understand what causes MND, how to diagnose it and, most importantly, how to effectively treat it so that it no longer devastates lives.
This blog aims to provide you with up-to-date information on the Research Development team’s activities as well as the latest news on MND research.
The MND Association has translated guides and information sheets into many languages; follow the link to download a PDF in your language, including Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, Gujarati, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu and Welsh.
This page explores how to manage daily living with MND. The challenges can feel overwhelming, but support and planning ahead can help you maintain the best possible quality of life. Categories include: Mobility and personal care; Speech and communication; Swallowing, eating and drinking; Relationships and family; Emotions, thinking and behavior; and Breathing and ventilation.
Motor neurone disease (MND) describes a group of diseases that affect the nerves (motor neurones) in the brain and spinal cord that tell your muscles what to do. With MND, messages from these nerves gradually stop reaching the muscles, leading them to weaken, stiffen and waste.