Unlocking the mystery of Motor Neurone Disease
Professor Dominic Rowe is a neurologist at Macquarie University specialising in neurodegenerative diseases. Most of his patients have Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s or Motor Neurone Disease (MND). These conditions are debilitating, incurable and there’s still much about them that puzzles the medical community. MND has the worst prognosis, with an average life expectancy of 2 and a half years. Dominic faces the daily reality of delivering the most devastating possible news to people, yet he continues to be amazed by the courage shown by his patients. He’s involved in two clinical trials of drugs that could slow the progression of these diseases. And he’s looking at the potential environmental factors that may trigger the death of neurons in the brain.
Dominic Rowe is asking how common degenerative brain diseases begin