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News Archive: 2014

February 2014

The Streaking Meerkats

The Streaking Meerkats are a team raising money for the Sheffield Institute for Translational Research (SITraN) and Motor Neurone Disease Association by completing the Sheffield Half Marathon in April 2014. Both charities are leading lights in the fight against Motor Neurone Disease (MND), a cause which is close to the hearts of many team members.


Quote from Emily Goodall (SMND RAG member and researcher at SITraN) – I only started running a few months ago so the half marathon is a real challenge! All the training will be worth it on the day to see over 30 runners line up in MND t-shirts, great awareness and a quirky team name will hopefully attach attention and donations for MND research.

Mo Lecule

news.h6Mo Lecule, the MND Awareness meerkat – Mo is a lab coat wearing meerkat with a mission to raise awareness of MND.  With his own Twitter account (@Mo_MND) and Facebook page.  Emily Goodall has been surprised and delighted by the response to Mo Lecule, what started as a meerkat in a lab coat has snowballed into a large social media following.  Mo has been involved at two national and two international conferences, met the Duke of Devonshire, made an appearance on BBC radio and still finds time to be in the lab doing experiments.

Emily’s hope is Mo will make the research we do in SITraN more accessible and help raise awareness.

January 2014

Abseil event

The South Yorkshire Branch of the MNDA have organised an abseil event ‘Jump for MND’ on Saturday 12th April 2014 at Millers Dale, Derbyshire and if the demand dictates they will be repeating the event on Sunday 13th April so you will need to be prepared for either days.  Please click here for further information.

To register and for further details, including payment instructions please email

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