This includes two recent positive studies, one from the University of Sydney and the other from the University of Edinburgh.
At the University of Sydney, scientists have discovered an abnormal protein present in all forms of MND.
Publishing their results in the Brain journal, the team has confirmed their study is the first to confirm the presence of these toxic changes.
Professor Kay, senior author of the study, said: “It is a big step in advancing our understanding of motor neuron disease. Our findings will direct further research and could ultimately lead to more effective treatments.”