Dr Benjamin Trist was invited to give the keynote presentation at MND New South Wales’ 2022 Day of Hope and Remembrance, where he showcased his recent work describing the role of superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) protein in motor neuron degeneration in genetic and non-inherited forms of ALS. Ben’s presentation aimed to provide patients and carers within the MND community with an insight into the exciting research being conducted in the field, and instil in them a sense of hope that we are edging ever closer towards identifying effective treatments capable of slowing or halting the progression of this devastating disorder. Ben was given the honour of lighting a candle on behalf of all MND researchers in memoriam of those who we have lost to the disease and in support of those who continue to suffer from it.

His keynote talk will be highlighting his latest research featured in recent publications in Brain and Acta Neuropathologica Communications (https://actaneurocomms.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40478-022-01421-9).