A tribute to Doddie Weir

The University is saddened to hear of the death of Scottish Rugby legend and MND ambassador George “Doddie” Weir OBE.

Doddie Weir (right) at a MND charity event with Euan MacDonald (centre, bottom), co-founder of The Euan MacDonald Centre
Doddie Weir (right) at a MND charity event with Euan MacDonald (centre, bottom), co-founder of the Euan MacDonald Centre

Mr Weir died on Saturday 26 November, five years after being diagnosed with motor neuron disease (MND).

Following his diagnosis, he devoted his time to champion for people with MND and had founded the charity, ‘My Name’5 Doddie Foundation’ to help improve the lives of those affected by the disease.

The ‘My Name’5 Doddie Foundation’ has directly funded research at the University’s Euan MacDonald Centre for MND Research, including the Centre’s ground-breaking clinical trial, MND-SMART.

The Euan MacDonald Centre was founded in 2007 by Euan MacDonald MBE, who is living with MND, and his father Donald MacDonald CBE. This 200-person Scotland-wide research initiative supports and undertakes cutting-edge research into MND as well as training the next generation of research leaders.

All of us at The Euan MacDonald Centre are extremely saddened to hear that Doddie has died. His drive to make a difference for everyone diagnosed with MND today and in the future is an inspiration. I believe his efforts have brought forward the day when effective treatments for MND will become available. Our thoughts are with Kathy, Hamish, Angus, Ben and friends at this time.

Professor Siddharthan ChandranDirector of the Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neuron Disease Research at the University of Edinburgh and an international leader in MND research

Related links

The Doddie Weir Foundation

The Euan MacDonald Centre

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