About us

MLD Support Association UK was set up to bring hope to families in the fight to eradicate Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD). Our primary aim is to provide support to families, personally, through our Website and Facebook group and at annual Family Conferences and Fun Days. This enables families to share their experiences of living with MLD.

As MLD is a rare disease, many health professionals know very little about the symptoms and outcomes. MLD Support Association UK is committed to providing information to ensure a correct diagnosis and also to provide current details of on-going care or treatment options.

We also support research into therapeutic procedures for MLD through research grants to institutes specialising in MLD research.

We are currently working on a Registry of all known cases of MLD in the UK. Patient information in this Registry will be used to create a natural history of MLD types for research and experimental clinical trials.

MLD Support Association also organises a bi-annual Scientific Conference where scientists and clinicians who specialise in Leukodystrophies can meet up to learn about current treatment and research.

Family Support

MLD Support Association UK was set up by two families who have a child with MLD. We understand how life-shattering the diagnosis can be and how alone you are feeling.

The primary aim of MLD Support Association UK is to support and assist families affected by MLD, personally, through our Website and our Facebook group and at our Family Conferences and Fun Days. This enables families to share their experiences of living with MLD.

We also have a Clinical Health Advisor with a background of nursing and metabolic medicine, who is able to visit newly-diagnosed families and offer advice and support.

MLD Support Association UK, Snowdrop a symbol of hope

The snowdrop, a symbol of hope

We adopted a snowdrop as our emblem for two reasons. Firstly, because it is a symbol of hope that signals the end of winter, and secondly because the flower’s whiteness reminds us of the brain and central nervous system’s white matter which is directly affected by MLD.