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How zebrafish help to study neurological disorders

Read the new feature in the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation Newsletter AG5.jpg on how Dr. Andrew Grierson’s group at SITraN uses a zebrafish model to study Charcot Marie Tooth Disease (CMT).

CMT is the most common inherited disorder affecting the nervous system with more than 20.000 people affected in the UK. The as yet incurable disease typically causes progressive weakness and long-term pain in the feet leading to walking difficulties.

For more information read the team’s research paper in PLOS ONE.


Out Now: SITraN Newletter April 2014

Out Now: SITraN Newletter April 2014

We have put together all our latest news and highlights from SITraN for you to browse - ourNesletter_4_2014_cover.png research news, features on drug re-purposing and the use of zebrafish to find new therapies, an update on our clinical studies, fundraising stories and much much more.

We hope you enjoy reading! SITraN_Newsletter_April_2014

For any comments, further information or feedback, please email


Good Luck to our resident fundraisers

As many of you know a number of our SITraN colleagues and friends are running the Sheffield half marathon this Sunday, while our department manager Kevin is doing the Paris marathon. They have all been training hard, through illness and injury in some cases, and the run will be a massive challenge for many of them.

Their aim is to raise £10,000 to share between SITraN (to pay for new equipment) and the South Yorkshire MND Association branch to help the local patients who are central to our research.  So far they have raised a massive £5,768.14 -  thank you to everyone who has sponsored them, for those who haven’t got round to it yet their fundraising page can be found here:

It is never too late to join the Streaking Meerkats, anyone can enter the 3K fun run on the day which sets off from the Don Valley Bowl just after the half marathon runners at 9am. The local branch will have a stand and spare t-shirts for anyone who wants to join in.

Lastly, give the meerkats a wave. The local branch have a supports spot on Ecclesall Road, outside Lobby Toffs hairdresser (440 Ecclesall Rd, opposite Berkley precinct). They would appreciate a big cheer just past the half way mark.


Professor Annalena Venneri appointed as new Scientific Director at St. Camillo, Institute for Health Care Research and Rehabilitation

Professor Annalena Venneri, Head of the Translational Neuropsychology Group in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield has been appointed as the new Scientific Director of the Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Health Care (IRCCS) San Camillo Hospital in Venice.

In addition to being one of the few women in Italy to receive tAV_new_2014.jpghe position of Scientific Director, the appointment is also an example of how a high-profile professional researching abroad can make their contribution to research in Italy.

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Parkinson's UK Interview with Dr. Heather Mortiboys

The UK’s leading Parkinson’s research charity Parkinson’s UK has chosen Dr. Heather Mortiboys at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) for a prestigious Career Development Award worth £249,565 to find existing drugs with potential to treat Parkinson’s.

Read Dr. Mortiboys' interview on what inspired her interest in Parkinson's research and her hopes for her project in the current issue of the Parkinson's UK Magazine "Progress".

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