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Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Study Day Date: Thursday 8th May 2014

All medical, health and social care professionals are invited to an educational study day with MND and Palliative Care specialists at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) at the University of Sheffield.

The study day will offer an overview of the use of NIV and the Palliative care issues in MND especially towards the End of Life. Full details of the programme can be seen here.

Consultant Neurologists, Palliative Care Consultants, MND specialists and
representatives of relevant equipment providers and charities will be present.

Price: £45/head (including lunch and refreshments).

Full booking and payment can be made online by clicking here or you can use the printable booking form with instructions on payment which you can access here. If you have any further questions about this study day please contact or 0114 222 2289.


Neurocare funds cutting edge microscope to advance SITraN research

A key piece of equipment for SITraN has been generously funded by the Sheffield based charity Neurocare and is now being installed at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN). “Thanks to the state-of-the-art image capture and analysis system we will be able to produce high quality images and accelerate our research into neurodegenerative diseases,” predicts researcher Dr Julie Simpson. “We are delighted and very grateful for the funding provided by Neurocare for the new microscope which will make a big difference to our work.”

PhD student Alex McGown looking at a 2 day old zebrafish with the
new microscope funded by Neurocare.

Due to SITraN’s success and the increNC3.jpgase in the number of researchers who need microscope access on a daily basis, the new microscope was urgently needed, explains Dr Simpson. The new equipment will add to the existing, over 10-year-old imaging system and will add increased functionality and state-of-the art computer-aided analysis to produce high quality, quantifiable data needed to stand up to the rigorous requirements of today’s research. Moreover, the equipment will be invaluable for the training of the next generation of neuroscience researchers. “We are very proud to be able to fund the new equipment which has the potential to make a major impact on the visibility of neurodegenerative diseases in the UK. We are delighted to be able to support this type of research at SITraN which can potentially bring new treatments and new hope to patients and carers,” says Corin McCann, Senior Fundraiser at Neurocare.

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Patricia Mitchell and Amy Tingle from Neurocare visited
SITraN to see the microscope in action

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Sheffield Researchers Streak Towards The Finishing Line

A neuroscientist and a lab coat wearing meerkat are among a special group of 36 runners limbering up for this year’s Sheffield Half Marathon.

The Streaking Meerkats have been brought together by Dr Emily Goodall, (32) a scientist at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), and her trusty sidekick and Team Captain - Mo LeCule the meerkat. The team are running for the South Yorkshire branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association as well as raising vital funds for new equipment at SITraN, where Emily has been conducting research into potential causes of the terminal illness for over six years. They aim to raise £10,000.

Streaking Meercats

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Would you like to be the cure for blood cancer?

Come along to a one-off lecture Mon 17th March 2:00-2:30pm SITraN

Sheffield Marrow recruit wonderful people like YOU onto the stem cell register. For patients with blood cancers like leukaemia, often their last chance at life is in the form of a LIFESAVING stem cell transplant. It's so important that we can expand the register and educate as many people as possible about this wonderful gift that we could provide. I will be talking about the science behind stem cell donation and the impact it can have on people's lives using real life stories tomorrow!

Any questions please get in touch with me on


SITraN Open Day 11 July 2014


SITraN will once again open its doors for its annual public open day to give visitors an insight into the research undertaken at the Institute. Everyone is invited to join in the day of talks, tours and demonstrations.

A programme of activities and talks will be held on the afternoon of Friday 11th July 2014. The programme is currently being developed and will be released shortly.

Please e-mail to register your interest in attending the Open Day or phone 0114 2222250.

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