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A new collaboration with Bangladesh

Prof. Dame Pamela Shaw, Prof.Paul Ince and Prof. Ann Dalton, Director of Sheffield Diagnostic Genetics Service at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital travelled to Bangladesh last week to meet with the Director of Dhaka Shishu Hospital, Prof. Abdul Aziz and Dr. Sanjan Das, the founder of Barisal Biotechnology. 

On the 25th of March, a memorandum of understanding between the University of Sheffield UK, Dhaka Shishu Hospital and Barisal Biotechnology UK Ltd was signed to cooperate to improve health in Bangladesh by developing training opportunities for scientific and clinical staff and programs in teaching, research and clinical care provision.

 Barisal Biotech is a life sciences company with a focus on transferring UK healthcare, science knowhow, products, and knowledge based services into developing countries and worldwide, whose current focus is on Bangladesh. 

This collaboration with Dhaka Shishu Hospital is aligned with the Centre for Genomic Medicine in Dhaka, which is part of the Bangladesh Diabetic Association (BADAS) as part of a newborn screening programme. These new working links are aligned with the University of Sheffield’s ‘think global’ internationalization initiative to develop transformational change in healthcare through multidisciplinary and multicountry partnerships.

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New website launch for NIHR Sheffield Biomedical Research Centre

The Sheffield Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is focused on the pull through of translational neuroscience discoveries in neurodegeneration, neuroinflammation and cerebrovascular disease into clinical studies and experimental medicine trials. This is a cross-faculty University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust collaboration, the first of it's kind in Sheffield and one of 20 NIHR BRCs around the UK. The Sheffield BRC is built in large part on the world-leading work of SITraN and offers new opportunities to progress the work done here along the tranlsational pipeline.  

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Two Day Hackathon To Improve Medicine & Healthcare - March 2018

There are many problems that plague medicine and healthcare. It is a wonder why these problems still exist, given how crucial health is to everyone here on Earth.

What better way to accelerate the solving of these problems by integrating technology into our radical solutions, while providing a safe, creative environment for people to do so?

HackMed aims to bring together hackers, dreamers, and doers to solve problems related to humanity’s elementary need, health.

HackMed is a medical hackathon aimed at developing creative solutions to solve problems within medicine and healthcare. It is a student-run event for individuals from various backgrounds interested in the crossroads of life sciences and technology.

Throughout the weekend, hackers at HackMed will have a unique opportunity to learn from each other, build awesome projects together, and share them with other hackers. This will allow a multi-disciplinary mesh of people working on developing solutions to pressing problems within healthcare and medicine.

For further information and to apply to join, please click here


SITraN High Content Screening Picture Competition 2017 Winner Announced

  • The competition ran from Monday 16th October until 30th October
  • Tweeters voted for their favourite image generated by the PerkinElmer Opera Phenix High-Content screening system by liking a tweet of the picture
  • Mohammed Karami has been announced winner and received a cheque of £500 from Perkin Elmer for High-Content-Imaging work from SITraN to be presented at an industry conference
  • See the shortlisted entries, runners up and terms and conditions below

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Video information website myTube, by patients for patients is named 'Nutrition Resource of 2017' by top public health & primary care nutrition publication

Pioneering patient-led information website myTube is announced winner of the Nutrition Resource of the Year award by Complete Nutrition Magazine - The UK’s No.1 clinical, medical & health nutrition publication

Patients and carers shared their insights into difficult care decisions they have faced in living with Motor Neuron Disease and made a pragmatic, honest and personal video resource website to inform others thinking about  tube feeding in case of compromised eating and swallowing. The patients and carers took the research done at SITraN by Prof Chris McDermott’s team and made it real and relevant to everyday life for those affected by MND. 

The myTube team included patients and carers and past members of the South Yorkshire MND Association and members of the Sheffield MND Research Advisory Group of patients and the public, SITraN researchers, and Registered Nurse filmmaker and videographer Cathy Soreny to record patient stories about having a Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube fitted.  From thinking about it, deciding to have it, deciding not to have it, and the practical reality of living with and caring for someone with a gastrotomy feeding tube, a wealth of lived experience is conveyed in the collection of short videos on the user-friendly website (web design by Ammba Digital).

The myTube team had this to say:

“The whole MyTube Team are very pleased to accept this Award from Complete Nutrition. It is great recognition of not only the final resource, but also the methods used during its development. The current evidence about decision making prior to having a gastrostomy feeding tube placed was interpreted and presented under the expert guidance of our patients living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and their families. The collaborative process followed, allowed the relevant clinical information to be translated through the words of the patient themselves in a series of short films. We are so pleased that the health professionals who have voted for MyTube recognise the value of this resource, and we hope that they will continue to recommend it to patients living with MND who are making the decision about gastrostomy tube placement.”

The myTube website is great example of what can be achieved to benefit patient's and carer's lives through their involvement in research, providing a great, independent online resource for those facing a similar challenge. 

The myTube project was co-funded by the MND Association and Westfield Health Charitable Trust.

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