Our pioneering multiple sclerosis stem cell team are the winners of the national NHS Future Parliamentary Award!
The team, led by Professor Basil Sharrack, consultant neurologist and NIHR Sheffield BRC Investigator and Professor John Snowden, consultant haematologist, were named overall national winners of the NHS Future Award at the NHS Parliamentary Awards at the House of Commons on Wednesday 10 July.
The team of specialists pioneered the use of a breakthrough treatment; the first to significantly reverse disability in certain patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). The treatment called autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT) was featured in a BBC Panorama programme, and the team appeared on BBC Look North to spread the word.
The NHS Parliamentary Awards were launched in March this year and recognise the contribution made by individuals who work in and alongside the NHS. MPs were called upon to find and nominate those individuals or teams they thought have made the biggest improvements to health and care services in their constituencies across ten categories. MP Clive Betts nominated the Sheffield team.
The global impact of this treatment on patients with severe inflammatory MS has been confirmed by the published findings of the first randomised controlled trial in this field, the MIST trial, which showed that AHSCT stabilised the disease and reduced the level of disability to levels never previously seen before in research trials investigating new and emerging treatments for MS. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was the sole UK site involved in the trial.
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