The University of Sheffield has been awarded the Queens Anniversary Prize. The prize recently awarded to SITraN is unique in the honours system and only bestowed upon a UK college or university which demonstrates new and innovative approaches to its research and development that have delivered benefits to the public at local, national and global levels.
Achievements highlighted by the award include:
- a new orthotic device, ‘HeadUp’, for patients living with MND who suffer from muscle weakness in their neck
- ground-breaking clinical stem cell clinical trials for MS patients
- research which has improved the life-expectancy and quality of life for those living with MND
- the discovery of a biomarker linked to the development of Alzheimer’s Disease for the first time, which has the potential for earlier diagnosis and has sparked the development of new therapies
- drug discovery programmes to develop new treatments for Parkinson’s Disease
- new gene therapy experimental medicine studies for MND which are showing promising early results
Professor Dame Pamela Shaw, Director of SITraN, said: “Receiving this award is a great honour. It gives recognition to our research teams who have made enormous scientific progress in treating some of the most devastating neurological diseases, making a real difference to patients’ lives. “We hope that this award will inspire confidence for patients and their families, research partners and donors as we continue to make discoveries that deepen the understanding of neurological diseases and open up the potential for new treatments and therapies.”
Professor Koen Lamberts, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “It’s wonderful to see the Queen’s Anniversary Award recognising the University of Sheffield as a centre for excellence in neuroscience research and teaching which has the power to transform people’s lives.”
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