University of Sheffields work praised at Buckingham Palace

University of Sheffield's work praised at Buckingham Palace

 February 25, 2020

Neuroscience research at the University of Sheffield has been recognised for the real benefits it is delivering to the public in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

The university was presented with the Queen’s Anniversary Prize (QAP) medal and scroll by TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.

The prize is the fifth presented to the University of Sheffield, and recognises the work that the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) does to improve patient outcomes for people living with neurodegenerative diseases.

Sheffield researchers make life-changing discoveries

HRH The Queen and Dame Pamela Shaw

Professor Dame Pamela Shaw, Director of SITraN and the NIHR Sheffield Biomedical Research Centre, said “This prize recognises the University of Sheffield as a centre for excellence in neuroscience research and teaching, where our researchers are making life-changing discoveries and progress in treating some of the most devastating neurological diseases, making a real difference to patients’ lives.

“As well as making life-changing discoveries today, we are also nurturing the next generation of talented neuroscience students, whose research will lead to pioneering treatments for those living with neurological diseases in the future.

“We hope this award will help inspire confidence in 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.”

A range of impressive achievements highlighted

Achievements highlighted by the award include:

  • a new orthotic device, ‘HeadUp’, developed for patients living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) who suffer from muscle weakness in the neck
  • groundbreaking stem cell clinical trials for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients
  • the discovery of a first biomarker linked to the development of Alzheimer’s Disease which has the potential for earlier diagnosis and has sparked the development of new therapies
  • new drug discovery programmes to develop new treatments for Parkinson’s Disease
  • new gene therapy treatments for patients with Motor Neurone Disease

The prize is unique in the UK honours system, as it is only bestowed upon a UK college or university which demonstrates new and unique innovative approaches to its research.

Join the University of Sheffield's important work

SITraN’s vision is to harness the rapidly emerging, exciting developments in neuroscience to translate into new treatments and improved quality of life for patients with neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease, MND, Alzheimer’s Disease, MS and Dementia.

To join the important work taking place at the University of Sheffield, search and apply for current job vacancies.


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