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Congratulations on SITraN staff promotions

We are delighted to congratulate our Departmental staff who have achieved promotion this Year: Dr Oliver Bandmann, Professor of Movement Disorders Neurology and Dr Stephen Wharton, Professor of Neuropathology, Dr Chris McDermott, Reader in Neurology and Helen Hickson, PGT Administrator.


Fundraising Team go the Extra Mile

Big hearted fundraisers from Chesterfield Royal Hospital and the University of Sheffield have raised over £4,000 to help one of the country's leading medical research programmes.


As a spectator of the Great Yorkshire Run in 2012, Rick King the Team Coatsey captain and hospital employee noticed that many people were running in memory of friends and loved ones. Rick decided that it would be a good idea to pull together a group of workmates in the Estates Department at Chesterfield Royal Hospital to run the 2013 Great Yorkshire Run to raise money for a work colleague Chris Coates who was suffering with Motor Neurone Disease. The intention was to help raise funds to pay for some equipment to make Chris’s life easier. Only a week after the run, the Estates Department was shocked to hear of the passing of Chris. This made it all the more poignant to do something in his memory.

Team Coatsey was born and it was decided that all funds should be raised in memory of Chris and donated to SITraN (The Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience). SITraN is one of the leading international centres for research into Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Alzheimer’s Disease, and unique to the UK. The SITraN team focus on experimental work in the laboratory, which is then translated into effective therapies for patients in the clinic.

“Although there was nothing that could be done for Chris, we hope that the money raised through sponsorship will be used to make even the smallest advances towards a cure and a longer life for future sufferers.” Rick King, Team Captain.

After some deliberation a target of £500 was set for Team Coatsey members to raise and the event chosen was the 2013 Great Yorkshire Run. With the support of the University of Sheffield's Development Office, the team raised the money via the Charity Choice giving web site, bucket collections and sponsorship forms. It is a fantastic testament to the time and energy that has been put in by the team members to raise over £4,000 and beat the original target. After the race the excitement around the team grew and some of the members completed the Bolsover 10K race to raise even more funds and into 2014, the Team are setting their sights on the first Chesterfield Marathon.


“I cannot fault the generosity of all the friends and family of Chris Coates who have dug deep – especially in these tough times and have donated to Team Coatsey. It has been an absolute pleasure to be a part of this special team and long may the fundraising continue” David Meadows, Development Officer and Team Coatsey member.

Members of Team Coatsey attended a special presentation evening at the Hospital and officially handed over their donation to SITraN. Andrew Jones of Chesterfield Royal Hospital said: “Team Coatsey should be extremely fulfilled with their achievements. I am proud to see members of our staff go literally the extra mile for such a good cause.”

SITraN and the University of Sheffield wishes to thank everyone who has made a contribution to help fight Motor Neurone Disease.

To make a donation to SITraN or for further information on how you can fundraise for SITraN, please e-mail or visit


“2014in2014” campaign launched at SITraN

How far would you go to fight motor neurone disease?

2,014 miles to run and cycle in the course of 2014 is the challenge the brothers Pete and John Collins and their friend Antony Oxley have set themselves in a bid to raise money and awareness for motor neurone disease (MND). The fundraisers who have all lost loved ones to MND presented their campaign “2014in2014” at a launch event on 23 January 2014 hosted by the University of Sheffield’s Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN). Highlights of the year-long challenge include a marathon through nine European countries in 24 hours, bike rides from John O’Groat’s to Land’s End and from Clumber to Humber, as well as a tour of the six big cricket grounds.


The trio invited their audience of family and friends, as well as their honorary guests the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Vickie Priestley and Professor Dame Pamela Shaw, Director of SITraN, to spread the word for their campaign; “We are looking for anyone who would like to join in the events as the 4th man on the team. We will need all the help we can get with our challenges and additional fundraising activities to reach our target of £30.000.” The money raised will be donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) for research into finding a therapy or cure for MND and improving the lives of MND patients.


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Regulars at one of Doncaster’s oldest pubs raise nearly £4000 for SITraN

salutation.gifCustomers of the newly-refurbished Salutation pub in Doncaster have raised nearly £4000 in just a few months for the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) at the University of Sheffield.

Gayle Bee, daughter of Sue, the landlady of the ‘Sal’, had the idea of supporting SITraN after her father Mark was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. “Sadly, dad died late last year” says Gayle, “but not before he knew that all our fund-raising efforts were being channelled into this vital work. SITraN are amazing and, to be honest, they are simply not appreciated enough for what they do, and what they have achieved.

“These are terrible and debilitating illnesses, and when a loved one falls victim to any one of them, it has an awful effect on them, and their family and friends. My dad was a Quality Control Officer; a very active, alert man, a very proud and private person, who we all loved dearly, but we could see the degeneration taking place in him. Nevertheless, he was a fighter, and he was still working up until five weeks before he died. He simply wouldn’t give in, even though every movement was a huge effort and, because of his determination and courage, we thought that we simply had to do something to raise some money in his memory.”

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Sheffield Dementia Research Forum: Promoting multidisciplinary exchange

Virtual human modelling, binaural sound immersion and enhanced living space approaches added to the more classical areas of dementia research of neuropathology, neuropsychological profiling and quality of life interventions at the “Dementia Research Forum” held on 10 January 2014 at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN). More than 80 dementia research and care professionals took part in an afternoon of multidisciplinary talks and networking organised in partnership with the Academic Directorate of Neuroscience at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Clinical Academic Staff from the Department of Neuroscience and researchers from the Institute for in silico Medicine (INSIGNEO) at the University of Sheffield. The event tackled a wide range of topics in dementia research and patient care, and was widely praised by participants for creating an opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange and for showcasing the multidisciplinary nature of the research already being carried out across Sheffield.


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