//Could the cure for Alzheimer’s be found in the Sheffield City Region?

Published 19th December 2019 at 11:26am

Researchers are carrying out pioneering research into motor neurone disease, Alzheimer’s, chronic pain and strokes at a brand-new Neuroscience Institute in Sheffield.

The Neuroscience Institute aims to deepen our understanding of function and dysfunction of the nervous system in order to address the pain and suffering of those with chronic conditions. The institute will support over 100 neuroscientists and their teams in translational neuroscience, computational and systems neuroscience and sensory and developmental neuroscience.

Its talented teams work to advance fundamental neuroscience and harness new discoveries to enable a better understanding of how the brain and nervous system function in health and disease.

To improve our understanding of function and dysfunction of the nervous system the Neuroscience Institute involves over 100 neuroscientists and their teams from across the University of Sheffield. This broad range of expertise feeds into these research pillars:

  • Translational neuroscience
  • Computational and systems neuroscience
  • Sensory and developmental neuroscience
  • MRI brain scan

The Institute’s multidisciplinary research and cutting-edge facilities enable the latest scientific knowledge to be translated into real-world solutions and better outcomes for patients.

Its partnerships and connections with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – one of the largest and most successful University hospitals in the UK – makes Sheffield a world-leading translational neuroscience environment.

The Institute is working to address some of the most challenging problems in neuroscience. Its expertise spans many areas, from single-cell experiments to whole-brain neuroimaging and from modelling of disease to pioneering advanced therapy clinical trials for neurological disorders.

Collaboration is a key strength. The Neuroscience Institute works closely with patients affected by neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, as well as hearing and visual impairments and chronic pain. Its patients guide its research with their expertise.

Through its strengths in modelling, its extensive range of biosample resources, its innovative technologies and its work with patients, the Institute is able to attract and collaborate with other world-leading institutes and industrial partners. Embedding academic excellence within these partnerships ensures that the Neuroscience Institute’s work generates maximum value and impact.

The Institute’s collaborative and interdisciplinary approach means it can develop a deeper understanding of basic neuroscience and translate this into improvements for human health and wellbeing.

Find out more about the Neuroscience Institute here.

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