In partnership with patients and carers

SITraN building

Advisory group puts researchers in touch with the people whose lives they hope to change.

Researchers at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) have helped to establish the Sheffield Motor Neurone Disease Research Advisory Group (SMND RAG), which makes patients and carers an integral part of the research process.

Coordinated by Hannah Hollinger, a specialist nurse, the group includes patients, their carers and others affected by motor neurone disease (MND).

Partnering with patients and carers makes SITraN even stronger: a multidisciplinary centre in constant dialogue with the people it wants to help.

Their close involvement enhances the quality of our research and our ability to win funding.

Making patients and carers partners means we can include their perspectives in research proposals.

Their input helps us to communicate our findings more clearly, building public trust and making more research possible. Their personal experience gives us an extra dimension of insight that can’t be attained via more traditional methods.

SITraN is one of the world’s leading centres for research into MND, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. From basic neuroscience research to new therapies and clinical trials, SITraN’s effectiveness is rooted in its coordinated approach.

By bringing together experts from multiple disciplines, SITraN can work on every aspect of a problem at once. Partnering with patients and carers makes it even stronger: a multidisciplinary centre in constant dialogue with the people it wants to help.