09 November 2011

SITraN - ‘One year old and a lifetime of possibilities’ - Alumni Reception, 8 November 2011

Sheffield alumni from the local area enjoyed a visit to the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) for a drinks’ reception, talks from academics and a tour of the building.

Image of the SITraN entrance

Guests were welcomed by staff from the Development and Alumni Relations team and were able to mix with other alumni and staff from SITraN over drinks and nibbles, before sitting down in the large multi-functional lecture space to listen to talks from senior academics, introduced by Director of Development Mr Miles Stevenson.

Professor Pam Shaw, Director of SITraN and Professor of Neurology, gave an overview of the work carried out at SITraN, highlighting key research, particularly into Motor Neuron Disease (MND) that has taken place there since it was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh on 18 November 2010.

Talks were then delivered by Dr Oliver Bandmann, Reader in Neurology on his work into the neurodegenerative condition Parkinson’s Disease (PD), followed by Professor Mimoun Azzouz, Chair in Translational Neuroscience, on research currently being undertaken into treatments for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), currently one of the most common genetic causes of death in childhood.

Alumni guests were then given the opportunity to take tours of the building with members of the SITraN team, where they were shown into labs where research into the conditions mentioned above takes place. They were also shown key pieces of equipment, which staff use daily to carry out vital research procedures.

The evening was a great success and enabled alumni to see how their University is leading the way in crucial medical research, as well as engaging with fellow alumni from various year groups and disciplines.

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Donations to support work at SITraN can be made through the Department of Neuroscience via the Online Donations page.