Announcing our campaign for the Sheffield Scanner 

Sheffield Scanner

The University of Sheffield has today (27 February 2017) launched an appeal to raise £2 million to bring the future of medical imaging to Yorkshire which will help to transform research into a number of life-changing diseases.

The Sheffield Scanner campaign aims to raise vital funds needed to bring the first MRI-PET scanner to the city and will transform our understanding of serious conditions such as: Alzheimer’s disease; cancer; epilepsy; heart and lung disease; Motor Neuron Disease (MND); Multiple Sclerosis; Parkinson’s disease and stroke, and the way we treat them in the future.

An MRI-PET scanner produces the most highly detailed pictures of the inside of the body available. It combines the simultaneous power of whole body Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) in a single scan to provide superior information of the organs, tissues, and structures in the body and how well they are functioning. This knowledge will help to answer major questions about disease and identify faster and better ways to detect, treat and prevent ill health. It will enable researchers to translate exciting discoveries from the laboratory into clinical trials to develop new therapies and better outcomes for patients. Breakthroughs in research will lead to faster and better diagnosis and treatment of disease.

In hospital, the new scanner would provide doctors with a more precise and accurate assessment of serious conditions leading to better care and monitoring of patients.

Professor Dame Pamela Shaw, Vice-President & Head of Faculty (Medicine, Dentistry and Health) at the University of Sheffield and Founding Director of the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), said:

“The chances are your life, or that of someone close to you, has been affected by medical research.

“With this innovative technology our ambition is to develop new knowledge and treatments for patients more rapidly.

“The University of Sheffield is an outstanding centre for health research and is committed to finding new solutions to the significant health challenges facing us today. We have won worldwide acclaim for our work so far but to achieve even more, we need your help.”

Tony Pedder, OBE, Chairman of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“A new MRI-PET facility would further enhance the vital partnership between the University and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. It is this partnership that will enable us to translate new knowledge into new treatments more quickly. The ambition for MRI-PET has energised our entire scientific and clinical community and I hope it inspires other people to become involved too.”

The MRI-PET scanner

To make this life-changing project possible, the University will be working hard to meet the ambitious fundraising target, but would like members of the Sheffield community to support the campaign and help raise funds in any way they can.

The University will be hosting a number of exciting fundraising events throughout the year including The Big Walk 2017: 50 miles in 24 hours walking challenge, which will take place starting on Friday 30 June 2017.

Members of the public are invited to join staff, students and alumni to see how much of the 50-mile circular walk they can cover in 24 hours. The walk will start and finish at the Octagon on Western Bank and will take in stunning scenery in the Peak District including Stanage, Burbage, Bakewell, the Chatsworth Estate, Froggatt and Curbar Edge.

For more information about the Sheffield Scanner and to donate please visit the Sheffield Scanner web pages, and to keep in touch with all the latest campaign news follow the Sheffield Scanner Facebook and Twitter pages.

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