The group's mission is to empower and enable patient and public involvement in motor neurone disorders research

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July 2012

Medicine at the Nanoscale Event

This event will provide an insight into how the Sheffield University is working on drug delivery for the future using nanotechnology. With the aim of improving treatments for diseases such as motor neurone disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer as well as improving gene therapy and vaccines. Anyone wishing to attend please contact Karen Bennett ( or by phone on 0114 222 3693) to reserve you seat as numbers are limited.

June 2012

STH Website Features case study on SMND RAG

Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have composed and published a case study article on their website to raise awareness of SMND RAG and MND. The article can be viewed here.

Head up Project – User and carer participation wanted

The Head Up Project is an attempt to develop a neck collar specifically designed to support the needs of people with MND who experience neck weakness. The project will take place over the next 12 months. During this period we would like to draw on the knowledge of individuals with experience of MND. We will be running regular User/Carer group workshops based in Sheffield where we will show the latest designs and plans for our new neck collar. At the workshops we will gain User and Carer feedback on the design and modify the evolving neck collar to incorporate the priorities of individuals with experience of MND. Workshops will take place in Sheffield thus individuals would ideally live within an acceptable travelling distance. However, those that live further a field or are unable to travel may be able to contribute by other means (home visits, email etc). If you would like to be involved in one or all of the following:

  • Attendance of 1-4 user/carer workshops in Sheffield
  • Accepting home visit discussions (South Yorkshire area)
  • Email correspondence/feedback/knowledge transfer

Please contact Andrew Stanton for further information on the following details:

Tel: 01142256766

June 2012 is MND Awareness month

‘A Month for Optimism’ – the MNDA are running a campaign to increase awareness of the condition and raise money to support care services and research for MND patients. More information about these events can be seen here.

May 2012

SMND RAG in the News

Sheffield LINk (Local Involvement Network) has written an article about the SMND RAG to inform local people about the group and note that new members are welcome.  Sheffield LINk gives local people the chance to influence health and social care services in Sheffield, finding out what people like and dislike and then working with those who plan and run the services to improve them. Anyone living in Sheffield or travelling into the city to use health and social care services can get involved. Read the article on page 4 of the April 2012 bulletin.

LINk Bulletin 35. April 2012

December 2011

New group member

wyatt_sarahHello I’m Sarah; a photographer living in Derbyshire and the newest member of the Research Advisory Group.

My lovely Dad had MND and sadly passed away on October 6th 2011 after a valiant fight against the disease.  I joined just before Dad passed away and I’m so grateful that I had the chance to tell him about the group.  Although Dad had lost his speech he was still able to smile and put his thumb up in approval at me joining.  I told Dad that I was going to play a small part in finding a cure for MND and I’m not about to let him down.

The Group have made me feel so welcome and its brilliant to see how enthusiastic and positive everyone is. The SITraN scientists have made great progress in MND research already and this gives me hope that one-day a cure will be found.

July 2011

Patrick the Optimist exhibition secured in Ponds Forge

Thanks to group member Sarah Dunn the national MND awareness campaign “Incurable Optimism” will be coming to Ponds Forge in July/August.

June 2011

Welcome to new group member

Sarah Wyatt, from Denby Village. Look out for Sarah’s profile on our member pages soon.

Quarterly meeting update

Thank you to Dr Christopher McDermott for his excellent summary of the clinical research currently on-going in SITraN. The meeting was also attended by MND Association representative Belinda Cupid who was there to find out more about the group and how we promote patient and public involvement in research.

May 2011

Incurable Optimism comes to Sheffield

Press Coverage: aims_to_spread_optimism_with_100_paintings_1_3389479

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