"The Sheffield Institute Foundation for Motor Neurone Disease (SIF) was a fund raising Charity created in 2007 by a group of Patrons who decided to help research in finding a cure for
Motor Neurone Disease.
The idea of creating a research Institute seemed to be the best way to fulfil that objective.
Based on the ground breaking work done in Sheffield by Professor Pamela Shaw and the impressive publications of this work in numerous scientific journals, the Patrons agreed that they would support Professor Pam Shaw's team and raise enough money to build a research Institute for Motor Neurone Disease in Sheffield. The sum to be raised was £15million.
The Sheffield University gave the land on which the Institute would be built and matched the first £5million raised by the SIF Patrons giving a head start to this project.
The Duke of Devonshire accepted to become the Honorary Patron of SIF and lent Chatsworth for several dinner parties to thank successful fundraisers and help to raise new funds.
In 2010 SIF and the University had raised £18 million. The building works could start. The Institute was to be called the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) it would work mostly on MND but also on Parkinson's, Alzheimer and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) as there is common ground between them all. The vision of SITraN is to take scientific discoveries in MND and related disorders and translate these into benefits for patients in the clinic.
In November 2010 SITraN was inaugurated by HM The Queen and Prince Philip.
Thus the work of SIF was successfully completed and the team now lends its support to SITraN.
If you would like to know more about the research projects taking place at SITraN, or make a donation click on 'SITraN"