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Our research

Leading the way Internationally excellent research is conducted across all areas of the Faculty. Our research sponsors include UK Research Councils, International and UK Charities, UK Government, the European Union, International and UK industry and research agencies, the NHS and many others.

Our annual research portfolio is in excess of £30 million. A recent key development was the opening by Her Majesty The Queen in 2010 of a new state-of-the-art £18 million research institute in translational neuroscience (SITraN) set to make Sheffield a world leader for research into motor neurone disease.

The excellence of our translational research agenda was recognised in 2008 when the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with the University, was awarded funding of over £7 million by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to create two Biomedical Research Units in Cardiovascular and Musculoskeletal disease. Led by Faculty clinical professors, each of the units has driven forward translational and clinical research for patient benefit. Key research programmes are in coronary artery disease, pulmonary vascular disease, osteoporosis and metabolic bone disorders.

Through the Collaboration for Leadership for Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South Yorkshire, Faculty staff are making a major

NIHR Clinical Fellow Dr Johnathan Cooper-Knock introduces his work to The Queen and Professor Pamela Shaw.

contribution as directors and leaders of research themes in: tele-health and care technologies (TACT); stroke; obesity; diabetes; chronic depression; and health inequalities. This is an ambitious five-year programme involving partnership between universities and a wide range of NHS and health organisations in the region.

We are also home to the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Public Health Collaborating Centre, based in the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR). This multi- disciplinary group is one of two centres nationally, providing the evidence reviews and cost- effectiveness modelling to support the development of national public health guidance for implementation by NHS commissioners and providers.

In 2011 in partnership with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Yorkshire Cancer Research we were designated a centre of excellence for cancer research by Cancer Research UK. The Sheffield Cancer Research Centre, jointly funded by CRUK and Yorkshire Cancer Research, is one of an elite network of cancer centres across the UK, specialising in breast, lung and bone cancers and fundamental cancer biology. In collaboration with the Universities of Liverpool and Newcastle, we are also establishing a Medical Research Council and Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrative Musculoskeletal Ageing.

Faculty Director of Research and Innovation Professor Paul Hellewell BSc, PhD


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