On the 14 December the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) welcomed a diverse mixture of attendees, including over 70 patients, members of the public, academic and clinical staff, to the public launch event of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) for Translational Neuroscience, which is now 8 months into its 5-year funding.
Members from a range of patient and public involvement in research (PPI) groups, including for Motor Neurone Disorders, Dementia, Parkinson’s UK, Genomic Medicine and more, came together with our friends and collaborators from across Faculties at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for an initial introduction to the Sheffield BRC.
The Sheffield BRC is focused on pulling through translational discoveries into early phase and experimental medicine studies to improve the lives of people living with chronic neurological disorders.
For some Junior BRC Faculty, PhD students and Clinical Research Fellows, this was their initiation into meeting with PPI representatives as they escorted groups of attendees around activities including a demonstration of wearable sensors for monitoring changes in movement disorders from Insigneo delegates Claudia Mazzà and Lorenza Angelini.
The range of speakers was well appreciated by the attendees with feedback from some delegates citing Professor Marco Viceconti’s ‘Do Virtual Patients see Electric Doctors?’ talk and preview of the Virtual Human film cited as their favourite part of the day.
To find out more about the CompBioMed project’s Virtual Human film and view a promotional version visit: http://www.compbiomed.eu/how-to-build-the-virtual-human/