Previous projects

Stroke Project

Project cost: £8,600 Stroke is the third most common cause of death in the Western world and the most common cause of neurological disability. Patients who have a stroke due to carotid stenosis (a build up of fatty material – a plaque – in the carotid artery) are at a higher risk of having repeat [...]

By |2017-02-25T12:32:03+00:00June 27th, 2014|

Development of a new Diagnostic Tool for Motor Neuron Disease

Project cost: £8,450 Motor Neuron Disease (MND) is a degenerative illness which has a devastating effect on the body, and usually results in death within a few years from diagnosis. MND causes profound weakness that often affects the arms and legs but it may also affect the tongue. This causes problems with speaking and swallowing [...]

By |2017-02-25T12:32:14+00:00June 27th, 2014|

Research into Using Skin Cells in the Diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease

Project cost: £5,600 Motor Neurone Disease (MND) affects approximately 5000 people in the UK and involves the death of motor neurons that control the muscles in the body. Without the neurons supplying energy and key chemicals, the muscle starts to die, until the patient is left paralysed and eventually dies too, usually 2-3 years after [...]

By |2017-02-25T12:32:26+00:00June 11th, 2014|

Transport monitors for neuro-critical patients

Project cost: £10,316.32 Thanks to your generosity we have now funded two GE B450 Transport monitors to enable neuro-critical patients to be properly monitored during transport (for instance when transferring patients to CT scan/theatre), and to ease the process of moving them around the hospital in a safe and efficient way. These pieces of equipment really [...]

By |2017-02-25T12:33:21+00:00June 5th, 2014|

Two Zed beds and bedding

Project cost: £390 When younger patients or patients with learning disabilities are admitted to the neuro wards, many experience extreme anxiety. The nurses actively encourage carers to stay where possible in order to provide some reassurance and a familiar face. To do this they provide a single room in which to nurse the patient, where the [...]

By |2017-01-15T12:24:09+00:00May 23rd, 2014|

Actigraphy Recording System

Project cost: £1403 Neurocare funded the establishment of a Sleep Laboratory in 2010 and then purchased an actigraphy system to complement the main sleep lab in 2013. The actigraphy system is used for home investigations and the neurophysiology team at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital note that it has been a great asset, as it allows easy [...]

By |2017-02-25T12:34:02+00:00February 19th, 2014|

Counselling Room at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital

Project cost: £5000 Neurocare has funded a counselling room for the Neuro Intensive Care ward of Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital. This is a quiet, private room where staff can discuss a patients’ treatment options with their family and friends, or even break bad news to loved ones. Neurocare funded a similar room this autumn on the [...]

By |2017-02-25T12:34:14+00:00October 23rd, 2013|

Bone Scalpel Surgical Tool

Project cost: £17,600 The BoneScalpel is precise enough to cut a window in the shell of a raw egg and yet leave the thin membrane that surrounds the egg white intact. The BoneScalpel has been hailed by surgeons as one of the most important advances in spinal surgery in the last few years. It vibrates 22,500 [...]

By |2017-01-15T12:32:23+00:00July 15th, 2013|

Microscope and Imaging Project

Project cost: £38,000 Much of our knowledge of how the human brain works and what happens in diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Motor Neurone Disease (MND) or Parkinson’s disease (PD) has come from the study of human brain tissue. Comparing brain tissue from people with these devastating conditions with those who are unaffected is vital [...]

By |2017-02-25T12:35:00+00:00July 10th, 2013|

Research into the Cause and Treatment of Motor Neurone Disease

Project cost: £42,000 Project jointly funded with the Ryder Briggs Trust Motor Neuron Disease (MND) is a devastating and incurable neurological disease characterised by progressive weakness and death. Recent work suggests that the abnormalities in things called mitochondria (which are the powerhouses of human cells) are important in the development of MND. This 2 year project [...]

By |2017-02-25T12:35:10+00:00June 7th, 2013|