Bringing the world’s most advanced medical imaging technology to Sheffield.
All too familiar to so many, these devastating conditions affect the lives of millions of people across the world every day. But now, thanks to the University’s £2 million Sheffield Scanner campaign, we’re one step closer to helping in the fight against them. The first of its kind in Yorkshire – and one of only eight in the UK – this state-of-the-art MRI-PET facility will bring about the biggest change to medical research at the University in its 114-year history.
Thousands of people from across the University community and beyond got behind the campaign. Alumni, staff, students and members of the public came together to help reach the £2 million fundraising target, making a valuable contribution towards the £10 million project. This was match-funded by the University with the remaining £6 million provided by the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health.
As well as generous one-off donations, many undertook fundraising events and challenges. There were sponsored walkers and runners, swimmers and singers, bake sales and craft fairs – all in recognition of the important role the scanner will play in advancing human health, right here in Sheffield.
One minute with Pam Shaw
The Sheffield Scanner campaign was the brainchild of Professor Dame Pam Shaw, a world-leading expert in neurology based in the Medical School. We caught up with her to learn more about the scanner and how she feels now that her vision has been realised.
What is the Sheffield Scanner?
It’s a cutting-edge medical imaging system, which will enable us to not only look at the structure of the body in great detail, but also the function of how the tissues are working.
Why is combining MRI and PET preferable to scanning separately?
The combination of MRI and PET [Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Positron Emission Tomography] imaging techniques in one machine allows us to detect very small abnormalities very sensitively. We hope, and expect, this will allow us to diagnose conditions a lot earlier, and monitor whether new experimental treatments are working much more nimbly than we have in the past.
Which conditions will benefit?
The scanner will accelerate research into many conditions. It’s particularly important for cancer research, neurological disorders and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis, as well as conditions including stroke, epilepsy, cardiovascular disease and infectious diseases.
What are the next steps?
Work on the new facility where the scanner will be housed – at the heart of the University’s medical campus adjacent to the Hallamshire Hospital – is now well under way. We’re hoping it will be completed by spring 2020. Once it’s up and running we’ll begin clinical trials with patients from the Yorkshire region.
GETTING TO £2MILLION
The figures behind Sheffield Scanner reaching its target
“The Sheffield Scanner will focus on serious conditions which so many of us have been touched by. The University carries out world-class medical research and I’m so pleased to have played a part in helping reach the £2 million target.”
Alumnus Rob Pulford (BA Business Studies 1994) raised £200,000 by completing the Marathon du Medoc