A consultant in Sheffield leading the fight against motor neurone disease has won a grant towards more research in the city.
Professor Pamela Shaw, consultant neurologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and a lecturer at Sheffield University, has been awarded senior investigator status from the National Institute for Health Research.
The status brings with it a research grant to develop new technologies and improve understanding of the incurable disease, which leaves muscles wasted and weak from damaged nerves.
Around six in every 100,000 people suffer from the progressive condition in the UK.
Researchers from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and the city’s Institute for Translational Neurosciences are currently trialling a new device called a diaphragm pacing system, which delivers electric pulses to strengthen the diaphragm, making it easier for sufferers to breathe.
Prof Shaw said she was ‘delighted’ to be chosen for the role.
Only just over 200 researchers hold senior investigator status across the country.