Dylan's design for life

SCHOOLBOYS got busy designing a logo for a group boosting public involvement in motor neurone disease research. And the winner will see his work brought to life on all the committee's correspondence.

Youngsters from Birkdale Preparatory School took part in the competition set up by the Sheffield Research Advisory Group for MND, who wanted an eye-catching logo.The group was set up last year to boost patient and public involvement in MND research, by providing first-hand experience of the disease from patients and carers.

The committee works to help identify research priorities for scientists from the University of Sheffield's neurosciences department, and gives input and advice on how to complete funding proposals in lay-man's terms.

It also aims to recruit more people with the disease into research programmes which already have funding and approval to gain more effective and reliable results which can be developed into treatments.

Some 200 boys from the Clarke Drive school took part in the competition after receiving an art lesson dedicated to logos.

The winning design - picked by SMND RAG members - was by eight-year-old Dylan Bohm, who collected 20 in Meadowhall vouchers as his prize.

The judges felt his simple but effective drawing of one able body helping another with MND summed up what they are trying to do with the group.

In second place was Chris Chung, aged 10, and in third Thomas Robinson, eight, who each received book vouchers.

They received their prizes from scientist and SMND RAG member Emily Goodall, who also gave a presentation about doctors and scientists and the differences and relationships between their work.

The contest was set up following a year-long partnership between the school and the Sheffield Institute Foundation for MND - the charity working with the University of Sheffield to bring Europe's first dedicated research institute for the condition to the city.

The Sheffield Institute for Translational Neurosciences, as it will be called, is currently being built in Dorset Street, off Glossop Road, and is expected to be completed by the end of the summer.

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