The University of Sheffield has announced that it has gained planning permission to build a new £12 million research institute for motor neurone disease (MND) in the city.
In a bid to fight the incurable disease, scientists at the new establishment - called the Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience - hope to address the cell-destroying condition which renders the sufferer unable to use their basic functions including the ability to walk, eat and talk.
Professor Pamela Shaw, an expert in MND and the head of neuroscience at the university's school of medicine, said the decision by the council to give the green light for the new complex was great news.
She continued: "I believe that the creation of the Institute will enable us to assemble the manpower and funding needed to generate much more effective therapies for patients with MND."
Last week, the MND Association called on users of Facebook to support a video created with the social networking website which depicted the online resource's impact on Sarah Ezekiel, a woman suffering from the disease.
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