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MND sufferers given hope by new development

MND sufferers given hope by new development
3rd February 2009

Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire Hospital is to invest in advanced laser equipment which is hoped will lead to the improved treatment of motor neurone disease (MND), it has been reported.

A £120,000 purchase will give the facility the Veritas Microdissection System which will work on researching brain cells though small-scale harvesting from patients, with the machinery processing the effects of drugs on these.

Senior scientific officer at Royal Hallamshire Hospital Paul Heath, who will be using the equipment, said that MND is a "truly horrible" and fatal disease which has no known cure.

He continued: "Yet this equipment would enhance Sheffield's reputation as one of the world's leading centres for research, which is a real source for regional pride.

"The equipment has the potential to offer real hope to all sufferers."

Royal Hallamshire is also known for its work in the fields of obstetrics, gynaecology, neonatology and fertility services and is one of five adult hospitals which make up Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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