Nine new Greater Manchester research projects are aiming to shed new light on neurological diseases.
Health Innovation Manchester, through its Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) Neuroscience Research Domain, is funding the pilot neuroscience projects which will drive new and developing research collaborations. Altogether the projects will receive nearly £90,000, with four of them also supported by The University of Manchester’s Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology.
Domain clinical lead Professor Andrew King is Professor of Neurosurgery at The University of Manchester, Co-Director of the Geoffrey Jefferson Brain Research Centre and a Consultant Neurosurgeon at Salford Royal, part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group. He said: “One in six people lives with a neurological condition, which frequently have devastating effects.
“The purpose of these grants is to explore potential improvements in care and diagnosis for people after stroke, brain tumours and Parkinson’s disease and to further our knowledge of sophisticated brain imaging techniques that could provide new insight into brain tumours and Alzheimer’s disease.”
Domain academic lead Professor Stuart Allan from The University of Manchester, who is also Co-Director of the Geoffrey Jefferson Brain Research Centre, said: “By supporting these pilot research projects, we are furthering collaboration between scientists and clinicians in our local universities and NHS Trusts for the benefit of patients.
“The projects build on existing expertise in Greater Manchester and the MAHSC Neuroscience Research Domain and have the potential to attract major grants from larger funding organisations and charities once developed. They also link to the key themes of the Geoffrey Jefferson Brain Research Centre.”
The projects are:
MAHSC’s Neuroscience research domain is delivered by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group.