Our new Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health, Professor Dame Pam Shaw, has been selected to give the prestigious Croonian Lecture at The Royal College of Physicians in London on Wednesday, 10 February 2016.
An internationally acclaimed neurologist, Professor Shaw has devoted her career to improving the lives of people affected by motor neuron disease (MND). She will be talking about her translational neuroscience approach to developing new effective treatments for MND at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), a research institute devoted to MND and related neurodegenerative diseases, which Professor Shaw founded and directs.
Professor Shaw said:
“It is a great honour to be invited by the President of the Royal College of Physicians to give the Croonian Lecture, as part of the annual Advanced Medicine Conference on 10th February 2016. This prestigious lecture was endowed by William Croone, an eminent and inspiring 17th century physician-scientist. Interestingly, he was particularly intrigued in his work by the motor system and the ‘nature and laws of muscular motion’.
During my lecture, I will describe how we can harness the exciting developments in neuroscience and translate these insights into benefits for patients and families facing the devastating neurological illness of motor neurone disease (MND). I will be highlighting the progress being made by the talented medical and scientific teams within SITraN at our University.”
The Croonian Lectures are given at the invitation of the Royal Society and the Royal College of Physicians. They are a legacy of William Croone (1633 –1684), an English physician and one of the original Fellows of the Royal Society and the Royal College of Physicians. William Croone pursued research in several important subjects of his day, including respiration, muscular motion, and generation, with widespread influence.
The Croonian Lecture is given as part of the conference in Advanced Medicine, 8-11 February 2016 at the Royal College of Physicians in London. The RCP will be live streaming parts of this conference – for more details follow @RCPLondon on Twitter.