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Academic Directorate of Neurosciences

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The directorate’s research strategy is to strengthen the links between the NHS and the academic departments, rewards success and innovation, builds on ideas and generates research income and publications. To achieve this, the directorate will strive to attract clinicians of high calibre, give intellectual reward to those within the department, encourage collaboration between academics and NHS clinicians within the directorate and enhance the overall research position of the Trust. Central to the directorate strategy is to recognise the changing face of funding for research and ensure that all activity is fully resourced if it is to be successful. The directorate recognises that, whilst investigator driven ‘own account’ research should continue to be supported, key to success in the future is to align directorate research priorities with national research priorities, in particular the national research portfolio.
This strategy must also recognise the contribution to research made by non medical staff within the directorate.

The Academic Directorate of Neurosciences Research Strategy 2018-2021 is available on request -

Research Themes and Leaders

  • Neuro-degeneration: Professor Oliver Bandmann
  • Neuro-inflammation: Professor Marios Hadjivassiliou
  • Cerebrovascular: Professor Arshad Majid
  • Epilepsy: Professor Markus Reuber
  • Clinical Trials/Industry Liaison: Professor Basil Sharrack
  • Neurosurgery: Mr John Yianni
  • Neurophysiology: Dr Ptolemy Sarrigiannis

Meet the Team

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 Prof Marios Hadjivassiliou
 Academic Director
 Neuro-inflammation Theme Lead
 Consultant Neurologist
 Consultant Neurologist
 Director of SiTraN
 Honorary Consultant Neurologist
 Neurodegeneration Theme Lead  Reader/Honorary Consultant Neurologist
 Cerebrovascular Joint Theme Lead
 Consultant Neurologist
 Clinical Trials/Industry Liaison Lead
 Consultant Neurologist
 Honorary Reader
 Epilepsy Theme Lead
 Consultant Neurologist / Reader
Mr John Yianni
Neurosurgery Theme Lead
Consultant Neurosurgeon

Dr Ptolemy Sarrigiannis

Neurophysiology Theme Lead

Consultant Neurophysiologist


Research Patient Panels


1) Dementia Research - The Dementia Research Advisory Group brings together those affected by dementia to inform research. Please click here for more information.

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2) Motor Neurone Disease Research - The Sheffield Motor Neurone Disorders Research Advisory Group (SMND RAG) are a committee of individuals that use their unique knowledge of living with the disease to join in the fight against it by helping researchers. Please click here for more information.