Dr Ning's Sheffield Half Marathon Story

Meet Dr Ke Ning, Non-clinical Senior Lecturer in Translational Neuroscience and 2009 alumnus.

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What made you choose to sign up for the University of Sheffield team at the Sheffield Half Marathon and why? 

I like running but haven’t taken on the Sheffield Half Marathon yet. And it’s great to be able to raise money for the very research I am involved in. 

What does fundraising for Genetic Disease Research at the University of Sheffield mean to you?

My work is in the field of Genetic Disease Research. The focus of my research is the use of viral vector-mediated gene therapy and stem cell strategies to treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).

The money we raise will help my team’s research in many ways. A new bioreactor will allow us to produce high efficient and high quality viral vectors. We can produce clinical standard vectors for clinical trials. And make new collaborations, both academically and within industry, all around the world. 

Do you have any advice for those who might be considering taking on a similar challenge for GDR?

If you want to take on a similar challenge, go for it. If someone my age (59 in April) can do it, then so can you!

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