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News Archive: 2013

April 2013

Meet the Researcher: Dr Janine Kirby

Janine KirbyMy name is Janine Kirby. My undergraduate degree was in Genetics at the University of Sheffield and I then studied for my PhD at the MRC Human Biochemical Genetics Unit, University College London. My first post-doc job was with the MND Research Group at the University of Newcastle, and I subsequently moved back to the University of Sheffield in 2001. I am now a Non-Clinical Senior Lecturer in Neurogenetics at SITraN


March 2013

European Adventure

Alison Pickard an SMND RAG member ventures around Europe and is raising money for MND charities at the same time. She notes ‘We will be covering over 4,000 miles travelling through 8 countries and visiting at least 30 towns/cities. We will be travelling by car towing our newly aquired caravan. We are not experienced caravanners but we hope to be by the time we return home!’ Alison and her husband had always planned to do this when they retired. Alison’ s diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease dictated that they expedite their plans. It seemed a logical progression to raise funds for the charities who are already giving them caring and invaluable support. Please visit for more details.

Meet the Researcher: Dr Johnathan Cooper-Knock

Meet the Researcher - Dr Jonathan Cooper-KnockMy name is Johnathan Cooper-Knock.  I qualified as a medical doctor in 2006 at the University of Oxford.  I came to Sheffield in 2008 to do a hospital job which also included time in MND research.  I am now in full time research in order to obtain my PhD.  I aim to be a scientist and a doctor – to act as a bridge between the clinic and the lab because I firmly believe that, particularly in the struggle against MND, both are essential.


Meet the Researcher: Dr Esther Hobson

Esther HobsonMy name is Esther Hobson.  I studied medicine at Cambridge University and qualified as a doctor at Oxford University in 2006.  I am currently a National Institute for Health Research Academic Clinical Fellow.  This has allowed me some time to concentrate on research during my training in neurology and I have been lucky enough to work at SITraN.


January 2013

Meet the Researcher: Dr Emily Goodall

Emily GoodallEmily is a researcher within the Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) and active member of SMND RAG. Her father died of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in 1998 which has motivated her to pursue a research career in this field.  Emily has been working with Professor Pamela Shaw in the Sheffield research team for five years and is currently funded by the MND Association to develop a blood test to help speed up the diagnosis of MND.


SITraN in the News

SITraN has been open a full two years now so to celebrate and highlight our achievements over this time there was a feature article in The Yorkshire Post on the 18th January 2013. Click here to read.

New website feature launched

Please check out our new research page feature – “Meet the Researcher” here, your chance to get to know the SITraN team a little better.

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