Ssegawa-Ssekintu Kiwanuka completed the Paris Marathon on 10th April 2011.
All the money raised is going to the charity, Alzheimer's Research UK and he has so far received over £400. He completed the 26.2 mile course in 3hrs 53mins 20 secs. Of the 32,000 starters, this time placed him in the top 30%.
Ssegawa is currently doing a PhD under Dr Clemens Kaminski with the Laser Analytics Group. Part of the group's research is to investigate the pathology of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disesase.
The biologists within the group - Dr Gabi Kaminski and Dr Claire Michel - are both taking advantage of the microscopy techniques developed in the lab to investigate the oligomerisation and aggregation of proteins such as Abeta, Alpha-synuclein and Tau in living cells and organisms. The accumulation of these proteins is a hallmark of such neurodegenerative diseases.
Alzheimer's Research UK funded the PhD studentship of Dr Claire Michel and the Laser Analytics Group hopes to continue its relationship with the UK's leading dementia research charity.