Dr Muhammad Rafiq
Brief description of yourself and career journey to date?
I am a consultant neurologist with special interest in MND. I was trained in neurology and did my research in MND at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and University of Sheffield under the auspices of Professor Dame Pamela Shaw.
How and why did you get into MND research?
I got into MND research purely by chance but I soon realised the potential of making a difference in the lives of people with MND. I continued in this field as I felt that I was able to look after the needs of people with MND and over the years I became very good at diagnosing and managing this condition.
Can you briefly describe the research you are currently involved in?
I am focusing on the symptomatic management of MND in particular the respiratory issues. I am also working on a project to reduce immobility related issues such as ankle swelling.
What do you enjoy most about your job as a researcher?
I am always energised by the courage with which people with MND face their condition and most of them think positively and take part in research with enthusiasm. Meeting such patients and helping them is really satisfying.
What's been the highlight of your career so far?
I have been successful in securing a consultant post where I have the opportunity to lead on the MND services for a very large geographical area and do research on MND. I have started to personally make a difference in people's journey.
Who do you admire the most?
As mentioned above I admire the courage and humour of people with MND.
What do you like doing in your spare time?
I think that the art of medicine is too vast and life is short. Although I do spend time with my family, I try to read and write in my spare time and that's when I feel my time is best spent.