Kinan Muhammed


Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow

Neurology Clinical Fellow 

DPhil Candidate


My research interests are in cognitive neurology, specifically motivation in neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. I aim to explore mechanisms underlying apathy and motivation, and to investigate the effects of the neurotransmitter dopamine on manifestations of impulsive and apathetic decision making. I am also keen to investigate the motor and physiological consequences of apathy in neurological diseases and use these as potential new measures of motivation which can be used in a clinical setting.

I have a large interest in the use of technology within medicine, education and neuroscience. My research is in healthy adults and neurology patient groups using a combination of behavioural tasks, biosensors, robotics, eye tracking and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI).

I am trying to explore answers to the following questions:

“How do you measure motivation?”

“What makes you lose motivation and become apathetic?”

“What causes apathy in neurodegenerative disorders?”

“How can we treat motivational problems?”

From a personal point of view I love graphic design, web development and racket sports. I also have a keen entrepreneurial side and use this in various educational projects that I organise and run, with the aim of increasing access to medical education in less privileged countries.