Muhammad Taifur Rahman

honorable mention

Preventing auditory neuron degeneration with an
anti-inflammatory medicine

Taifur completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Dhaka Medical College in Bangladesh, where his interest in neurological disorders developed gradually. He was surprised that patients with neurological disorders often have a poor quality of life, largely because our understanding of neurotoxicity and neuroprotection is still in its infancy.

As a graduate student, he decided to study how the interplay between humans and the environment causes neurotoxicity and how we can protect neurons. Very recently, it has been shown that our immune system significantly affects the nervous system; previously the nervous system was considered immune privileged.

Taifur's work has shown that in pathological conditions an activated immune system becomes toxic to auditory neurons and immune-suppression from simple anti-inflammatory medicine, such as Ibuprofen, can protect these neurons. He is trying to understand the molecular basis of this immune-mediated neurotoxicity and believes that this research will open a window through which we will be able to visualize the world of neuro-immune interaction.

He has a 4-year-old daughter, who inspires him to work for a better world. He writes poems and articles, plays soccer, enjoys catching fish, and loves to dream.