Catherine Browne (Member), BSc (Physiotherapy), MISCP, PhD Candidate


I am currently completing my PhD in the area of bladder dysfunction among people with MS with an overall aim to develop a resource which will enable people with MS to self-manage this symptom 


What made you want to become a researcher? Why do you work in research?


My interest in MS began as an undergraduate student when I completed my Final Year Project in this area. Listening to the stories and struggles of people with MS sparked my interest to improve quality of life for this population. I am a highly-motivated and organised individual and my main ambition is to deepen my knowledge in the field of MS, and make a unique contribution that will positively influence the lives of people with MS.


What is an average day like for you?


I work as a Chartered Physiotherapist in the Limerick branch of MS Ireland so my day is either spent in Tara House providing services to people with MS or else spent at the University of Limerick (UL). Days in UL can vary depending on what stage of the project is underway. I could be meeting with supervisors or brainstorming with other members of the research team, I could be travelling to other parts of the country collecting data for my study or else I could be in the office analysing data and writing up the results- or else working on a presentation or poster for an upcoming conference.


What is the most rewarding thing about your job?


For me, the most rewarding aspect of researching and working in MS is the people I continue to meet at different stages of the journey. The list is endless- researchers, healthcare professionals, MS Ireland staff and representatives, carers and families of people with MS, volunteers and fund-raisers- all of whom are people who share similar goals of improving the lives of people with MS.  Without a doubt working with people with MS enables me to recognise the importance of my research and the impact it may have on their daily lives.


Do you have any advice for people thinking about a career in research/MS research?


I think one of the most important factors in undertaking a career in research is finding a suitable supervisor or mentor. Support and guidance is essential especially during the early stages of undertaking research.

Marcin Uszynski (Member), MSc. (Physiotherapy), MISCP, Bobath Therapist, PhD candidate


My main area of interests includes neurorehabilitation, exercises and physiotherapy intervention for people with Multiple Sclerosis (PwMS) and use of technology as an adjunct to rehabilitation. I am also interested in psychometric properties of sensory tests in PwMS. My research emphasis is on the importance of sensory input in motor recovery in Multiple Sclerosis. The main aim of my proposed research is to determine the immediate and long-term effects of Whole Body Vibration on muscle strength, sensation, gait and balance in people with Multiple Sclerosis.


What made you want to become a researcher? Why do you work in research?


I have considerable research experience from my MSc physiotherapy degree and from my 13 years of clinical practice. My desire to pursue a higher degree by research has been influenced by my natural curiosity and passion for broadening my knowledge. New technologies are being increasingly researched in the clinical setting and may be an essential component of health care delivery in the future. My ultimate goal is to significantly contribute to research and the clinical evidence-base in the area of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and link technology with clinical practice.


What is an average day like for you?


I work as a Senior Chartered Physiotherapist in the Western Regional Office of MS Ireland in Galway so my day is either spent in there providing one to one physiotherapy assessment and delivering physiotherapy intervention to people with MS or else spent at the University of Limerick (UL). I am currently completing my third, hopefully last year of my PhD by research course. My day could be very busy, starting with replaying to emails in the morning then analysing data from a recent project and writing up different paragraphs of my papers. When I am in Limerick, I am meeting with my supervisors or with other members of the research team. Every day is different but I do believe that through my research work, I am helping people with MS and this is the most rewarding feeling.