Interview with Tanzil Rujeedawa

What is your name and where do you live?  

My name is Tanzil Rujeedawa and I live in Cambridge but will be moving to Newcastle soon.

What do you do when you are not working with What do you do during your spare time?   

I just graduated from Medical School at Cambridge and am about to start work in Newcastle. I enjoy reality TV, football and art history.

What is your role at

My role at was as a consultant. I provided support to the charity’s research work and charitable objectives. Some of the key projects I was involved in include the running of workshops designed to help patients apply for financial assistance and fundraising events such as the Cambridge Half Marathon. I also acted as the Project Manager for RECODE-DCM. I was particularly involved in the Diagnostic Criteria Incubator whereby we are currently running an international survey as part of our plans to create diagnostic criteria for DCM. My plan is to continue this work

Why did you get involved with

I believe that DCM is massively understudied and the patient population faces a lot of hurdles. is doing a great job tackling these issues and getting involved has allowed me to contribute not only to research but also to helping patients.

How did you hear about

I heard about from Ben and Mark, two of the founders. I worked with them in my 4th year of Medical School and they introduced me to the charity

What has your experience been like with

It has been wonderful.

Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself

  • I can speak French
  • I am an only child
  • I am from the Seychelles (Lie – I’m from Mauritius)