My guest today is Phazha Bothongo, a 23 year old South African, born in Botswana, and currently living in the United Kingdom. She has completed her MSc. in Neuroscience and Translational Medicine at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and went on to do PhD at the Preventive Neurology Unit, Wolfson Institute. In this episode, we learn that the one particular life event influenced her choice of getting into the field of science, was when her grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. She discovered there was no cure for it and went on to study to pursue Neuroscience. Phazha chose this field so that her research can have an impact and contribute to the knowledge of neuroscience. The PhD research is focused on the effects of socio-economic deprivation and ethnicity on the risk of dementia in Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups in comparison to the White population. Black African and Caribbean, are at risk and to more likely develop dementia at a younger age and get diagnosed for early-onset dementia (before 65 years), than their White counterparts. This research is so important as there is very little research on the Black demographic. Interesting right? Well, you better tune to learn more about Phazha breaks this research down for us, including so much more!
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