Profile – Phazha Bothongo

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Phazha Bothongo

Job title:

PhD Student

Place of work / study:

Wolfson Institute, Queen Mary University of London

Area of Research:

Social and Ethnic determinants of Dementia

How is your work funded:


Tell us a little about yourself:

I’m a 22 year old South African that just finished her MSc. in Neuroscience and Translational Medicine at QMUL, and have just begun my PhD at the same institute. I completed my BSc (Hons) in Medical Neuroscience at the University of Sussex. My research interests focus on the effects of socio-economic deprivation and ethnicity on the prevalence of dementia in Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups, in comparison to the white population. My favourite art museum (and happy place) is Tate Modern, I love reading anything on spirituality and enlightenment, and I love travelling and exploring new countries.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I can stay awake for up to 48 hours.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

My paternal grandfather had Alzheimer’s disease, this was my first introduction to dementia in ethnic minorities.

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