Profile – Raysa El Zein

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Raysa El Zein

Job Title:

Postgraduate Research Student

Place of work / study:

Bournemouth University

Area of Research:

My interest is in the relation between nutrition and cognitive functions. My study focuses on individuals diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment. It looks at a dietary intervention using coconut oil that might aid in reducing the progression from MCI to Dementia.

Tell us a little about yourself:

I am a nutritionist who believes that health relies in food. I am from Lebanon; but decided to embark on an adventure and get out of my comfort zone by moving to the UK to get a master’s degree in a field that wasn’t available in Lebanon (Public Health Nutrition). After that I fell in love with research and decided to stay and work more in this field.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I eat more chocolate than anything else.

Why did you choose to work in dementia:

Personally, I have dealt with losing family members to dementia. Both my grandmother and uncle had Alzheimer’s disease and I saw the impact it had on the entire family. With dementia you lose a loved one while they are. Thus, studying dementia was always one of my goals; I would love to contribute even a little bit to knowledge in dementia.

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