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Vee Balendra

Name:

Vee Balendra

Job title:

MD Candidate

Place of work / study:

Saint James School of Medicine

Area of Research:

Medical Student with an interest in Dementia Research – Oxidative stress/ free radical damage/ therapeutic potential of nutraceuticals in Alzheimer’s disease.

How is your work funded?

N/A

Tell us a little about yourself:

Achieved my Specialist degree in Human Biology from the University of Toronto, Canada with High Distinction. Now, an aspiring physician in the USA with a keen interest in the ‘why? and how?’ of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I enjoy dancing!  I’m not professionally trained – just self-taught.  I have these one-of-a-kind dance moves that will surely impress you! My style is a fusion of boy band routines, elaborate hand gestures, a touch of yoga and light stretching, with a touch of river dancing foot work.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

As life-expectancy increases, so does the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. In the US, this disease is one of the top 10 causes of death without any significant medical treatment regimens, despite the increase in prevalence year after year. My motivation to pursue work in dementia research stemmed from my volunteer experience at nursing homes as a teenager, as well as my first – hand experiences with loved ones.   

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