• Project Title: Quantifying the Relationship Between Nutrition and Neurodegenerative Diseases

  • BASIS Advisor: David Calhoun

  • Internship Location: Inova Alexandria Hospital

  • Onsite Mentor: Dr. Alidad Arabshahi

According to the Alzheimer's Association, eight percent of Asian Americans in the United States are diagnosed with Alziehmers. This is the lowest percentage an ethnic group faces with this disease. So what are they doing differently? The initial gut answer would be genetics, but that may not be the only factor causing this low rate of the disease. It is found that having a specific appropriate diet can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's by 53%. Healthy fats, fibers, minimal alcohol, and vitamin A and C are found to have helped prevent this disease. Throughout the course of my Senior Project, my goal primarily consists of being able to relate how culture impacts a patient’s life because it has a greater impact than people have realized. There’s more to a patient than treating one part of the body based on what numbers say; they must be looked at in whole. So, through the knowledge and obstacles I will face I primarily hope to inform others more on these topics to provide clarity and further discussions on the possibilities of shaping medicine into this world that isn’t looked at in its full extent yet. Cultural integration can help the future of medicine by improving the options of medical remedies and that is a change I hope to see as I will be placed in a medical environment working alongside a surgeon at the Alexandria INOVA Hospital.