Student in focus
Sivaraman Purushothuman, PhD Candidate
My topic of interest lies in neuroprotection in age-related degenerative diseases affecting the central nervous system (CNS). Currently, there is no viable and safe treatment for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. We are currently trialling two neuroprotectants- dietary saffron and photobiomodulation (near-infra red light) to tackle the core of the degenerative process in these diseases which is understood to be blood capillary breakdown and oxidative stress. Early studies in mouse models show promising results.
While helping out in aged care homes I realised how fortunate I was. That is when I then decided that I wanted to make a difference in the field of gerontology. I believe I can use my passion in medical research where it really matters the most.
I love the outdoors and sports. So when I am not in the lab, I would be most probably bushwalking and camping or having fun at the football fields. Sydney has the perfect blend of everything.