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Nash Matinyarare PhD Neuroscience, 2014

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Hi, I'm Nash Matinyarare and I studied PhD Neuroscience within Centre for Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Medicine .... is an amazing thing to do but I think biological research is even better as could mean the end of crippling diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Nyasha (Nash) Matinyarare is committed to finding cures for diseases. The former Biomedical Sciences student who graduated in summer 2010 with at 2:1 has returned to the School of Biological Sciences to start work on his PhD in Neuroscience.

Nash, who was born in Zimbabwe but grew up in Southampton, was a student at Taunton’s College and loved the transfer to university life. He says, “At first, I wanted to study medicine. That’s an amazing thing to do but I think biological research is even better as it is could mean the end of crippling diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.”

For his final year student project he examined the role of inflammation in influencing the onset and development of neurodegenerative diseases, supervised by Dr Jessica Teeling. He is looking forward to his doctorate, which will be supervised by Dr Andreas Wyttenbach and Professor Hugh Perry.

Before embarking on his PhD, Nash spent four weeks in Madagascar with the University of Southampton-based charity called SKIP (Students for Kids International Projects). Its goal is to promote health and hygiene and the volunteers have been building a new latrine block and a market place with washing facilities. “Many children die because of preventable factors such as poor hygiene, hopefully our contributions can make a difference,” he says.

During his undergraduate studies, he was a Student Ambassador and also helped with a student services project for 17 year olds to explain the transition from Further Education to Higher Education.

He also found the energy to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats with two friends; together they raised £4,000 for the local charity Leukaemia Busters. “It was a tough challenge,” he admits, “I’m glad I had company along the way.”

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