23 Feb 2016

Neuroscientist and brain campaigner Malvindar Singh-Bains

From Nine To Noon, 10:07 am on 23 February 2016

“What you do now with your body when you’re young is going to impact you 60 years into the future. And with the ageing population on the rise, I think people need to look into this, I think people need to understand this” ~ Dr Malvindar Singh-Bains.

Malvindar Singh-Bains

Malvindar Singh-Bains Photo: supplied

Neuroscientist Dr Malvindar Singh-Bains is at the frontier of brain research at Auckland University's Centre for Brain Research and the Neurological Foundation's Brain Bank.

Alongside working to find a cure for neurogenerative diseases – particularly Alzheimers and Huntington's Disease – she is a public awareness campaigner, educator and second-time finalist for the Young New Zealander of the Year award.

Malvindar Singh-Bains grew up in West Auckland. Her father immigrated from Fiji 35 years ago, her mother was born in New Zealand of Indian migrant parents.

She is the first member of her family on either side to go to university, and it was her grandmother's death after a neurogenerative disease which sparked her interest in the field of brain research.

Malvindar Singh-Bains talks with Kathryn Ryan: