Neuroscientist turned Twitter legend Nadia Chaudhri dies at 44
To be clear, none of us writing this obituary knew Nadia Chaudhri personally.
We are just a few of his thousands of subscribers online, drawn to his incredible openness to telling his journey through terminal cancer, perhaps only in the way a brilliant neuroscientist might do: with a calm precision, unwavering compassion and deliberate optimism.
Nadia Chaudhri, who lit up the Twitter space with her cheerful messages about her family – her “Sun” and “Moon” as she liked to call them – her advocacy and philanthropy work, left the world far too soon at the age 44. .
She was diagnostic diagnosed with severe high-grade stage C3 ovarian cancer in June 2020. She has since shared her journey with end-stage ovarian cancer with her more than 143,000 followers on Twitter.
In May 2021, nearly a year after his diagnosis, Chaudhri began a funds for aspiring neuroscientists from under-represented communities.
According to Concordia University website, “This award is Chaudhri’s vision to create lasting impact despite his terminal diagnosis – a legacy that will concretely benefit the careers of emerging researchers from diverse backgrounds.”
As of October 6, $ 616,064 has been raised in the price of the same name.
Chaudhri was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, and moved to the United States to pursue her undergraduate education at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
According to Concordia website, where she recently became a full professor, she received her doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005.
Chaudhri completed his postdoctoral training in neurobiology at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco.
She joined Concordia as an Assistant Professor in January 2010 and was promoted to Tenured Associate Professor in June 2014.
the Chaudhri site, Chaudhri Laboratory, refers to the premise of his research as “exploring the neural basis of addiction and learning”. Some of his published works include, “Quenching after recovery attenuates the reactivity of alcohol signals in rats and the nicotine-induced improvement in Pavlovian alcohol seeking behavior in rats.
Chaudhri has worked with a range of recent graduates and current students in the field of psychology through his lab
Even as she battled her illness, Chaudhri still fought for complete strangers to have the right to be represented and supported. She is committed to walk length of the palliative care service every day to raise funds for Major Award Nadia Chaudhri “To support graduate students from minority and under-represented groups who wish to do neuroscience research at Concordia.” ”
The group’s fundraising for the Chaudhri Prize walk from Concordia at the hospital where Chaudhri was staying with a giant sign that said “Nadia gives us wings”. Supporters of the march wore saffron-colored shirts, Chaudhri’s favorite color.
As of this writing, the Concordia Shuffle team has raised over $ 500,000.
She also created a GoFundMe, hoping to award prizes to young scientists “diverse, underfunded, marginalized or traditionally under-represented in the psychological and neural sciences.” The campaign raised more than US $ 213,000
One of Nadia’s tweets, among her many, many who shared the final personal moments of her extraordinary life, expressed joy at having a rare chance to spend time with her son.
“Last night was magical,” Chaudhri tweeted. “I got a day pass to the hospital and was able to do my sunset time. We read about animals, sang songs, talked about my ashes nourishing plants and mushrooms, cried and cuddled.
Such a fundamentally simple task, carried out by so many people in the world, every day, without thinking that it could have such a deep meaning if only you knew that you might not have the chance again.
While his family, friends, colleagues and supporters no doubt mourn Chaudhri’s passing in a personal way, people like us, virtual strangers who have been drawn to his story, his candor, his bravery and his exuberance to life and life, try to find ways to say goodbye and honor the incredible legacy she leaves behind.