Pallium India Inc

Sloka Iyengar

Sloka’s passions lie in the power of science to change the world for its most vulnerable populations, and the importance of communication to effect that change. She has always been fascinated by the brain as the organ that controls all that we sense, feel, and do. It was during her work at a spay-and-neuter shelter in Ahmedabad that this fascination took an even more keen form which led her to pursue graduate studies in neuroscience. For her Ph.D. and postdoctoral work, she examined neuronal circuits that lead to the generation and propagation of epileptic seizures. Wanting to use this scientific training for more direct public impact, she worked with adults and children with refractory epilepsy to develop better therapeutic strategies. In the recent past, she has realized the impact that science and effective science communication can have, and the critical need for science geared towards the public good. To do this, she works with collaborators in India and the US in the areas of patient advocacy and communication, dementia, palliative care, harm reduction in substance abuse disorders, and epilepsy. Sloka is also an award-winning Bharatanatyam performer and practitioner and believes that the arts have an important role to play in society. As a practitioner of dance and science, she created productions that explore the many points of convergence between dance and neuroscience.

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