Meet LDI Senior Fellow NABILA DAHODWALA, MD, MS
Each year, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) hosts a special "Fall Kickoff" to introduce its newly-appointed Senior Fellows. Held on the Moelis Terrace of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, this year's event welcomed fifteen Penn health services researchers including Nabila Nahodwala:
IMPAIRED GOAL-DIRECTED BEHAVIOR
Apathy -- the lack of goal-directed behavior -- is a potential research subject of interest to neurologist Nabila Dahodwala. It's also a serious issue in the ongoing care of patients with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and a variety of other neuro-degenerative diseases. Dahodwala explained that, depending on the disease and section of the brain affected, a patient can have "impaired initiation." This means they don't want to start an activity or make a plan. They are not motivated by rewards or punishments. They tend to sit on a couch and watch TV all day and don't adhere to treatment plans or exercise and subsequently have much poorer outcomes. "Unfortunately, the current treatments for impaired goal-directed behavior are lacking," said Dahodwala. "I would love to develop an intervention and test it."