Meet LDI Senior Fellow NABILA DAHODWALA, MD, MS

Meet LDI Senior Fellow NABILA DAHODWALA, MD, MS

Assistant Professor, Neurology, Perelman School of Medicine

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."

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