nadia Chaudhri, a neuroscientist researching drug and alcohol abuse, died on October 5 after years of battling ovarian cancer. She was 43 years old. In the last year of her life, she became known for openly discussing her deteriorating health, while also advocating ovarian cancer research and fundraising to help underrepresented students with their continuing education.
Nadia Chaudhri enjoys the sun in July 2021
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Chaudhri was born in Karachi, Pakistan. According to the website for the Nadia Chaudhri Wingspan Award, she came to the United States at the age of 17 to attend Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania. After her bachelor’s degree in biology in 1999, she attended the University of Pennsylvania for a PhD in neuroscience, which she graduated in 2005. She then did a postdoc at the University of California, San Francisco.
She became Assistant Professor at Concordia University in Montreal in 2010 and was appointed Associate Professor in 2014. According to their lab website, their lab’s focus was on better understanding “psychological, neural, and molecular processes that contribute to drugs and alcohol abuse,” including how these processes relate to relapses of sobriety. Chaudhri became a full professor just last month.
According to her Twitter Just weeks before her death, in January 2020, Chaudhri began feeling uncomfortable with myriad symptoms. She underwent a series of tests and blanket treatments, but it wasn’t until June that she was finally diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. She then had surgery and six rounds of chemotherapy, but her cancer was resistant to the treatment.
After receiving her forecast, Chaudhri began using her Twitter account to advocate better screening protocols and treatments for ovarian cancer. She spoke openly about her deteriorating health, confessed her love to her family, friends, and students, and shared arts to celebrate the beauty of the world.
In August, she took part in Concordia’s annual walkathon known as the Shuffle and vowed to walk the corridors of the palliative care unit where she was. When she could no longer walk, she continued to “shuffle” in her bed. Chaudhri’s last video was posted on Twitter September 23rd when she shuffled next to her friend while she heard “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”. She raised well over $ 600,000 for the Nadia Chaudhri Wingspan Award, which would support underrepresented students wishing to study neuroscience at Concordia.
Chaudhri leaves behind her 6-year-old son and husband Moni Orife, whom she often refers to as her “sun and moon”.
the #ConcordiaShuffle will take place officially tomorrow. Here is my mini shuffle-in-place video for you.
Girls just wanna have fun & my bestie and me do that ????
I was blown away by your donations for the Nadia Chaudhri Wingspan Award. Words cannot express my gratitude. 1 / n https://t.co/t5MqfJg422 pic.twitter.com/mBwAjrsgIG
– Dr. Nadia Chaudhri (@DrNadiaChaudhri) September 23, 2021