Vidushi Neergheen

Vidushi Neergheen is a member of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Liaison Committee.

Vidushi has been an associate professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Centre for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research at the Faculty of Science of the University of Mauritius since April 2019. She graduated with a PhD in Biosciences in 2008.

Her research interest focuses on the cancer preventive effects of functional food, nutraceuticals and medicinal plants. This field of cancer prevention, through natural agents, is a preemptive approach to eliminate cells that may become cancerous, an appealing strategy for stemming the tide against cancer. This involves an interdisciplinary approach and holds much promise in reducing the burden of several types of cancers in the African countries. Vidushi firmly believes that there is a dire need to recognize and advocate this approach in the promotion of health towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal 3.

Her research interfaces with medicine, molecular biology and biochemistry and has culminated in more than 50 impactful communications. Moreover, to uphold her belief and engagement in scientific networking and knowledge sharing, she has been an active member of the Global Young Academy from 2012 to 2017, is a fellow of the African Science Leadership Program and is a Next Einstein Forum Fellow 2019/2021. In 2014, she was honoured by the World Economic Forum as one of the Global Young Scientists for her proven track record of advancing the frontiers of science in areas of high societal impact. In 2017, she received the Best African Woman Researcher Award from Merck Africa for her outstanding contribution to cancer research.


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