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Abhiram Upendram

Amador Valley High SchoolClass of 2026Pleasanton, California


Hello! My name is Abhiram Upendram and my Polygence project is on the effects of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction on the volume of gray matter in Alzheimer's patients. I chose this project because I am interested in the effects of neurodegenerative diseases and neuroscience in general.


  • "Effects of meditation on gray matter atrophy in Alzheimer's disease" with mentor Joe (Mar. 28, 2023)

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Effects of meditation on gray matter atrophy in Alzheimer's disease

Started Oct. 26, 2022

Abstract or project description

Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia and affects more than 6 million people in the United States. There has been increased focus on potential lifestyle interventions that may slow disease progression or lower one's risk of disease. Meditation is one promising option that may promote brain health in late life. Abirham's research paper will summarize the current state of knowledge on the effects of meditation in the context of Alzheimer's disease, with a specific focus on gray matter atrophy.