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Eva Kuznetsova, laureate of Intellect of the Year in Tatarstan, hopes to find cure for muscle atrophy

The master student of the Institute of Fundamental Medicine and Biology was triumphant at the Student of the Year in Tatarstan ceremony.

Since her day one at KFU, Eva has been an organizer of many events, but for a long time abstained from partaking herself, “My first contest was Student of the Year at KFU in 2022, and I won as the best master student in mathematics and natural sciences. After that, upon my mom’s insistence, I applied for Student of the Year in Tatarstan. My friends and relatives believed in me, and no one was surprised to hear that I won Intellect of the Year.”

Apart from her studies, Eva is employed by the Kazan Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences and researches neurodegenerative ailments. She comments, “We are studying the effect of 25-hydroxycholesterol on neuromuscular transmission and metabolic processes in skeletal muscle. As a result of our research, we found out that this substance increases the reliability of neuromuscular transmission, inhibits the production of reactive oxygen species and prevents lipid peroxidation. We hope that in the near future the substance we are studying will be introduced into clinical and sports practice for the prevention and treatment of muscle atrophy and other neurodegenerative diseases, many of which are currently considered incurable.”

The awardee is absolutely sure that she will never get tired of science, “Every discovery is much more interesting than a new episode of Game of Thrones. I want to be a popularizer of science and dispel myths about its purported dullness.”

Despite her high workload, Kuznetsova also has many hobbies, such as foreign languages, reading, sewing, knitting, and painting.

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