ISP IB Student Presents Research at APANAC

Last week IB student Ayush Bhat was invited to share the research he conducted for his extended essay at the Panamanian Association for the Advancements of Science's conference in Ciudad del Saber (City of Knowledge).
Ayush's research focuses on the impact of copper on DNA replication within the context of Alzheimer's Disease. We had a chance to catch up with this burgeoning scientist. Here is what we found out. 
Why did you choose this topic for your extended essay?
I chose it mainly because it means a lot in my personal life. My grandfather passed away due to Alzheimer's disease. So felt it was justified for me to experiment and conduct this research to see if I could find any possible solutions associated with this issue. 
What were some of your findings? What did you share?
I concluded that mental poisoning due to copper, will cause brain damage in human beings, and this brain damage might eventually lead to long-term health issues like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease
What was it like presenting?
My experience was exceptional. I was the only high school student presenting. I got to present in some of the most influential scientists in our world today. I was able to understand their points of view by answering their questions. I also understood what I could change in the future so that I could deliver an even better presentation in the future.
We are thrilled that this young scientist was able to share and learn through an opportunity that took him beyond the four walls of a classroom. Congratulations to Ayush on boldly taking on this challenge.