A passion for neuroscience and the joy found in helping people are two reasons Nel Arseven started volunteering at the Perron Institute.

“I first heard about volunteering at the Perron Institute via the Institute’s social media,” she said. “I knew it was something I would love to do; provide support at an important neurological research and treatment centre.

“It brings me joy to help others. Hopefully, I can help lift the spirits of people visiting the Perron Institute clinic and help to make their experience as pleasant as possible.

Nel said she has always had a curious mind. “From an early age, I was endlessly asking my parents and friends questions about the human body and how it all works.

“At high school, I learned the answers to some of these questions, and the nervous system was a topic that stood out to me. I was lucky to have passionate and knowledgeable teachers, and this encouraged me to pursue neuroscience.”

Nel has recently completed her degree in Neuroscience at The University of Western Australia.

“I would like to acknowledge Associate Professor Jenny Rodger (head of Brain Plasticity Research at UWA and Perron Institute), Associate Professor Wilhelmina (Helmy) Mulders and the other wonderful staff at UWA who made lectures and labs enjoyable and insightful.

“I’d also like to thank the team at the Perron Institute for being so welcoming and friendly.”

Nel is moving to Melbourne towards the end of this year to start a Masters of Biomedical Science at the University of Melbourne.

“So far, I have learned that science requires perseverance. To succeed, it takes a lot of passion, patience and motivation, for example when undertaking postgraduate research and submitting journal papers.

“In my downtime, I love delving into the world of astrophysics and dancing.”


If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer at the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science in Nedlands, please email reception@perron.uwa.edu.au.