Dr. Nino Valishvili was born in Soviet Georgia, where she was inspired to become a doctor after witnessing the devastating impact of war and hunger on people’s lives. She graduated from Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry in 2003 with her MD degree, and in 2005 joined their research team to pursue a PhD degree. Her PhD studies were interrupted, however, when she decided to immigrate to the Unites States.
Nino has been actively involved in clinical research in the fields of neurology, cardiology, endocrinology, and gynecology as a sub-investigator and research coordinator since 2006. She joined the NeuroStudies team in 2014, and heard about Dancing Stars of Atlanta from Dr. Marshall L. Nash MD FAHA CPI, the CEO of NeuroStudies, who was a competitor in 2013.
Nino’s love of dancing started early while she was in Soviet Georgia she has passed that love of dancing to her children: “Growing up in Georgia, I was mesmerized with the beautiful world of ballroom dancing, however never had an opportunity to get involved, so this is my childhood dream come true! Two of my kids are involved with ballroom dancing since age of 5. My older son has been competing in national competitions with numerous awards.” Nino has 3 children and a very supportive husband.
Nino dances not only to increase awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research, but also as a tribute to a special family that has been affected by this debilitating disease:
“During my immigration period I met a wonderful family that has been unconditionally supportive of me. We became very close friends and despite geographical distance between us, we kept our friendship through years. Larisa and Mikhail have been an exemplary when it comes to support, help, and giving back to the community. Unfortunately, Larisa’s mother lost her battle to AD couple of years ago. I would like to dedicate my efforts to this wonderful family.”
Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
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