The backbone of NeusMENT.
Mr Chandrasekaran Kaliaperumal
Consultant Paediatric and Adult Neurosurgeon based in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, NHS Lothian
Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in the University of Edinburgh.
I have a keen interest in innovation, teaching, research and training. With over 140 papers, 120 abstracts published in peer-reviewed international journals, textbook chapters and numerous national & international presentations, I endeavour to promote a holistic approach in Neurosurgical treatment.
My sub-specialisation interests include brain tumours, spinal dysraphisms, craniofacial surgery, endoscopic surgery, hydrocephalus, trigeminal neuralgia and degenerative spine disease.
I am currently the Foundation Programme Director for the South East of Scotland and lead the UG Neurosurgical module for medical students of Edinburgh University.
This mentoring initiative is a dream come true to help medical students across the globe breaking all the boundaries and barriers. I believe that our team would help build and consolidate your aspirations to pursue a career in Neurosurgery.
Miss Kate Minta
I'm Kate, currently a 4th year medical student at the University of Aberdeen. It brings me immense joy to serve as a founder and trustee for NeusMENT Charity, where I eagerly look forward to supporting medical students and junior doctors from underserved and underrepresented areas in securing neurosurgical mentorship.
Building on the success of leading the GloMNMS study, which reached 61 countries worldwide, I am confident that we can expand our mentorship initiatives to benefit an even broader community. Our goal is not only to extend support to a wider community but also to provide valuable educational resources and foster research opportunities.
Beyond my role with NeusMENT, I am honored to be a HLA Scholar 2023/24, serve as the NANSIG Ambassador Lead, represent ASIT, and act as a Brainbook Ambassador.
My passion lies in Neurosurgery, Medical Education, and Research. I am particularly enthusiastic about researching Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs), Hydrocephalus, and Brain tumours. Outside the realm of academia, I love playing tennis, travelling and exploring new cultures, and indulging in my love for coffee.
Mr Daniel Sescu
I am Daniel, a fifth-year medical student at the University of Aberdeen, currently intercalating in an MSc by Research. Committed to making an impact for medical students and junior doctors with an interest in neurosurgery, I am one of the founders and trustees of NeusMENT. I truly envision that NeusMENT will become a vibrant community, contributing to the advancement of mentorship, education, and research in neurosurgery. I am convinced that we will experience significant growth together, equipping ourselves with the skills and knowledge essential for excelling in our respective professional careers.
Balancing academic pursuits with leadership roles, I currently serve as the president of the Aberdeen Neurological and Neurosurgical Society and NANSIG Neurosurgery regional lead, among other roles. My primary interests lie in neurosurgical oncology, paediatric neurosurgery, and surgical innovation. Regarding long-term goals, my aim is to pursue a career in neurosurgery while actively participating in research, medical education, and healthcare innovation in the United Kingdom and abroad.
Miss Dominique da Luz
Foundation Year 1 Doctor at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Hello, my name is Dominique, and I am a recent graduate of the University of Aberdeen where I earned my degree in medicine. Prior to this, I obtained a degree in Biomedical Chemistry, from the University of Warwick.
My professional interests lie in making neurosurgery more accessible to individuals from diverse backgrounds and advancing medical research while promoting sustainable surgical practices.
As the founder and trustee of NeusMENT, I am committed to promoting excellence in medical education, research, and mentorship. During my time in medical school, I had the privilege of representing my institution on the British Medical Association's Medical Student Committee. This opportunity helped me develop valuable leadership and advocacy skills.
Currently, I am serving as a representative for my fellow junior doctors in my department and am actively engaged in teaching medical students and my colleagues and quality improvement initiatives. This experience has provided me with a deeper understanding of the healthcare system and the challenges that must be addressed to improve patient care.
Looking to the future, I aspire to specialize in neurosurgery, with a particular focus on spinal surgery. I am passionate about making a positive impact in the field and contributing to the advancement of the medical profession.