Hiral Shah is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center. She completed her undergraduate at MIT and her medical school training at Indiana University School of Medicine. She then went on to Columbia University Medical Center for her Internship, Neurology Residency and served as Chief Resident. Following, she spent nearly a year at the World Health Organization in Geneva working in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse on public health aspects of Neurological illnesses, namely Dementia, Epilepsy and Headache. She is most interested in learning how to overcome barriers of stigma and discrimination to improve care access, specifically where mental health conditions overlap with the vulnerable individuals who also suffer from neurodegenerative disorders as well as assessment of cognition and mental health among those with neuropsychiatric conditions. She is currently a Global Mental Health Scholar and also serves as Project Coordinator for WHO’s project on Dementia Prioritization and G7 Dementia Research Agenda Portfolio Analysis.