SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD
HFC is pleased to announce the formation of its Science Advisory Board, a group tasked with providing strategic direction to HFC as the organization drives innovation in broad-scale brain health education initiatives. HFC’s ambitious agenda includes educating the public and raising awareness about brain health, reducing the stigma that surrounds Alzheimer’s disease, and educating young people about brain-healthy lifestyle interventions that are the most promising strategy to addressing Alzheimer’s disease. The esteemed group of Science Advisory Board members will guide the organization’s brain health programming, content development. and research investment strategies.
Composed of thought leaders in the areas of Alzheimer’s disease, research, and brain health prevention, education, and risk reduction, HFC’s Science Advisory Board members come from a variety of prestigious institutions. These experts are at the forefront of groundbreaking research and clinical practice in the field. Inaugural members of the board include Dr. Megan Jones-Bell, Annie Fenn, M.D., Lisa Genova, Ph.D, Joshua Grill, Ph.D, Dr. Lisa Mosconi, Ph.D, Amanda Smith, M.D.,Dr, Wendy Suzuki, Richard S. Isaacson, M.D.
HFC’s is honored to welcome the advisory board to the HFC family and is grateful for their time and expertise. Undoubtedly, the Science Advisory Board will play a critical role in furthering HFC’s ’s mission to care for families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease, educate young people about living a brain-healthy life, and activate the next generation of Alzheimer’s advocates.
Dr. Megan Jones Bell
Dr. Megan Jones Bell is Chief Science Officer at Headspace, a leader in the field of digital health and a visionary in making mental health care more effective, affordable, and accessible to all populations. Megan leads the company’s Health and Science team, which focuses on clinically validating the benefits of meditation with Headspace and commercializing the product within healthcare. Megan also oversees the 65+ clinical research studies conducted by Headspace’s academic partners.
Previously, Megan was chief science officer and co-founder at Lantern, an evidence-based digital mental health company. As part of Megan’s pioneering digital health research, she developed and validated over 20 digital health interventions. Megan is also a consulting assistant professor at Stanford University where she advises the university on mental health care strategy, particularly for the student population. She is committed to changing cultural norms about mental health and wellbeing, currently serving as chair of the Prevention Advisory Board of the National Eating Disorders Association. Her academic and advocacy work has been recognized by the National Institute of Mental Health, the U.S. House of Representatives, the European Union, and Stanford University, among others.
Annie Fenn, MD, Founder of Brain Health Kitchen
Dr. Annie Fenn is a physician and culinary instructor who writes about food, health and dementia prevention in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. After practicing obstetrics, gynecology and menopausal health for over 20 years, Dr. Fenn realized that many of her patients’ medical issues could be prevented or alleviated with attention to a healthy diet and lifestyle. She is passionate about teaching evidence-based ways to prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease through food and lifestyle interventions. She created the Brain Works Kitchen, a traveling cooking school and online community, to share the latest scientific data about how to prevent Alzheimer’s.
Lisa Genova, Ph.D
Lisa Genova, Ph.D graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University.
Acclaimed as the Oliver Sacks of fiction and the Michael Crichton of brain science, Lisa has captured a special place in contemporary fiction, writing stories that are equally inspired by neuroscience and the human spirit. She is the New York Times bestselling author of STILL ALICE, LEFT NEGLECTED, LOVE ANTHONY, INSIDE THE O’BRIENS, and EVERY NOTE PLAYED.
In 2015, Lisa was named one of the U.S. Top 50 Influencers in Aging by Next Avenue. She has appeared on Dr. Oz, the TODAY show, CNN, PBS Newshour, and NPR. Her TED Talk, “What You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer’s” has been viewed over four million times.
Dr. Joshua Grill
Director of UCI Mind, Dr. Joshua Grill has been the recipient of the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center Junior Investigator Award, the Alzheimer’s Association Turken Research Prize, the Community Spirit Award from OPICA Adult Day Services, and the P. Gene and Elaine Smith Term Chair in Alzheimer’s Disease Research. He has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Hartford Foundation, the American Federation for Aging Research, and the University of California.
He serves on the Steering Committee of the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study and the Internal Ethics Committee for this national body. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Maria Shriver’s Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement. In 2017, he co-chaired a workgroup as part of the NIH’s Inclusion Across the Lifespan workshop, a congressional mandate in the 21st Century Cures Act (P.L. 114-255). He is part of a working group sponsored by the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association charged with creating a national strategy for recruitment to Alzheimer’s disease clinical research.
Richard Isaacson, MD
Richard Isaacson, MD serves as Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic, Associate Professor of Neurology, Assistant Dean of Faculty Development and Director of the Neurology Residency Program at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. He previously served as Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology, Vice Chair of Education, and Education Director of the McKnight Brain Institute in the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami (UM) Miller School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, and his medical internship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, FL. Previously as Associate Medical Director of the Wien Center for Alzheimer’s disease and Memory Disorders at Mount Sinai. Dr. Isaacson is author of The Alzheimer’s Prevention and Treatment Diet and The Alzheimer’s Diet: A Step-by-Step Nutritional Approach for Memory Loss Prevention and Treatment
Dr. Lisa Mosconi
Dr. Lisa Mosconi is the Director of the Women’s Brain Initiative and Associate Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC)/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where she serves as an Associate Professor of Neuroscience in Neurology and Radiology. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the Department of Psychiatry at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, and the Department of Nutrition at NYU Steinhardt School of Nutrition and Public Health.
Formerly, Dr. Mosconi was an Assistant Professor of the NYU Department of Psychiatry, where she founded and was the director of the Nutrition & Brain Fitness Lab, and served as the director of the Family History of Alzheimer’s disease research program. Dr. Mosconi holds a PhD degree in Neuroscience and Nuclear Medicine, and is a certified Integrative Nutritionist and holistic healthcare practitioner. Dr. Mosconi is the author of Brain Food: the Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power and recently released The XX Brain.
Dr. Amanda G. Smith
Dr. Amanda G. Smith is the Director of Clinical Research at the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute and a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, FL. She received her undergraduate degree from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her residency in Psychiatry and fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of South Florida. Dr. Smith is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with subspecialty certification in geriatric psychiatry. She serves on the steering committees of the national Alzheimer’s Clinical Trial Consortium, the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, and the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study, and is the co-chair of the IDEA-CT outreach and policy committee aimed to increase Diversity and Inclusion in clinical trials for the ACTC. She also serves on several subcommittees for the State of Florida Health Improvement Plan priority area 9, which aims to help Floridians living with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders. She serves as a site principal investigator on multiple clinical trials, and has pioneered the first mobile clinical trial unit for Alzheimer’s research in the United States. Her work focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of memory disorders, clinical Alzheimer’s research, and education of both caregivers and health professionals.
Dr. Wendy A. Suzuki
Dr. Wendy A. Suzuki is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University. She received her undergraduate degree in physiology and human anatomy at the University of California, Berkeley in 1987 studying with Prof. Marion C. Diamond, a leader in the field of brain plasticity. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from U.C. San Diego in 1993 and completed apost-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health before accepting her faculty position at New York University in 1998. Her major research interest continues to be brain plasticity. She is best known for her extensive work studying areas in the brain critical for our ability to form and retain new long-term memories. More recently her work has focused on understanding how aerobic exercise can be used to improve learning, memory and higher cognitive abilities in humans. Wendy is passionate about teaching (see her courses), about exercise (intenSati), and about supporting and mentoring up and coming scientists.