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Prediction, Prevention and Precision Health

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Dr. Sandra Chapman

Dear friends, Last week, we imagined a world where public and private sectors identify and reward brain-healthy practices to ensure our society’s greatest asset – the brain – is firing on all cylinders. If you missed Dr. Harris Eyre’s fascinating vision to foster Brain Capital at the societal level, you can check it out here. This week, I invite you to imagine a world in which our physical longevity is matched by brains that stay healthy and strong to the end. This Friday’s Frontiers of BrainHealth lunchtime talk features internationally recognized physician-scientist Dr. Robert C. Green from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Green began his training in neurology before becoming a medical geneticist. He will speak to another variable in the quest to be our most brain-healthy selves: the promise of predictive, precision and preventive genomics. He will share the latest science that may one day make genetic, hereditary concerns treatable before symptoms emerge – and ultimately preventable. A hopeful sign comes from an Alzheimer’s study, which demonstrated that awareness of genetic risk actually propelled people to become more proactive about their health. This field is already revolutionizing medical care, preventing illness and extending healthy lifespans. It is high time we expanded this revolution to our brain in health! Whether we’re focusing on the individual or systemic level, be optimistic and proactively learn as much as you can as fast as you can to extend your best brain years far into the future. We call this future-proofing your brain health. We are in dialogue with Dr. Green as to how his work can inform The BrainHealth Project.
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P.S. Register to not miss out on Dr. Green’s free, virtual Frontiers of BrainHealth lunchtime talk! Published September 29, 2020 See more messages from our Chief Director, Sandra Chapman, PhD.

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Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD

Chief Director Dee Wyly Distinguished Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Co-Leader, The BrainHealth Project


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