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Emily Jacobs, PhD

The New Science of Women’s Brain Health

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How do changing hormonal conditions shape the human brain? What does healthy aging look like for women’s brain health? Dr. Emily Jacobs discusses new research on the structural and functional changes that occur as the brain ages and what it means for women’s health.

Historical factors have severely limited understanding of women's brain health. Dr. Jacobs shares new research on how historically-overlooked women's health factors affect brain health – including the rhythmic production of steroids across the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and the transition to menopause. Neuroscience research has almost entirely ignored these features of the mammalian endocrine system, and at great cost. The brain is an endocrine organ, yet we have little insight into how sex hormones shape the human brain. Her research aims to reveal critical clues about why endocrine transition states are a period of vulnerability for neurological conditions like depression and dementia, disorders that are twice as common in women than men.


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2023 Speaker Lineup

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Path to Healthier Brains

Tom Insel, MD

America’s approach to mental illness isn’t working. Medical and psychological treatments have improved, yet outcomes have gotten worse. Dr. Tom Insel – neuroscientist, psychiatrist, former director of the National Institute of Mental Health and author – offers a different path to mental health. This talk includes concepts from his book Healing: Our Path From Mental Illness to Mental Health, which expands the approach from a narrow medical model to a recovery model based upon the three P’s – People, Place and Purpose. By focusing on a social support, a secure environment and a mission, we can create a path from mental illness to thriving and well-being. Event sponsored by The Container Store and Marlane Miller.Attend in Person →

Staying Sharp

Sarah Lenz Lock, JD

Cognitive decline is NOT inevitable. Your brain changes as you live and age, and that is a good thing! There are simple things we can all do to live and age well. Sarah Lock, AARP's senior vice president of policy and brain health, and executive director of their Global Council on Brain Health, shares insights on how to sustain brain-healthy behaviors. From individuals and communities to society at-large, neuroscience and public health hold lessons that can drive positive change for all of us. And the impact of this change is both measurable and immense.Event sponsored by Teri and John Shaffer. Exclusive Virtual-Only Event

New Science for Women's Brains

Emily Jacobs, PhD

How do changing hormonal conditions shape the human brain? And what does healthy aging look like for women’s brain health? Dr. Emily Jacobs, associate professor in psychological and brain sciences at the University of California Santa Barbara, discusses new research on the structural and functional changes that occur as the brain ages and what it means for women’s health. Event sponsored by The Gratitude Fund at The Dallas Foundation.Attend in Person →

The Brain-Heart Connection

Mitch Elkind, MD, MS, FAHA

What does science tell us about the connection between heart health and brain/mind health? As a practicing neurologist and chief clinical science officer at the American Heart Association, Dr. Elkind is a leading authority and trusted voice on enhancing well-being by building healthy hearts, brains, and minds.Attend in Person →

Risk and Resilience for Seniors

Jeff Cummings, MD, ScD; and Kate Zhong, MD, MSc, FRCP(C)

This husband-and-wife team of Alzheimer's researchers advocate for the advancement of neurotherapeutic tools to promote dignified aging. Dr. Jeff Cummings and Dr. Kate Zhong, scientists and professors at the University of Nevada Las Vegas Department of Brain Health, have a long history of working to improve clinical trials and develop new therapies for Alzheimer's disease. Attend in Person →

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