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The Groundbreaking Science of the XX Brain

Updated: Dec 9, 2020

Alzheimer’s disease affects twice as many women as men, even adjusting for their longer lifespans. However, brain health research and recommendations specifically for women have lagged behind. That’s why Dr. Lisa Mosconi, Director of the Women’s Brain Initiative at Weill Cornell, has made it her life’s work to study the female brain and empower women with the information they need to maximize their cognitive health. In her new book, The XX Brain, Dr. Mosconi explores the groundbreaking science of the female brain and provides women with a roadmap for reducing their risk of dementia. On October 15, Dr. Mosconi joined Aspen Ideas: Health for a conversation about the latest research on women's brain health and actionable steps for optimizing your brain power, with Natalie Morales of NBC’s TODAY Show. Watch and share!

About the speakers:

Dr. Lisa Mosconi

Director, Women’s Brain Initiative and Associate Director, Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic, Weill Cornell Medical College

Lisa Mosconi, is Professor of Neuroscience in Neurology & Radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College, where she is the founder & Director of the Women’s Brain Initiative, & Associate Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic. She is an adjunct faculty member at the Department of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine. She holds a dual PhD degree in Neuroscience and Nuclear Medicine. A world-renowned neuroscientist, Dr. Mosconi is ranked amongst the top 1% of scientists of the past 20 years by official metrics. Her research is focused on the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease in at-risk individuals, especially women, using brain imaging techniques such as positron emission tomography (PET) & magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). She is interested in how risk of memory loss & Alzheimer’s disease can be prevented through the combination of medical care & lifestyle modifications involving diet, physical & intellectual fitness. She is the author of BRAIN FOOD and THE XX BRAIN.


Natalie Morales

West Coast Anchor, NBC’s TODAY Show

Natalie Morales is the West Coast anchor of NBC’s TODAY Show, host of Dateline in syndication, and anchor of “Behind Closed Doors with Natalie Morales” on Reelz Channel. She previously served as host of NBCU’s Access and co-host of Access Live, as well as news anchor of TODAY where she co-hosted the show’s 3rd hour. She joined TODAY in 2006 as a national correspondent and reports for all NBC News platforms including NBC Nightly News, Dateline, and MSNBC. Morales has contributed to several major breaking news stories, including the sexual harassment scandals, the Las Vegas massacre, the Boston Marathon Bombing, and the rescue of the Chilean Miners (coverage that was recognized with a 2010 National Headliner Award.) As a part of TODAY’s ‘Shine a Light’ Campaign, Morales ran in the Boston Marathon and raised over $70,000 for victims of the bombing. Morales has won three Daytime Emmy Awards, a Robert F. Kennedy Award in International journalism, and three Gracie Awards.

The views and opinions of the speakers are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of The Aspen Institute.

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