Lisa Genova - MPSF Speaker Series

Neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling novelist, a leading expert on Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases, their origins and the state of current research into their cures, one of the Top 50 Influencers in Aging in the U.S.

March 4 - 7, 2019

Lisa Genova

Lisa Genova

Named one of the U.S. Top 50 Influencers in Aging by Next Avenue, Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience form Harvard University.

She has been called the Oliver Sacks of fiction and the Michael Crichton of brain science, capturing a special place in contemporary fiction, writing stories that are equally inspired by neuroscience and the human spirit. She is author of the New York Times bestselling novels, Still Alice, Left Neglected, Love Anthony and Inside the O’Briens. In the film adaptation of Still Alice, Julianne Moore won the 2015 Oscar for Best Actress for her role as Alice Howland.

In 2015, Next Avenue named Genova one of the U.S. Top 50 Influencers in Aging. She has appeared on Dr. Oz, The Today Show, CNN, PBS News Hour and NPR, and her TED Talk, “What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s” was seen by more than two million viewers in its first few months.

She received The Pell Center Prize for “Story in the Public Square”, for “distinguished storytelling that has enriched the public dialogue”, The Sargent and Eunice Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award, The Global Genes RARE Champions of Hope Award, and The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Media Award for informing the public about treatment and ongoing research in medical illness.

In 2016 Genova received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Bates College, The Alzheimer’s Association’s Rita Hayworth Award and The Huntington’s Disease Society of America Community Awareness Award.

Her fifth novel, Every Note Played, is about ALS and was published on March 20, 2018.


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