Ask the Experts Blog Series

The McKnight Brain Research Foundation highlights its more than 20-year commitment to brain research by featuring the doctors and scientists behind the effort to better understand and alleviate age-related cognitive decline and memory loss. Each month, we will examine key issues around cognition and brain health from diverse perspectives to help you learn more about the science and advancements being made to help people age successfully.

Three Questions with Dr. Carol Barnes

Dr. Carol Barnes was recently awarded a $60 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to create and lead a Precision Aging Network that could transform the way we think about the aging brain. In this blog post, Dr. Barnes shares her insights on the keys to aging successfully, as well as what exciting new research is on the horizon to help us better understand why people experience brain aging differently.
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Three Questions with Dr. Michael Saag

Dr. Michael Saag, Associate Dean for Global Health, Director of the UAB Center for AIDS Research and Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has gained national attention by participating in news conferences and speaking with reporters to share his experience with COVID-19 and encourage the public to follow basic safety precautions to protect themselves and others against the virus. In late October, right as news of the approved vaccines was breaking, we had a chance to interview Dr. Saag about COVID’s impact on patients’ brains, the short and long term public health implications of the pandemic and what he sees as the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Interview with Dr. Ronald Lazar

Dr. Ronald Lazar served as the Senior and Corresponding Author on the American Heart Association Scientific Statement published today, A Primary Care Agenda for Brain Health. In this interview, Dr. Lazar outlines his key take-aways from writing the scientific statement and his goals for establishing brain health as a whole-life endeavor and shifting cognitive decline from a treatment-based model to a prevention-based model.

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