Sandeep Jauhar, M.D., Ph.D.Author
Cardiologist, Heart Failure Program, North Shore University Hospital - Long Island Jewish Hospital
Alyssa Picchini Schaffer, Ph.D.Vice President and Senior Scientist, Neuroscience Collaborations
Our bodies aren’t getting any younger, yet the process of aging remains largely a mystery — particularly when it comes to our brains. Scientists are hard at work examining what exactly happens in our brains as we get along in years and whether it’s possible to slow or even reverse those changes.
Alyssa Picchini Schaffer heads research collaborations at the Simons Foundation that aim to discover mechanisms of resilience and maintenance in the aging brain to identify ways to minimize cognitive decline and extend healthy lifespan.
But as research opens new windows into the brain’s inner workings, how do we traverse the emotional terrain and challenges accompanying such revelations?
In physician Sandeep Jauhar’s recent memoir, “My Father’s Brain: Life in the Shadow of Alzheimer’s,” he navigates the intimate intersection of science and personal experience by prompting us to consider what it means to truly and closely understand a neurological disorder like dementia that affects a person’s core identity.
Join them as they sit down with Ivan Oransky, editor-in-chief of Spectrum, to discuss the complexities of the aging brain and how we balance our advancing understanding with the emotional aspects of our lives.