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‘Frontiers of the Brain’ events draw alumni in Houston, Texas, and Boca Raton, Florida

February 7, 2024

Alumni in Houston, Texas, and Boca Raton, Florida, recently attended panel discussions on brain health featuring leading experts from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

The "Frontiers of the Brain" events were held December 6 and February 4, respectively, as part of the Northwestern Alumni Association's A Night With Northwestern series.


In Houston, Sachin Patel, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Lizzie Gilman Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, shared tips for improving mental health and Alfred L. George, Jr., MD, chair of the Department of Pharmacology and the Alfred Newton Richards Professor of Pharmacology, updated attendees on the department's research into brain-related diseases.


Pictured: Dr. Patel in Houston

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Boca Raton

In Boca Raton, D. James Surmeier, PhD, chair of the Department of Neuroscience and the Nathan Smith Davis Professor of Neuroscience, shared how scientists' growing knowledge of Parkinson's disease is paving the way for new and better treatments. Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD, ’87 GME, ’89 GME, director of the Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine and the Virginia T. Boshes Professor of Neurology, explained how understanding our internal clocks is key to unlocking optimal outcomes in the context of precision medicine. Tamar D. Gefen, ’12 MS, ’15 PhD, director of the Laboratory for Translational Neuropsychology, described how SuperAger longitudinal studies at Northwestern are revealing helpful insights for healthy brain aging so that scientists can prevent and treat dementias.


Pictured (left to right): Dr. Surmeier; Dr. Zee; Dr. Gefen; and moderator Stuart H. Isaacson ’86, ’88 MD, FAAN, director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center of Boca Raton and an alum of Northwestern's Honors Program in Medical Education

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