Dr. Lisa Genova

2018 Healthy Nevada Speaker Series

Dr. Lisa Genova

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Harvard-educated neuroscientist Lisa Genova, Ph.D. has been called the Oliver Sacks of fiction and the Michael Crichton of brain science. The New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice, Left Neglected, Love Anthony, and Inside the O'Briens focuses her writing on people living with neurological diseases and disorders who tend to be ignored, feared, or misunderstood, portrayed within a narrative that is relatable to vast audiences. Through fiction, she is dedicated to describing with passion and accuracy the journeys of those affected by neurological diseases, thereby educating, demystifying, and inspiring support for care and scientific research. She has written about Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injury, autism, Huntington's disease, and ALS.

Still Alice was adapted into a film starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, and Hunter Parrish. Julianne Moore won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in the film adaptation of Still Alice in 2015. UNR Med and Joe Crowley Student Union will co-host a free screening of Still Alice on Oct. 25 in preparation for Dr. Genova's visit. Full details and registration are available at https://everynote.eventbrite.com

Dr. Genova's latest novel, Every Note Played, is a story of regret, forgiveness, freedom, and what it means to be alive through the lens of ALS. Poignant and powerful, Genova's novel is a masterful exploration of redemption and what it means to find peace inside of forgiveness.

"Her juxtaposition of scientific detail with compassionate, heartfelt storytelling is unparalleled..." –BookReporter

"Every Note Played will grip and gut you..." –Boston GlobeSpeaking about the neurological diseases and disorders she writes about, Genova has appeared on the Today Show, Dr. Oz, CNN PBS NewsHour, and NPR and was featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary film, TO NOT FADE AWAY.

In 2015, Lisa was named one of the U.S. Top 50 Influencers in Aging by Next Avenue. 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, she 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.

Lisa's TED talk-What You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer's-was one of the most popular TED talks of 2017 and has been viewed over two million times in its first few months online.