Neuroscientist and New York Times best-selling author, Lisa Genova, keynotes the 2018 University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Healthy Nevada Speaker Series

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Harvard-educated neuroscientist Lisa Genova, Ph.D., keynotes the UNR Med 2018 Healthy Nevada Speaker Series.

Harvard-educated neuroscientist Lisa Genova, Ph.D., keynotes the UNR Med 2018 Healthy Nevada Speaker Series. UNR Med photo by Brin Reynolds. 

Approximately 650 northern Nevadans got a glimpse into the human brain, Alzheimer's disease and other neurological disorders and how to prevent them, from Harvard-educated neuroscientist Lisa Genova, Ph.D., who was the featured keynote speaker at tonight's University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine 2018 Healthy Nevada Speaker Series.

Genova, who has been called the Oliver Sacks of fiction and the Michael Crichton of brain science is a New York Times best-selling author of "Every Note Played," "Still Alice," "Left Neglected," "Love Anthony," and "Inside the O'Briens." Through fiction, Genova is dedicated to describing with passion and accuracy the journeys of those affected by neurological diseases that are often ignored, feared or misunderstood. She has written about Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injury, autism, Huntington's disease and ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Her writing helps to educate, demystify and inspire support for care and scientific research.  

Genova's latest novel, "Every Note Played," is a story of regret, forgiveness, freedom, and what it means to live through the lens of ALS. Her novel is an exploration of redemption and finding peace inside of forgiveness.  

Her novel, "Still Alice," was adapted into a film starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, and Kristen Stewart. Moore won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in the film in 2015.  

Genova'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 more than 3.5 million times.  

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.  

In 2015, Genova 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."  

Every year, the UNR Med Healthy Nevada Speaker Series provides an interdisciplinary forum featuring national speakers who are paving the way to a healthier world through their work and research. The series began in 2014, and past speakers include Dr. Bill Thomas, Rebecca Skloot, Dr. Bennet Omalu and Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee.  

"The Healthy Nevada Speaker Series brings world-class medical and scientific speakers to audiences in northern Nevada," said UNR Med Dean, Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D. "It's a powerful way to expose our students and the community to some of the brightest minds in the field with fascinating lectures on medicine and public health."

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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Nevada's first public medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Established in 1969, UNR Med is improving the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in student education, postgraduate training and clinical care, research with local, national and global impact and a culture of diversity and inclusion.

Released: Monday November 5, 2018 @ 4:30 PM