Dr. Reisa Sperling
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Before launching into a prolific career as an Alzheimer’s disease research expert, Dr. Reisa Sperling spent years traveling around America as an actress in musicals.
Today, she is a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, the Director of the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment at Brigham and Women's Hospital, as well as the Director of the Neuroimaging Core at the Massachusetts Alzheimers Disease Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.
In 2011, Dr. Sperling was the lead author of a paper proving that Alzheimer’s could be detected long before any external symptoms were apparent. In 2017, she was granted a $70 million grant from the National Institute of Aging alongside Dr. Paul Aisen from the University of Southern California and Dr. Ronald Petersen from the Mayo Clinic to develop a network of testing sites across various medical centers in America.
" When I was in medical school, we lost my grandfather to Alzheimer's in just a few short years—even though he lived almost another decade. Once you see that you become very motivated to do something to stop this disease. I swore that by the time my dad reached the age of my grandfather, we would have a cure. Unfortunately, my dad was diagnosed last year.
But I am more hopeful than I have ever been in my career. I am convinced that we have potential disease-modifying treatments for Alzheimer’s disease in the test tubes right now and that starting these treatments at much earlier stages of Alzheimer’s disease will give us a chance to prevent further memory loss.”
-Dr. Reisa Sperling