McCance Center for Brain Health
News & Media Coverage
- Decoding information about cognitive health from the brainwaves of sleep
7/15/2023: Exciting research, including McCance's Dr. Jonathan Rosand and Dr. Brandon Westover, introducing "sleep cognitive indices" (SCIs).
- The impact of COVID-19 on older minority adults in the United States: challenges and potential solutions (PDF)
7/12/2023: Important piece, led by McCance's Leidys Gutierrez-Martinez and Dr. Zeina Chemali, on the impact of COVID-19 in certain populations.
- Advancing Health Equity in Acute Neurological Diseases and Neurocritical Care
6/28/2023: McCance's Dr. Nirupama Yechoor is interviewed by Neurocritical Care Currents on how to advance health equity in neurocritical care.
- How you can Protect your Brain Today and in the Future
6/22/2023: McCance Co-Director, Dr. Jonathan Rosand, talks about what you can do to protect your brain health now and in the future in an "ask the expert" piece.
- Disparities in brain health comorbidity management in intracerebral hemorrhage
6/8/2023: Several McCance team members are named authors in this exciting and important work looking at risk factors to understand current clinical practices and whether social determinants of health are associated with providers management rate for these risk factors.
- The everyday things that may short circuit your memory
5/4/2023: Dr. Amy Newhouse helps explain how tweaking your diet, exercise routine, and sleep schedule just a little may reap big benefits for your brain health.
- Virtual reality improving seniors' reality
5/3/2023: Dr. Rudy Tanzi's REACT Neuro is in use at a local assisted-living facility for seniors. Residents are using the virtual reality headsets to detect early signs of memory loss and other declines in cognitive function.
- Dr. Nirupama Yechoor awarded at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting
4/28/2023: Dr. Yechoor received the 2023 Practice Research Training Scholarship for research investigating the impact of adverse social determinants of health on stroke risk and recovery, with hopes to reduce health disparities.
- Driving at Night in the Fog: Sonia Vallabh and Eric Minikel’s Unique Path to a Cure for Prion Disease
1/19/2023: The process of getting a drug to patients is cumbersome and heroic. For Drs. Sonia Vallabh and Eric Minikel, who founded the Prion Alliance to develop therapeutics for human prion disease, their path has been, they say, like “driving at night in the fog.”
Getting Ahead of Family Risk of Alzheimer’s
11/16/2022: Randi contacted the McCance Center because she wanted to get ahead of her familial risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. We talked with her about the steps she took to do something more proactive and mitigate her family risk.
- Bringing Brain Health Support to Navajo Nation
11/15/2022: McCance Center’s Brain Health Clinic Director, Dr. Zeina Chemali, volunteered with the Mass General Outreach Program with Indian Health Service at the Northern Navajo Medical Center (NNMC) in Shiprock, New Mexico. Read about her experiences.
- Introducing Dr. Sanjula Singh: Reflections on Mountaintop Travels and Brain Health
11/1/2022: We recently interviewed Dr. Sanjula Dhillon Singh, MD, PhD, MSc, who joined the McCance Center for Brain Health this month as a fellow. Hear her thoughts on her recent trip through the mountains of Ladakh, India, and the importance of wellness in brain health.
- Mind Over Matter: An Interview with a Long-COVID Study Participant
7/18/2022: We recently interviewed Maria Loscertales, 53, to learn about her experience since contracting COVID-19 in 2021, and participation in a McCance observational study to better understand Long-COVID. En español
- Long-COVID Clinical Trial led by McCance Faculty
7/14/2022: A study by McCance Center faculty studies the effects of a B3 complex, which is vital for cell energy and symptoms of long-COVID.
- Brain Care Score™ Launched through Virtual Group Visits
7/14/22: In partnership with the MGH Revere Healthcare Center, a community-based primary and speciality-care center, the McCance Center has formallly launched the Brain Care Score™ within a virtual setting.
- You Could Have Long COVID and Not Even Know It
6/28/2022: Time Magazine covers research from Leidys Gutierrez-Martinez , MD, MS, Zeina Chemali, MD, MPH and colleagues on the prevalence of post-COVID-19 complications. The research was also covered in Physician's Weekly
- Silent Symptoms of Dementia Over 50s Need to Know
6/27/2022: Eat This, Not That! speaks with Rudy Tanzi, PhD and other experts about subtle, early symptoms to watch out for.
- How Exercise May Help Prevent Alzheimer's
6/22/2022: PBS discusses research into the hormone irisin, its relationship to exercise, and ways that regular exercise can prevent dementia in addition to its other known health benefits.
- New Clues Are Revealing Why Exercise Can Keep the Brain Healthy
6/6/2022: National Geographic discusses research by Christiane Wranne, DVM, PhD into the hormone irisin and its connection to cognitive health.
- Brain Wave Sleep Data Can Predict Future Health Outcomes
6/6/2022: Neuroscience News covers research by Brandon Westover, MD, PhD and Haoqi Sun, PhD into the diagnostic potential of sleep monitoring.
- Two Proteins Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease Begin Disrupting Brain Activity Before Signs of Memory Loss, Study Says
5/4/2022: The Boston Globe covers research into early Alzheimer's diagnosis by Yakeel Quiroz, PhD.
- Hallmarks of Alzheimer’s Found Well Before Diagnosis
5/2/2022: A new study led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital shows that early accumulation of amyloid-β and tau protein begins to disrupt the brain’s connections important for memory years before signs of cognitive impairment were observed.
- Women Responded Better than Men to Early Alzheimer's Intervention, Study Found
4/26/2022: CNN spoke with Rudy Tanzi, PhD about a new study from Florida Atlantic University's Schmidt College of Medicine.
- Can Certain Foods Really Stave Off Dementia?
4/21/2022: Uma Naidoo, MBCHB, spoke with the New York Times about ways to adjust your diet to improve brain and cardiovascular health.
- Dr. Nirupama Yechoor: A passion for treating our most vulnerable patients
4/6/2022: An interview with Nirupama Yechoor, MD, MPH, whose work focuses on addressing disparities and improving outcomes and recovery for people with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH).
- Se Hoon Choi, PhD Awarded a Major Grant to Deepen Understanding of Exercise and Brain Health
4/4/2022: Dr. Choi is the 2022 recipient for The Edward N. & Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation Awards Program in Alzheimer's Disease Drug Discovery Research.
- Newly Elected Neurology Chief Resident Joins McCance Center
3/28/2022: The McCance Center speaks with Neurology Chief Resident about the importance of work-life balance for overall health, and particularly brain health.
- McCance Center Honors History-Making Women in Neuroscience
3/21/2022: Highlighting the past and present achievements of women in the neurosciences, including many at Mass General Neurology.
- Taking Steps to Better Brain Health: “Now I Have a Plan”
3/9/2022: An interview with a McCance Center patient who's taking steps to preserve his brain health to counterbalance a family history of neurological disorders.
- The Tooth Fairy is Calling: Boston researchers seeking baby teeth for health study
3/7/2022: The Boston Globe covers research into how teeth reveal childhood or even in utero stressors by social and psychiatric epidemiologist Erin Dunn, ScD, MPH. The research was also covered by WCVB TV.
- Parkinson Patients Show Metabolic and Inflammatory Changes in Trial
3/4/2022: McCance Center Co-Founder and Co-Director Rudy Tanzi is quoted in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News about Parkinson's research.
- Why is Everyone Standing So Close? Personal Space Boundaries Shifted During the Pandemic
2/27/2022: McCance Center researcher Daphne Holt, MD, PhD spoke with the Wall Street Journal about subjective boundaries and the pandemic.
- A Molecule Transfers Neurologic Benefits of Exercise to the Sedentary
2/17/2022: Neurology Today covers research by Christian Wrann, DVM, PhD into a molecular mechanism that may explain why exercise is good for our brains.
- The End of Alzheimer's
2/16/2022: WebMD speaks with Rudy Tanzi, PhD in an article about new and forthcoming treatments for dementia.
- McCance Center’s Clinical Trial Participant: “Not at the Back of the Pack Anymore”
2/14/2022: An interview with a participant in the McCance Center's Exercise and Brain Health study who found that it provided just the motivation she needed to make some very positive lifestyle changes.
- Loneliness May Triple Dementia Risk
2/9/2022: MedPage Today covers a study on dementia risk factors funded by the McCance Center.
- Biological and Social Determinants of Hypertension Severity Before vs After Intracerebral Hemorrhage
2/7/2022: A new publication in the academic journal Neurology about limitations of post-stroke blood pressure controls.
- Maximizing Brain Health After Hemorrhagic Stroke: Bugher Foundation Centers of Excellence
2/4/2022: Jonathan Rosand, MD, MSc, Alessandro Biffi, and other McCance Center team write about the Bugher center in the academic journal Stroke.
- It's Not Just You — We Are All More Forgetful During the Pandemic, Experts Say. Here's How to Fix It
2/3/2022: ABC News consults Rudy Tanzi, PhD about lifestyle changes that can improve or preserve cognitive function.
- Shield your brain from decline
2/1/2022: The SHIELD acronym, developed by neuroscientist Rudolph Tanzi, co-director of the McCance Center for Brain Health, helps people with lifestyle habits that help protect memory and thinking skills.
- How a Hyperactive Cell in the Brain Might Trigger Alzheimer's Disease
1/30/2022: NPR features work by Rudy Tanzi, PhD, on recent breakthroughs in the understanding of how neurinflammation may trigger Alzheimer's Disease.
- EEG Shows Promise as a Sleep Measure to Understand Cognitive Health
1/24/2022: New research from Mass General indicates that an electroencephalogram (EEG) during sleep can be used to understand not just sleep quality but also neurological and cognitive health.
- New Results Help Understand Early Indicators of Neurologic Risk
1/21/2022: New research from the McCance Center, currently out for review, covers a new way to measure the risk of developing brain disease.
- Recruiting Clinical Trial Participants for Lifestyle Interventions for Alzheimer’s
1/20/2022: The McCance Center recruits people for a study to find out if lifestyle changes may slow down, lessen, or potentially reverse the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
- New McCance Center Research on Exercise, Sleep
1/19/2022: New research by Mass General Research Fellow An Ouyang, PhD, currently under review for publication, indicates that sleep and brain health are tightly linked.
- Sleep Brain Wave Patterns May Help Physicians Diagnose Dementia, Other Cognitive Issues
1/14/2022: A new study from the McCance Center for Brain Health shows that "sleep spindle" brain wave patterns may help improve automated methods for detecting these spindles and correlating them with brain function.
- Rudolph Tanzi: What Can People Do To Maintain Brain Health As They Age?
12/20/2021: Harvard Medical School professor of neurology Rudolph Tanzi joins the "Ask a Harvard Professor" to discusse how lifestyle choices can help maintain brain health during a person’s lifespan.
- Rudy Tanzi, PhD, Shares New Genetic Findings on Alzheimer’s
12/15/2021: GenEdge covers recent research into the memory-robbing disease, including genetics, biomarkers and gene therapy.
New Research May Help People with Long-Haul COVID-19October/November 2021: Brain and Life covers research into long COVID, including work done at the McCance Center.
- Preserving Brain Health after Intracerebral Haemorrhage
10/21/2021: Dr. Jonathan Rosand, Managing Co-Director of the McCance Center for Brain Health, published this review in The Lancet confirming that blood pressure control is key to preserving brain health after intracerebral haemorrhage.
- New Results Show the Benefits of Exercise on Brain Health
10/18/2021: Dr. Christiane Wrann, of the McCance Center for Brain Health at MassGeneral Hospital in Boston, MA, explains what she and others in her lab have discovered recently about the benefits of exercise to improving brain health.
- Leidys Gutiérrez-Martínez & Team Win Clinical and Outcome Research Award
10/14/2021: McCance Center Clinical Research Coordinator Leidys Gutiérrez-Martínez, MD, MSc and a team of colleagues from the McCance Center and the departments of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Medicine presented a poster on MGH Clinical Research Day, October 14, that describes the effects of COVID-19 infection on the brain in patients seen at Mass General.
- How Amyloid-beta Forms Suggests New Strategies for Preventing, Treating Alzheimer's Disease
9/23/2021: Advances in Motion covers research by Dora Kovaczs, PhD, Raja Bhattacharyya, PhD and Rudy Tanzi, PhD, who have found new insights into the formation of amyloid-ß in people with Alzheimer's disease
- Meet Zech Davis, Tougaloo College junior and MGH Bugher Center trainee with the McCance Center for Brain Health
9/23/2021: We recently talked with Zechariah "Zech" Davis from Madison, MS, a Tougaloo Scholar trainee with the ASA-Bugher Center for Brain Health in Hemorrhagic Stroke.
- World Alzheimer's Day Provides Opportunity to Raise Awareness
9/21/2021: Rudy Tanzi, PhD spoke with ABC News affiliate WCVB about World Alzheimer's Day and ways people can keep their brains healthy as they age
- Long-haul COVID-19 Can Last Months. But Here’s Why Experts are Optimistic About Recovery
9/17/2021: USA Today (subscription required) quotes Mass General Neurologist Zeina Chemali, MD, MPH, who is part of the McCance Center for Brain Health Post-COVID Brain Health Clinic
- How Exercise May Help Keep Our Memory Sharp
8/25/2021: The New York Times covered a study by led by Christiane Wrann, DVM, PhD and Se Hoon Choi, PhD that may illuminate the mechanism that connects exercise and cognitive health. The study was also covered by Psychology Today, Mental Daily, Harvard Medical School News and the Economic Times
- Having a Good Listener Improves Your Brain Health
8/16/2021: A new study, the result of a collaboration between numerous research centers including the McCance Center for Brain Health, reveals the ways in which positive social interactions build brain health and resilience
- Ken Ansin, Staying On Track with the McCance Center to Maximize Brain Health
7/27/2021: Mass General spoke with McCance Center patient Ken Ansin about his approach to brain health and his experience at the McCance Center clinic
- Researchers Identify Signaling Molecule That May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s
7/14/2021: Harvard Gazette highlights new work by Rudy Tanzi, PhD and collaborators on the connection between interleukin-3 and neurodegeneration
- Superager Study Uncovers How Aging Brains Maintain Superior Memory
7/6/2021: New Atlas coverage of a study co-authored by Mass General investigators Alexandra Touroutoglou, PhD and Yuta Katsumi, PhD into how "superagers" maintain strong cognitive function into their later years
- Two Inflammatory Proteins Linked With Slower Cognitive Decline
6/23/2021: In a surprising finding, Rudy Tanzi, PhD and collaborators report that elevated levels of two inflammatory proteins were associated with slower cognitive decline in older adults. The research was also covered in Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News and Pharmacy Times
- Aging Well: A Diet for Your Brain
6/22/2021: A Massachusetts General Hospital nutritionist offers tips on food choices that can help you maintain good brain health and age well.
- What to Know About Alzheimer's Disease
6/17/2021: Rudy Tanzi, PhD contributed to an AARP article on about the early symptoms, warning signs and stages of Alzheimer's disease, and what the latest drug news means
- Genetics of Dementia
June 2021: Practical Neurology interviewed Rudy Tanzi, PhD, on how “genetic discovery informs our understanding of disease mechanisms and potential drug targets”
- Local Alzheimer's Patients And Families Hail New Biogen Drug As Landmark
6/8/2021: WGBH spoke with Rudy Tanzi, PhD and other experts and patient advocates about the new drug Aducanumab and its potential to spur further developments in Alzheimer's treatment. Separately, Dr. Tanzi also spoke about the drug with Maria Shriver in a YouTube video for the Women's Alzheimer's Movement
- Harvard Researchers and Clinicians Battle 'Silent Pandemic' of Mental Health Issues
5/27/2021: The Crimson profiles psychiatrists and neurologists including McCance Center researcher Zeina Chemali, MD, MPH, and their efforts to address the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic
- Frontotemporal Dementia at 29: A LiveTalk With Dawn Kirby and Dr. Brad Dickerson
5/20/2021: Brad Dickerson, MD speaks with a patient's mother about the diagnosis, treatment and care of people living with this devastating neurological disorder
- Study Solves Mystery of How Amyloid Beta, a Key Player in Alzheimer’s, Forms in Brain Nerve Cells
5/19/2021: In a major breakthrough, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have discovered how amyloid beta—the neurotoxin believed to be at the root of Alzheimer’s disease (AD)—forms in axons and related structures that connect neurons in the brain, where it causes the most damage
- High-performance Brain-to-text Communication via Handwriting
5/15/2021: McCance Center faculty in the Cerebrovascular Health Research Program published research that clearly demonstrates the importance of blood pressure control after stroke.
- High-performance Brain-to-text Communication via Handwriting
5/12/2021: The cover article in Nature highlights a mechanism developed by Leigh Hochberg, MD, PhD and the BrainGate research group that allows a patient with tetraplegia to write again. The work has also been covered by NPR, c|net, and more
- Keep Your Brain Healthy at Every Age
5/12/2021: Rudy Tanzi, PhD is quoted in this articule about key ways to preserve brain health, and how to tell the difference between normal forgetfulness and warning signs of cognitive decline
- COVID-19 and Its Impact on Brain Health
4/28/2021: Experts from the McCance Center's multidisciplinary COVID-19 Brain Health Clinic highlight knowledge gained over the past year about post-COVID neuropsychiatric complications and preserving brain health in the setting of COVID-19.
- HIV Patients Show Accelerated Aging Related to Altered Sleep
4/20/2021: Medscape covers work by Shibani Mukerji, MD, PhD and Brandon Westover, MD, PhD on the interactions between HIV, sleep patterns, and brain health
- HMS Researchers Use Machine Learning to Recommend Drugs for Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Trials
3/12/2021: The Crimson covers research by collaborators including Mark Albers, MD, PhD, on the uses of machine learning to identify possible Alzheimer's disease drugs
- When Does COVID-19 Become A Disability? 'Long-Haulers' Push For Answers, and Benefits
2/22/2021: NPR covers the ongoing struggles of people with long-term COVID-19 symptoms, and the work of Mass General Neurologist Zeina Chemali, MD, MPH, who runs a clinic focused on their condition
- Clinical Trials Are Moving Out of the Lab and Into People’s Homes
2/18/2021: The New York Times profiles clinical trials that have reduced in-person visits during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a study by Steven Arnold, MD which has moved to an entirely virtual format
- COVID-19 Pandemic Fuels Rise in Alzheimer’s Deaths
2/9/2021: Everyday Health spoke with Marie Pasinski, MD, about increased risks for Alzheimer's patients during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Hospitals Must Help Their Own COVID Long-haulers Recover, Experts Argue
1/12/2021: Eurekalert discusses an article in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine by several Mass General researchers, which highlights the difficulties facing health care providers with long-term post-COVID symptoms. Zeina N. Chemali, MD, MPH, is running a clinic focused on these patients
- “Fringe Theory”? The Link Between Viruses and Alzheimer’s Gains Traction
12/16/2020: Being Patient covers research by Rudy Tanzi, PhD and others on possible links among infections, neuroinflammation, and the production of amyloid in the brain
- FDA Could Move Closer to Approving First New Alzheimer's Drug in Nearly 20 Years
11/5/2020: CNN consults Rudy Tanzi, PhD about the drug approval process for a potential new Alzheimer's treatment now under consideration by the FDA
- Are Infections Seeding Some Cases of Alzheimer’s Disease?
11/4/2020: Nature magazine covers research conducted by investigators including Rudy Tanzi, PhD into a possible explanation for the development of amyloid plaques in the brains of people suffering from Alzheimer's
- New Machine Learning Model May Help Predict Dementia, Harvard Medical School Researchers Report
10/9/2020: The Crimson reports on research into predicting dementia by data scientist Elissa Ye and Neurologist Brandon Westover, MD, PhD of the McCance Center for Brain Health
- SFGate: The Key to Handling Stress and COVID-19
5/5/2020: Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD, Michelle Williams, ScD, Ryan Castle, William C. Bushell, PhD, Kimberly Brouwer, PhD, and Paul J. Mills, PhD all contributed to this article about managing stress during a pandemic
- Mass General Resarcher Haoqi Sun, PhD Wins 2020 Outstanding Investigator Award from Sleep Research Society
4/24/2020: Haoqi Sun, PhD of Massachusetts General Hospital wins the award for his research paper “Brain age from the electroencephalogram of sleep"
- Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: Artificial Intelligence in Sleep Medicine
4/15/2020: Brandon Westover, MD, PhD, is a key author in this academic journal article about analyzing massive amounts of electrophysiological data using AI
- Mass General team detects Alzheimer’s early using electronic health records
12/17/2019: A team of scientists from Mass General has developed a software-based method of scanning electronic health records (EHRs) to estimate the risk that a healthy person will receive a dementia diagnosis in the future
- Brandon Westover, MD, PhD Develops Seizure-predicting Algorithm
10/28/2019: MedScape covers SpikeNet, an innovation that may help with diagnostic testing for epilepsy and warn of clinical decline in critically ill patients, particularly in settings in which EEG expertise is not available
- JAMA Neurology Podcast: Interrater Reliability of Experts in Identifying Interictal Epileptiform Discharges in EEGs
10/21/2019: Interview with Brandon Westover, MD PhD, author of Interrater Reliability of Experts in Identifying Interictal Epileptiform Discharges in Electroencephalograms
- Analytics Society Presents 2019 Innovative Applications in Analytics Award
4/23/2019: A team of medical doctors, researchers and scholars from various institutions including Massachusetts General Hospital received the 2019 Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (IAAA)
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