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Who We Are

We founded the Henry and Allison McCance Center for Brain Health in order to provide patients with innovative multidisciplinary care devoted to preventing brain disease and preserving brain function over the lifespan. Jointly led by a neurologist, neuroscientist and psychiatrist, our team draws on all the fields of expertise that can inform care of the brain and its nervous system. Our care team includes physicians, psychologists, nurses, nutritionists, therapists, integrative medicine specialists, and health coaches, all of whom are guided by the latest cutting-edge research conducted by investigators here at Mass General and throughout the world. A crucial focus of our approach is lifestyle choice as it is these choices such as exercise, diet, and stress reduction that can have a substantial impact on our brain health and on our performance as we grow and age.

Our care team includes physicians, psychologists, nurses, nutritionists, therapists, integrative medicine specialists, and health coaches, all of whom are guided by the latest cutting-edge research conducted by investigators here at Mass General and throughout the world. A crucial focus of our approach is lifestyle choice as it is these choices such as exercise, diet, and stress reduction that can have a substantial impact on our brain health as we grow and age.

The Lifespan Approach

Patients treated at the McCance Center are invited to follow-up with us across the lifespan. Our brain health needs change as we age, so too do the lifestyle choices that best serve us. At the McCance Center we attend to these changing needs, re-evaluating and adapting our recommendations over time.

Research Partnership

Based at the nation’s #1 research hospital, we invite all of our patients to become partners in our research mission, which is to identify treatments that prevent brain disease before it strikes and promote brain health across the lifespan. Patients who choose to participate in research become part of our longitudinal study of brain health. They are encouraged to enroll in our Biobank and are offered the opportunity to participate in clinical trials of new treatments and new technologies. The McCance Center and our collaborators from around the world are conducting innovative research with the ultimate goal of reducing the global toll of brain disease and enhancing the brain health of the population.

The Henry and Allison McCance Center for Brain Health brings together the world’s leading scientists—from geneticists to epidemiologists—to understand brain health with innovative, world-class neuroscience and clinical research. The McCance Center integrates different laboratories and scientists across Mass General to develop emerging strategies in the prevention of brain disease, preservation of brain health, and promotion of life-long brain health.

Our Research Program offers:

  • A collaborative, patient-centered approach to research and care that encompasses all aspects of brain health
  • Identification and modification of risk factors for brain disease using state-of-the-art research methods, including genetic and biomarker analysis
  • Mind-Body programs based on the latest science to reduce stress and related conditions

At the McCance Center, you will be offered the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge brain health studies across Mass General and Harvard Medical School. For more information on our research, call our Brain Health Coordinator at 617-726-4881.

What to Expect at Your Appointment

Whether you have concerns about your memory or you’re looking to stay as brain-healthy as possible, our team is here to guide you every step of the way.

Before the appointment, you will complete a brief phone consultation with our Brain Health coordinator and review your goals and concerns.

On the day of your visit, you’ll meet with a physician matched to your specific goals and needs and undergo a personalized brain health check-up. Through baseline cognitive testing, extensive interviewing, and a thorough assessment of risk factors, you and the doctor will create an individualized care plan to optimize your brain health now and into the future.

You’ll gain access to our comprehensive network of brain health programs, including healthy lifestyle classes, integrative therapies, the SMART Program at the Benson-Henry Institute, coaching, and other innovative services at Massachusetts General Hospital, and you will receive access to opportunities to participate in our research programs and other studies at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.