Penny Dacks, PhD, leads the Aging and Alzheimer's Prevention program, which includes CognitiveVitality.org, a resource providing scientific evidence on ways to promote brain health. Dr. Dacks also works to accelerate the development of prevention therapies with strategic grant funding, conferences, advisory panels and peer-reviewed scientific papers. Areas of interest include epidemiological evidence on and validation of preventative treatments, computational modeling and big-data approaches to predict therapeutic efficacy, crowd-sourcing health data and the application of aging biology to therapeutic development.
Dr. Dacks trained in neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, the University of Arizona, and Queen's University (Canada) with individual fellowships from the National Institute of Health, the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Research Foundation, the ARCS Foundation and the Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation. She has authored over 18 peer-reviewed scientific articles and is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the Gerontological Society of America, the Endocrine Society and the Association for Women in Science.