Penny Dacks, PhD

Penny Dacks, PhD is the Assistant Director for Aging and Alzheimer’s Prevention at the ADDF.  Dr. Dacks is responsible for all aspects of this program, started in 2012 with the mission to evaluate, communicate, and accelerate the scientific evidence on proposed strategies to prevent brain aging, Alzheimer’s disease, and related dementias.  The program has internal evaluations on over 100 potential prevention therapies and has created a website on the science for and against potential strategies to protect against aging and dementia (  The program develops strategic grant funding, conferences, advisory panels, and peer-reviewed scientific papers to accelerate the development of prevention therapies.

Dr. Dacks trained in neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, the University of Arizona, and Queen’s University (Canada) with fellowships from the NIH, the ARCS Foundation, the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Research Foundation, NSERC, and the Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation.  She has authored over 15 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.