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GLOBAL ~ Declining Rates of Dementia and The Future of Brain Health~ Dr. Peter Whitehouse, MD, PhD


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Event Description: For decades, researchers have chased a pharmaceutical cure for memory loss. But despite the fact that no disease-modifying biotech treatments have emerged, new research suggests that dementia rates have actually declined in the United States and Western Europe over the last decade. Why is this happening? And what does it mean for brain health in the future? Join us for a discussion of the newly-published American Dementia with author Peter Whitehouse, MD, PhD.

Peter J. Whitehouse, MD, PhD is Professor of Neurology at Case Western Reserve University and Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto as well as current former Professor in seven other departments, including Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Nursing, Bioethics, Cognitive Science, Psychology, History, Organizational Behavior and Design and Innovation. He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and MD-PhD (Psychology) from The Johns Hopkins University (with field work at Harvard and Boston Universities, followed by Neurology Residency, Fellowship in Neuroscience and Psychiatry, and a faculty appointment at Hopkins. In 1986, he moved to Case Western Reserve University to develop the University Alzheimer Center. At Case, he received his Master’s in Bioethics and several management credentials. He is the author of hundreds of peer-reviewed publications. In addition to leadership roles in neurological and psychiatric associations, he has served on the board of the American Geriatrics Society and the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association. In 1999 he founded with his wife, Catherine, The Intergenerational School, a unique public multiage, community school ( He considers himself an intergenerative transdisciplinary designer and activist. His fields of endeavor are cognitive/brain health, integrated health care, intergenerational learning, interprofessional practice, deep bioethics, organizational aesthetics, narrative epistemology, transmedia performance arts, civilization transformation, and play. He occasionally performs as Sylvanus, the Tree Doctor, a metaphorical character who asks what humans can learn from trees and forests about health. Currently he leads the InterHub in the Presencing Institute (MIT) and was recently a Fellow at Oxford University. His latest forthcoming book with Danny George is American Dementia: Brain Health in an Unhealthy Society (Johns Hopkins Press, 2021) building on the previous coauthored book The Myth of Alzheimer’s: What You Aren’t Being Told About Today’s Most Dreaded Diagnosis (St. Martins Press 2008).

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