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Marilyn S. Albert, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the Harvard Medical School and Director of the Gerontology Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Albert obtained her Ph.D. from McGill University in 1969, and her postdoctoral training at the Boston VA Medical Center from 1977-1980. She has been on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School since 1980, where she currently directs a broad research program in aging and dementia. She is Co-Director of the Geriatric Neurobehavioral Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital and was recently appointed Director of the Harvard-Mahoney Neuroscience Institute at the Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Albert studies cognitive changes associated with normal aging and the diagnosis of very mild Alzheimer's disease. A major theme of her efforts has been to identify changes in mental ability and the corresponding changes in brain structure and function that underlie them. She uses various techniques in this research, including structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the test used to look at Alan Alda's brain in this episode of Scientific American Frontiers. Dr. Albert has authored over 150 publications related to her research topics.


Scientific American Frontiers
Fall 1990 to Spring 2000
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