Lisa Mosconi, PhD

Neuroscience & Women’s Health

At the intersection of neuroscience and women’s health, my research is focused on how our genetics, environment, and lifestyle literally shape the brain (the female brain, in particular). Right now, tomorrow, and over the course of a lifetime.


Neuroscientist &

My degrees and research are in neuroscience, nuclear medicine, and nutrition. Further professional information and a detailed CV available here.


Director, Weill Cornell Women’s Brain Initiative

The Weill Cornell's Women Brain Initiative is focused on discovering sex-based molecular targets and precision therapies to prevent, delay, and treat Alzheimer’s disease.


Author, Brain Food (Avery/ Penguin Random House)

Brain Food: the Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power is written to bring 15 years of research out of the lab and into everyone's kitchens and everyday lives.



The Groundbreaking Science Empowering Women

To Maximize Cognitive Health and Prevent Alzheimer’s

Coming out March 2020, THE XX BRAIN (Avery / Penguin Random House) is written to bring 15+ years of research on women’s brains out of the lab and into everyone's everyday lives. The XX Brain is a rally cry for women to have full access to information regarding what is going on in their brains and bodies, and a roadmap for the path to optimal, lifelong brain health.


"Dr. Mosconi boldly takes the question of what differentiates men from women away from just the reproductive organs and focuses on the unique characteristics of the female brain. And it is about time! The XX brain is fully empowering, leveraging the very best science allowing women to enhance cognitive health and gain control of their brain’s destiny"

– David Perlmutter, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Grain Brain

"This extraordinary book gives women cutting-edge, research-based advice on what they particularly need to know to keep their brains functioning at maximum capacity. Highly recommended!" 

– JJ Virgin, New York Times bestselling author of The Virgin Diet


Latest Research

Read more about our peer-reviewed, National Institute on Health (NIH)-funded research on how genetics, lifestyle, nutrition influence brain health, with a specific focus on prevention of Alzheimer's disease.

Women's Health and Alzheimer's Risk

Brain Health: More Diet than Destiny

Maternal History of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic


Brain-Healthy Recipes

The latest research, including my own work, shows that following a healthy diet is crucial to nourish and protect our brains. Here are some of my favorite brain-healthy recipes.






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