Dr. Lisa Mosconi, PhD, is the Director of the Women’s Brain Initiative and Associate Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC)/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where she serves as an Associate Professor of Neuroscience in Neurology and Radiology. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the Department of Psychiatry at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, and t the Department of Nutrition at NYU Steinhardt School of Nutrition and Public Health.
Formerly, Dr. Mosconi was an Assistant Professor of the NYU Department of Psychiatry, where she founded and was the director of the Nutrition & Brain Fitness Lab, and served as the director of the Family History of Alzheimer’s disease research program.
Dr. Mosconi holds a PhD degree in Neuroscience and Nuclear Medicine, and is a certified Integrative Nutritionist and holistic healthcare practitioner.
Her research is well known regarding the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease in at-risk individuals, especially women, using brain imaging techniques such as positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). She is passionately interested in how risk of memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease can be mitigated, if not prevented through the combination of appropriate medical care and lifestyle modifications involving diet, nutrition, physical and intellectual fitness.
Dr. Mosconi has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in prestigious medical journals, including Nature Medicine, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, the Journal of the Medical Association and the British Medical Journal; several book chapters in scientific books including Imaging the Aging Brain (Oxford University Press), Brain Imaging: Translational tools for CNS drug discovery, development and treatment (Elsevier) and the New Encyclopedia of Neuroscience (Elsevier).
Over the course of her career, she has received several fellowships, Federal and non-Federal grants, as well as private donations to support her research, as well as scientific awards including the Young Investigator in Neurosciences Award (Society for Nuclear Medicine), two Best Clinical Investigation prizes (Springer, the Society for Nuclear Medicine, the European Association of Nuclear Medicine), and two Most Cited Paper of the year awards (Springer and European Association of Nuclear Medicine).
Dr. Mosconi’s work has been presented at over 80 international conferences leading to press releases involving TV and radio networks world-wide (CNN, CBS, NBC, the Today Show, the Doctors show, etc.), and major print media including Associated Press, Reuters, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Psychology Today, and several international outlets.
In 2018, Dr. Mosconi published Brain Food: the Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power [Avery/ Penguin Random House]. The book has emerged from Dr. Mosconi’s many years of research and interactions with people at risk for Alzheimer’s disease. As a world-renowned clinical neuroscientist and neuro-nutritionist with over 15 years of experience in the early detection and risk assessment of Alzheimer’s, Dr. Mosconi brings a unique and authoritative perspective to this nascent field. By integrating rigorous scientific knowledge of neuroscience, neurology, biology, genetics, brain imaging, nutrition and preventive medicine, Brain Food sets out to change the way we eat as an essential aspect of healthcare for our wellbeing, our brain first and foremost.
Dr. Mosconi is currently working on her second book with Avery/Penguin Random House, which will be announced soon.