Brain Health: Dr. Emily Jacobs PhD @HereHouse
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The scientific body of knowledge - whose body does it serve? Jacobs' examines ways our understanding progresses - in the academy and in popular media - and how it is stalled or obfuscated. For example, progress in women’s brain health has stalled from the lack of female representation in biomedicine, including neuroscience. She will also help us understand the role of popular writers/podcast producers, many of them researchers and doctors themselves, in moving day-to-day consumer actions promoting brain health. Can we trust the establishment? How do we know which rebels to trust? What moves us forward (including emerging research approaches, private sector funding initiatives), vs what gets in the way of all of us having access to reliable science for actionable steps to nurture our brain health, regardless of our age and gender. Jacobs considers the intersection between gender equity in STEM and the status of women’s health - not as concurrent phenomena, but connected ones. She examines critical ways in which progress in women’s health has stalled from the lack of female representation in biomedicine, including neuroscience. She'll end by highlighting emerging research programs, public policy changes, and private sector funding opportunities that position the female body as equal to the male, and by doing so are opening up new frontiers for understanding health and disease. Dr. Jacobs received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and her B.A. from Smith College. Prior to UCSB, she was an Instructor at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Medicine/Division of Women's Health at Brigham & Women's Hospital. She is the recipient of a Brain and Behavior Young Investigator Award, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar Award, a K12 NIH Career Development Award, and was named a National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science Fellow for “distinguished young scientists under 45.” In addition to her research, Dr. Jacobs Lab advocates for diversity in science at the national and international level. Her lab regularly partners with K-12 groups to advance girls’ representation in STEM, work that was featured in the book “STEMinists: The Lifework of 12 Women Scientists and Engineers”. Price : $35.00