Mass General experts discussed progress towards understanding, treating and preventing brain disorders at the 12th annual Phillips Society luncheon.

Leaders of the Massachusetts General Hospital Interdisciplinary Brain Center and Neuroscience Institute shared their progress towards understanding, treating and preventing brain disorders at the 12th annual Phillips Society luncheon.

The Sept. 13, 2017 event celebrated the incredible impact of philanthropy from Phillips Society members. The Phillips Society represents those who include the Mass General in their estate plan – through a will or other planned gift – and those who establish an endowed fund.

Thanks to Phillips Society Members

“Not only do we work with individuals who are tops in their respective fields, but we really work well together across disciplines.”

Mass General President Peter L. Slavin, MD, welcomed the 236 guests and thanked Phillips Society members for “helping us transform the future of medicine so the medicine for our children and grandchildren will be even better than it is today.”

Emerging tools in imaging and genetics will reveal new treatments for disorders of the brain, said Department of Neurology Chief Merit Cudkowicz, MD, MSc, before she introduced the featured speakers from her program, Jonathan Rosand, MD, MSc, and Steven Arnold, MD.

“We are living in a Golden Age of health,” Dr. Arnold said. “We’re living longer, healthier and more productive lives.” But such longevity increases the risk of neurodegenerative diseases, he added.

Working Across Disciplines

Dr. Rosand went on to offer that exercise of the body and brain, proper sleep and stress control may combat the onset of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. He envisioned neurological tests that become standard primary care practice, much like cholesterol and lipid tests to predict heart disease are today.

The team was optimistic. “Not only do we work with individuals who are tops in their respective fields, but we really work well together across disciplines,” Dr. Rosand noted.

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