Lisa Genova

Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University. She is a member of the Dementia Advocacy and Support Network International and DementiaUSA and is an online columnist for the National Alzheimer's Association. She lives with her husband and two children on the Cape. Still Alice is her first novel. She is currently at work on her second that also centers on a neurologist impairment called Left Neglected.

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Left Neglected

Follow Sarah Nickerson as she strives to recover from a tragic accident and ultimately, rediscover herself.

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Say YES whenever possible

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. One of my kids dying

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Shakespeare. Tell me everything.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. My grandmother

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I'm always open to new ideas, new people

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February 04, 2009

How did I get here? So many of my roads have led me here, it must be inevitable. Let me start at the beginning. Inspired by the stories of Oliver Sacks and a curiosity for understanding how the brain works to affect behavior and reveal who we are, I entered the graduate program in Neuroscience at Harvard in 1994. I quickly became interested in the mechanisms underlying addiction, how the same drug administered chronically could hijack our natural reinforcement systems and dissociate wanting from liking. My lab bench was just down the hall from Rudy Tanzi and others who were working to crack the genetic code for Alzheimer’s. I graduated with a... see more

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