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Why LHJ loves him: We first heard him speak at a brain conference and were impressed with his intellect and depth of knowledge, then charmed by his humor and compelling advice on how to keep your brain young and your memory sharp.
Medical degree: Harvard Medical School, 1997
Postdoctoral training: internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital; residency in neurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital; fellowship in neuro-otology at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Bio: Dr. Fotuhi currently heads the Neurology Institute for Brain Health and Fitness in Baltimore. He is also an assistant professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University and a lecturer at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. He has been an active member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Medical Association, International Brain Research Organization, and Society for Neuroscience. His initial clinical research at Johns Hopkins focused on basic brain neurochemistry and on finding effective ways to prevent dementia. More specifically, he worked on longitudinal studies to determine the beneficial role of a combination of vitamins and natural supplements along with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) in maintaining cognitive function and brain health. His current research focuses on finding ways increase brain fitness and prevent late-life Alzheimer's disease. He has published his research findings in prestigious international journals such as Brain Research, Journal of Neuroscience, The Lancet, Nature, Neurology, Neuron, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. His articles have been cited by thousands of scientists around the world. Based on his 23 years of research at Johns Hopkins and Harvard, he has developed and has a patent for a new neuroprotective vitamin supplement for memory and brain health (Remviva).
He has dedicated much of his time to educating the public about memory and aging. He has been the keynote speaker for a dozen conferences around the world. In his book, The Memory Cure: How to Protect Your Brain Against Memory Loss and Alzheimer's Disease, he provides clear and concise information about how to prevent dementia. The Boston Globe, BusinessWeek, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Montreal Gazette, and the London Times, as well as more than 50 television and radio stations in Canada and United States, have interviewed him regarding his book and his research. PBS stations have aired his DVD, Conquering Memory Loss, many times. His second book, The New York Times Puzzles to Keep Your Brain Young: The 6-Step Age-Defying Program, was released in January 2008 and is the focus of his popular program for Public Television, Fight Alzheimer's Early.
Dr. Fotuhi has taken a leadership role in medical education as well. He has received numerous awards for his innovative and dynamic teaching style. He is one of the most popular instructors at Harvard Medical School, where he designed and helped to build two 5-foot-tall brain models for his students in neuroanatomy classes. He won the distinguished teaching award from the American Academy of Neurology in 2001. He has presented academic lectures as the honorary keynote speaker in Canada, Egypt, China, Israel, and Japan; more recently he gave a lecture at a United Nations meeting in New York. He was selected by Baltimore magazine as one of the Most Intriguing Baltimoreans of the Year in 2008, along with Cal Ripken and the president of Johns Hopkins University.