This year, the Institute of Medicine released a report on steps each of us can take to promote brain health and cognitive fitness in the later years of life.

As part of the West Virginia University David C. Hardesty Jr. Festival of Ideas, Dr. Charles F. Reynolds III, a professor in geriatric psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, will discuss highlights of the national report and leave you with simple steps to preserve brain health in his talk “Healthy Brain Aging: What You Can Do Now.”

Reynolds’ talk, the 2015 Tanner Lecture, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fukushima Auditorium of the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center North. The event is free and open to the public.

Reynolds is the UPMC Endowed Professor in Geriatric Psychiatry, director of the Advanced Center for Interventions and Services Research in Late-Life Depression Prevention and Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry, and director of the Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh.

His research focuses on mood, grief and sleep disorders of later life as well as mental health services in primary care, improving treatment strategies, depression prevention and promotion of brain health in older adults. Reynolds co-founded the Global Consortium on Depression Prevention, a network of investigators in North America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and earned his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine.

The David C. Hardesty Jr. Festival of Ideas was created in 1995 by former WVU president David C. Hardesty Jr. and is produced by University Events. It was inspired by events he organized as WVU’s student body president in the 1960s. Today, the lecture series spans the academic year and engages a diverse group of newsmakers, public figures, thought leaders and WVU’s own superstars.



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