Brain Health and Dementia - IG Live with Dr Lisa Mosconi

Published: 23rd June 2020

Dr Louise Newson was delighted to join Dr Lisa Mosconi for an enlightening Instagram Live all about women's brain health and dementia. Dr Mosconi is the director of the Women's Brain Initiative and the associate director of the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College, where she is also associate professor of Neuroscience in Neurology and Radiology. 

In this video, you can watch as Dr Newson and Dr Mosconi explore the various reasons why women are more likely than men to suffer from depression, anxiety, migraines and Alzheimer's disease. Studies have shown that oestrogen is very important for brain function and without oestrogen the brain has less energy. Dr Mosconi has found that women have a rapid decline in brain function around the time of the menopause and joins Dr Newson in discussing why replacing hormones can improve symptoms of memory loss, poor concentration and low mood. Dr Newson and Dr Mosconi also discuss the importance of nutrition and exercise and the role they can play in improving brain health. In addition, they talk about sleeplessness and explore how poor sleep can have a negative effect on our brains as well as our future health.

As well as her important research, Dr Mosconi also talks about her bestselling new book, The XX Brain, which presents research showing that women's brains age distinctly from men's, mostly due to the decline in oestrogen levels that happens around the menopause.

Find out more about The XX Brain

Watch the full video below:


Newson Health Menopause and Wellbeing Centre was founded by leading menopause specialist and GP, Dr Louise Newson, and officially opened in September 2018 by Liz Earle MBE. Created to help women receive the most appropriate, individualised treatment for their perimenopause and menopause, it has quickly become a centre of excellence, providing care to women of all ages, as well as running educational events for primary care clinicians.

Dr Newson is also the founder of the Menopause Doctor website, a free resource since 2017, providing the latest unbiased, evidence based information about the menopause and perimenopause for women as well as the most recent national and international menopause articles and guidelines for healthcare professionals. The website has been adopted by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) as an official educational library aimed at patients and healthcare professionals wishing to learn more about the menopause.

Newson Health Research and Education is a not-for-profit organisation founded by Dr Newson, from which all profits gained from the organisation's activities, such as event sponsorship, delegate fees and speaker's fees, are invested back into the business.