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Today, we are proud to launch our 17 Disruptive Women to Watch in 2017.  As is our custom and commitment to our thesis—Disruptive Women seeks to highlight women from a broad cross-section of disciplines, all of whom profoundly impact health and health care. This year we are doing something different. Given the enormity of the issues we are facing globally, when it comes to Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias, we are focusing this year’s class of extraordinary women on those who are committed to ridding the world of this scourge. Lest you think this affects only the elderly (whatever that means), have a look at the sobering numbers and impact: start with our Brain Health series.

All of our 17 Disruptive Women to Watch in 2017 personify DW’s mission “to serve as a platform for provocative ideas, thoughts, and solutions in the health sphere.”

Disruptive Women in Health Care would like to take a moment to also salute our 16 Disruptive Women to Watch in 2016 and 15 Disruptive Women to Watch in 2015.

Come meet our 17 Disruptive Women to Watch in 2017:

aveyLinda Avey

Co-founder 23andMe and Co-founder and CEO, Curious Inc.


BrintonDr. Roberta Diaz Brinton

Inaugural Director, Center for Innovation in Brain Science, University of Arizona Health Sciences


CarrilloDr. Maria C. Carrillo

Chief Science Officer, Medical and Scientific Relations, Alzheimer’s Association


ComerMeryl Comer

Founding Board Member, USAgaistAlzheimer’s and President, Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative


CrooksDr. Glenna Crooks

Founder and CEO SageMyLife.


HallerStacy Pagos Haller

President and CEO, BrightFocus Foundation


HendersonMarsha B. Henderson

Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health (OWH), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)


LangbaumDr. Jessica Langbaum

Principal Scientist, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and Associate Director, Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative


LathanDr. Corinna E. Lathan

Co-founder, Board Chair and CEO, AnthroTronix


LesserJill Lesser

President, WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s Network and Board Member, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s


MikulskiSenator Barbara Mikulski

Senator, retired


PfeiferDr. Andrea Pfeifer

CEO, AC Immune


PoslunsLynn Posluns

Founder, President and Board Chair, Women’s Brain Health Initiative (WBHI)


SeeleDr. Pernessa Seele

CEO & Founder The Balm In Gilead, Inc.


ElizabethTaylor2Dr. Reisa Sperling

Director, Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment; Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School; Director of Clinical Research, Memory Disorders Unit, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Director, Neuroimaging Program, Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center


TomainoDr. Concetta Tomaino

Executive Director and Co-Founder, Institute for Music and Neurologic Function


TomainoTrish Vradenburg

Founding Board Member and Vice-Chair, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s


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