Healthy Brain Research Network Center

Title: Healthy Brain Research Network (HBRN) Collaborating Center

Principal Investigator: Jason Karlawish

Project Coordinator: Terrence Casey and Kristin Harkins 

Dates: 2014 – 2019

With a focus on translation from research to practice to policy, the Healthy Brain Research Network addressed areas critical to public health and healthy aging, with an emphasis on cognitive health and impairment.

Goals of the UPenn Healthy Brain Research Network Collaborating Center

  • Participate in the HBRN’s efforts to establish and advance a research agenda in cognitive health and healthy brain aging, and support doctoral and postdoctoral education and training
  • Collaborate with the CDC’s Healthy Brain Research Network and its CDC scientific collaborators and staff to develop, prioritize, and advance a research agenda that will educate and empower the nation about cognitive health and healthy aging, and other Network priorities
  • Develop and support training in cognitive health and healthy aging with an emphasis on mentoring, education, and training for doctoral candidates and post-doctoral fellows at UPenn and the Healthy Brain Research Network

Key Projects:

  • “Public Health Dimensions of Cognitive Aging” – a UPenn MPH course/certificate program that will be recorded and made available to HBRN
  • HBRN Scholar Program – Competitively selected doctoral and post-doctoral students will be mentored to gain research skills in the areas of cognitive health, cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s Disease, or dementia, and training which will foster skills to communicate clearly about cognitive health and impairment to a broader public
  • With the focus of SIP-003 on campaign development, we will work with HBRN members to provide training and capacity for research and evaluation in health communication message design and evaluation



Thematic Network Members

Read more about the Healthy Brain Research Network:


Relationships Between Cognitive Complaints and Quality of Life in Older Adults With Mild Cognitive Impairment, Mild Alzheimer Disease Dementia, and Normal Cognition

Would an older adult with Alzheimer’s Disease be as distressed by their difficulties in daily life as a person with mild cognitive impairment? Quality of life for adults diagnosed with dementia is measured by their mental and physical wellbeing, social … Read more

Advances in Alzheimer’s imaging are changing the experience of Alzheimer’s disease

Stites, S.D., Milne, R., Karlawish, J. Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment and Disease Monitoring Volume 10, 1 January 2018, Pages 285-300 PRC Investigator, Dr. Jason Karlawish joined S.D. Stites and R. Milne to study how a bio marker-based diagnosis can … Read more