In this hybrid seminar, Professor Lee will reflect on her pioneering and collaborative research on late-life cognition and dementia across multiple settings. Drawing on empirical evidence and carefully harmonized surveys of health and aging (e.g., for Korea, Japan, China, India, the US and Europe), Professor Lee will assess the state of knowledge and evidence regarding risk and resilience factors and the potential for preventing cognitive decline. Her talk will conclude with discussion of current initiatives and global dialogues (political, academic, and industry) about healthy brain aging.
Dr. Jinkook Lee is a Research Professor of Economics and the Program Director of Global Aging, Health, and Policy at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on the economics of aging, with interdisciplinary training and expertise in large-scale population surveys. As the Principal Investigator on several NIH-funded grants, she laid the groundwork for studying Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia and their risk factors and impacts in low and middle-income countries. She has developed the country’s first and only population representative dementia study in India and helped developing sister studies in China, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, and Malawi. She provides scientific advice for WHO, OECD, World Bank, and Asia Development Bank and serves on the editorial boards for several scientific journals. She previously held a professorship at Ohio State University and the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She received her Ph.D. from Ohio State University and B.S. from Seoul National University.