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Forests and Brain Health: Emerging Research

June 16—7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


The link between forests and brain health is a public policy imperative: we face increasing costs for disorders ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to addiction, and forests offer exercise, mindfulness and stress reduction. We are still discovering new species, and forests are a former and a likely future source of new medicines. Research on cardiovascular, immune and neurological systems is expanding worldwide. In people of all ages a forest can increase kindness, altruism, and generosity by provoking awe – the sense of wonder you feel in the presence of something beyond your understanding. For these and many other reasons, natural forests should be protected and accessible to citizens across the state.

Susan A. Masino, Ph.D. is the Vernon Roosa Professor of Applied Science at Trinity College and a recent Bullard Fellow in Forest Research at Harvard University. Her research focuses on links among metabolism, brain activity and behavior and she is dedicated to educational, environmental and public policy issues affecting brain health.

Tuesday, June 16, 7pm
Registration available soon.

Climate Action Now and Save Massachusetts Forests are organizing this series to educate the public about the critical importance of forests for storing carbon to fight climate change, providing critical habitat for native plants and wildlife, purifying air and water, and offering opportunities for nature-based recreation. Yet, almost all of our forests are currently open to logging and resource extraction. We must take action now to protect our forests, before it is too late! The Hitchcock Center is pleased to co-sponsor this event.


June 16
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Hitchcock Center for the Environment