Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini (Marilù) is behavioral neurologist at UCSF, where she holds the Charles Schwab Endowed Professorship in Dyslexia and Neurodevelopment. She is director of the Language Neurobiology Laboratory at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and co-director of the UCSF Dyslexia Center. She is also executive committee member of #issnafBAC.
In this video interview, Prof. Gorno-Tempini talks about her research and her novel approach to follow patients along their whole lifespan, reflecting the cumulative effect of life experiences on the brain: the way the brain develops in childhood will influence how the brain ages and reacts to diseases in adulthood; for this reason, she co-founded and co-directs the first dyslexia center within an aging center.
She tells us about the importance of changing environments --but also about her 'Should I Stay or Should I Go' conflict, so common to many expats.
As in all #issnafstories, we also talked about international collaborations (in her case, to study whether Italian speakers are affected by brain disorders differently from English or Chinese speakers), about the Italian Diaspora, what she mostly misses from Italy, and more!