“Safe and effective measures for brain protection are vital at any age,” says Dr. Aron Troen, Director of the Nutrition and Brain Health Laboratory at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. “Our goal is to develop new insights into the basic mechanisms of brain aging in order to prevent a decline in psychological and neurological functions.”
Dr. Troen studies risk-factors for conditions ranging from Alzheimer’s to B-vitamin, folic acid, and iodine deficiencies, working to improve vascular health in the brain as a means to help prevent stroke, cerebrovascular disease, and dementia. He has also been examining the effects of liver health on brain function and is exploring the health benefits of functional foods and creating fortified produce.
Involved in public health and nutritional policy in Israel, he serves on government research committees that address hunger and childhood malnutrition. Internationally recognized, Dr. Troen is a visiting scientist with the Neuroscience and Aging Laboratory of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. Among his honors are the Alzheimer’s Association Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute New Investigator Research Grant Award.
A graduate of Hebrew University (B.S.), he received a doctorate from Oxford University.