‘Still Alice’ and explaining neuroscience through fiction

Image: Still Alice author Lisa Genova speaks at a leadership forum (Boston Globe/Getty) With her novel ‘Still Alice’, Lisa Genova realised how fiction can be used to tell the human stories behind neurological disorders. Now she’s applying her storytelling skills to Huntington’s disease. Lynne Malcolm and Olivia Willis report.The story of Alice Howland, a renowned linguistics professor at Columbia University who develops early-onset dementia at the age of 50, was brought to life by actress Julianne Moore in the critically acclaimed 2014 film Still Alice.It was fiction, though Howland’s story was inspired by a real person: the grandmother of Lisa Genova, the neuroscientist-turned-author whose novel the film was based on. I was told Alzheimer’s is too scary, most people wouldn’t want to read about this topic, yet millions of people…

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