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Dr. Preston Wayne Estep, III was born and raised in the Midwest. He graduated from Cornell University and received his Ph.D. in Genetics from Harvard University for his graduate work in the lab of genomics pioneer Professor George Church, founder of the Personal Genome Project (PGP).

Dr. Estep is Director of Gerontology and manages genome sequencing as part of the senior management team of the PGP at Harvard Medical School. He is also a co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Veritas Genetics, the company that first broke the $1000 barrier for whole genome sequencing and interpretation. He is a co-founder and adviser to multiple startup companies and non-profit organizations. Dr. Estep is Chairman of the Mind First Foundation, which he co-founded with thought leaders at Harvard Medical School and in the healthcare industry. The foundation is dedicated to scientific mind research and the development of better diagnoses and therapies for brain disorders.

In 2016 Dr. Estep published The Mindspan Diet, a comprehensive synthesis of scientific evidence on the causes of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline. The Mindspan Diet reveals the true magnitude of the officially invisible tidal wave of cognitive decline now overwhelming health care systems in developed countries, and it shows how easily controlled dietary and nutritional factors are unrecognized major contributors to this massive social and healthcare problem.

“There is a way to maximize our mindspan to help prevent Alzheimer’s.”
Director of Gerontology
Personal Genome Project (PGP)
Harvard Medical School



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