Science starts with a desire to answer the unanswered; a fascination with what makes us, us. And for many scientists, this feeling stems from a specific question, usually at a young age.

Virginia Man-Yee Lee is a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania specializing in Alzheimer’s disease research. After a difficult start to life, Virginia works to address one of humankind’s inevitable processes – getting older. Here, she explains how her work has made her feel optimistic about aging, and why we should too.

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