Sara Manning joined the Penn Memory Center as a clinical fellow this summer, but she has been with the Perelman School of Medicine since 2010, completing her Master’s in Cell and Molecular Biology and Doctor of Medicine.
Sara hails from Boston, Massachusetts and received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude prior to moving to Philadelphia. She became interested in dementia because of its ability to change not only how people feel, but who they are. Dementia presents a unique challenge, inflicting recurrent loss as the disease progresses, forcing family members to repeatedly adjust to a “new normal.” She’s excited to explore her interest in narrative medicine and listen to caregiver, physician, and patient stories to enhance the treatment and caregiving experience.
Sara is also currently working on a book about molecules that hijack the brain, under contract with W.W. Norton.