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An Evening of Conversation with Science Journalist Donna Jackson Nakazawa

CFAAC Community Impact Speaker Series: An Evening of Conversation with Science Journalist Donna Jackson Nakazawa.

The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC) is pleased to present author Donna Jackson Nakazawa, interviewed by Dr. Christina Bethell, to discuss her newly released book, The Angel and The Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell That Changed the Course of Medicine.

CFAAC is dedicated to addressing the most critical needs in Anne Arundel County. In 2020, the Fund for Anne Arundel will focus its resources on programs that support opportunities for healthy, thriving, and successful children to flourish in our communities.

Ms. Jackson Nakazawa is an award-winning journalist and internationally recognized speaker whose work explores the intersection of neuroscience, immunology, and human emotion. Her mission is to translate emerging science in ways that help those with chronic conditions find healing. As the topics of trauma informed care and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their relationship to health outcomes continue to be at the forefront of conversations in our community, Ms. Jackson Nakazawa’s exciting research, reporting, and books are bringing new hope and healing to those affected by physical and mental illness.

“The Angel and the Assassin is a provocative and eloquent account of the cutting-edge research that proves the intimate connection between mind and body and that has the capacity to transform our thinking about traumatic stress syndromes, addiction, depression, and dementia. It not only provides hope and a way forward for so many who have suffered greatly, but also sets the stage for a paradigm shift for clinicians and researchers in the decades to come.”
—Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Western Ontario, and coauthor of The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease

An Evening of Conversation with Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Date: February 12, 2020
Location: Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library, 269 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Attendance is free and open to the public, registration is required.
Questions: 410.280.1102
Books will be available for purchase on-site courtesy of The Old Fox Books & Coffeehouse. Limited advance copies can also be purchased through The Old Fox Books & Coffeehouse.

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About Donna Jackson Nakazawa: Ms. Jackson Nakazawa is the author of six books, including her forthcoming book, The Angel and The Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell That Changed the Course of Medicine (Random House/Ballantine, January 2020), which illuminates the newly-understood role of microglia – an elusive type of brain cell capable of Jekyll and Hyde behavior. When triggered, microglia can morph into destroyers and take down synapses, causing depression, anxiety, and Alzheimer’s. But under the right circumstances, they can be angelic healers, repairing the brain in ways that can help alleviate symptoms and prevent disease. Hailed as “riveting,” “stunning,” and “visionary,” The Angel and the Assassin elucidates the biological basis behind the mind-body connection and offers us a radically reconceived picture of human health. Learn more about Donna Jackson Nakazawa here.

About Christina D. Bethell, PhD: Dr. Bethell is a professor and the Director of Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Since 1996, Dr. Bethell has been a national leader in the development of policy, practice and research applications of population health and systems performance measurement and family and community centered improvement methods. As founding director of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) and the National Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health (, a project supported through HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, she has initiated and led the collaborative development, validation and national, state and local implementation and IT based public reporting of child, family and community health and health systems performance measurement tools. Learn more about Dr. Bethell here.


February 12, 2020

Location | Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library - 269 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403
Time | 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Questions | 410.280.1102

February 12 - 6:30PM


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