About the Creator and Executive Producer
David Shenk is the award-winning, national-bestselling author of six books, including The Genius in All of Us (“deeply interesting and important” – New York Times), The Forgetting (“remarkable” – Los Angeles Times), Data Smog (“indispensable” – New York Times), and The Immortal Game (“superb” – Wall Street Journal). He is a popular speaker, a short-film director, and has contributed to National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Gourmet, Harper’s, Spy, The New Yorker, NPR, and PBS. In 2004, his original term “data smog” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
Shenk’s Alzheimer-related work began with his book The Forgetting in 2001, which won First Prize in the British Medical Association’s Popular Medical Book Awards, and was welcomed by John Bayley as “the definitive work on Alzheimer’s.” The Los Angeles Times Book Review called it, “a remarkable addition to the literature of the science of the mind.”
In January, 2004, PBS broadcast “The Forgetting,” a prime-time Emmy-winning documentary inspired by the book. In 2006, the book was featured in Sarah Polley’s Oscar-nominated film “Away From Her.” In 2010, he completed five short animated “pocket films” about Alzheimer’s, animated by Jossie Malis and narrated by David Hyde Pierce.
Shenk has advised the President’s Council on Bioethics on dementia-related issues, speaks frequently on the history, biology, and social urgency of the disease, and is a Senior Advisor to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. He lives in Brooklyn.