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Davide Balos Cappon, MS, PhD

Assistant Scientist, Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research
Clinical Neuropsychologist, The Deanna & Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health, Hebrew SeniorLife
Instructor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Davide Balos Cappon, MS, PhD is an Instructor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School, an Assistant Scientist of the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, and a practicing board-certified psychologist specialized in clinical neuropsychologist at the Deanna and Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health at Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL). 

Dr. Cappon, as a clinician-scientist, has a multidisciplinary background with specific training and expertise in clinical translational research involving device-based neuromodulation techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial electrical stimulation (tES). He conducted numerous studies examining the mechanisms, safety, and efficacy of these novel noninvasive therapeutic approaches to improve psychiatric symptoms and cognitive functions in aging and neurodegenerative diseases. 

A major focus of Dr. Cappon’s research is on making precise symptom-specific circuit-based neuromodulation therapy more accessible to older adults with cognitive and mood disorders. He has developed novel methods and procedures for the safe, remotely monitored, multi-channel application of tES to older adults in their homes (HB-tES). Dr. Cappon is also investigating the use of a personalized novel and scalable home-based neuromodulation interventions that address the undertreatment of depression and other psychiatric symptoms in the context of dementia. 

At HSL, another central theme of Dr. Cappon's research is preserving and lengthening healthy aging across the lifespan. Serving on the executive committee of the HSL's Healthy Aging Initiative in collaboration with investigators from the Marcus Institute, Dr. Cappon is working on expanding our understanding of multimodal factors determining lifelong health. The initiative will identify physical and mental health markers across the lifespan and promote multimodal interventions that support health and prevent age-related cognitive decline, adopting a whole-person approach to health, aging, and well-being. 

Prior to coming to Hebrew SeniorLife, Dr. Cappon worked at the functional neurosurgery unit at the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery in London UK and has been engaged in translational research at HMS since January 2018, where he has completed Fellowships in Neuromodulation in dementia at the Berenson Allen Center-Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and in geriatric neuropsychiatry at the Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. He is also faculty of the CME course in Transcranial Electrical Stimulation for Neuropsychiatric Applications at Harvard Medical School.