Neil W. Kowall, MD
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Neurology

MD, University of British Columbia

Dr. Neil W. Kowall was born in Calgary, Canada and graduated with his MD from the University of British Columbia. He moved to Boston for postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital followed by a Neurology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. After finishing his clinical training, he completed a postdoctoral research fellowship and was appointed Assistant Professor of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He moved to the VA and Boston University in 1992 where he is currently Professor of Neurology and Pathology, Chief of Neurology at VA Boston Healthcare System, Director of the VA New England Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center and Director of the NIH-funded Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center. He has published over 199 original reports. His major research interests are human neuroanatomy and neuropathology and the use of animal models to test novel therapies for neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Kowall’s research interests include the following: human neuroanatomy, immunocytochemistry and enzyme histochemistry of the brain, neuropathological basis of neurological disorders, animal models of neurological diseases, geriatric neurology, and cognitive decline in the elderly.

Boston University School of Medicine
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Director of Alzheimer's Disease Center
Boston University School of Medicine
Dean’s Office

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

VA Boston Healthcare System

Multi-center development of a novel diagnostic test for Alzheimer's disease
09/01/2018 - 05/31/2023 (Multi-PI)
PI: Neil W. Kowall, MD
NIH/National Institute on Aging

Boston University Alzheimer's Disease Center
07/01/2017 - 06/30/2021 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging

National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center (NACC)
07/01/2015 - 06/30/2021 (Subcontract PI)
University of Washington NIH NIA

Boston University Alzheimer's Disease Center
09/15/2016 - 06/30/2017 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging

Boston University Alzheimer's Disease Core Center
07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging

Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative
09/30/2010 - 07/31/2016 (Subcontract PI)
University of California, San Diego NIH NIA

Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative
09/30/2010 - 07/31/2016 (Subcontract PI)
University of California, San Diego NIH NIA

National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center (NACC)
07/01/2015 - 06/30/2016 (Subcontract PI)
University of Washington NIH NIA

Boston University Alzheimer's Disease Core Center
07/01/2006 - 06/30/2016 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging

Alzheimer's Disease Translational Research Training
05/01/2011 - 04/30/2016 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging

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National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center (NACC) Yr4/5
VA Biorespository: Gulf War Veterans Illnesses Biorepository
VA Biorepository Brain Bank
VA Biorespository Brain Bank: The National PTSD Brain Bank
Boston University Alzheimer Disease Core Center

Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2021 Multi-center development of a novel diagnostic test for Alzheimer's disease 5R01AG059424-04 2
2020 Multi-center development of a novel diagnostic test for Alzheimer's disease 5R01AG059424-03 2
2020 VA Biorepository: Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses Biorepository 2I01BX003063-05A1
2020 VA Biorepository Brain Bank 5I01BX002466-07 8
2020 Boston University Alzheimer's Disease Center 3P30AG013846-23S3 874
2019 Multi-center development of a novel diagnostic test for Alzheimer's disease 5R01AG059424-02 2
2019 VA Biorepository Brain Bank 5I01BX002466-06 8
2019 Boston University Alzheimer's Disease Center 3P30AG013846-23S1 874
2019 Boston University Alzheimer's Disease Center 5P30AG013846-23 874
2019 Boston University Alzheimer's Disease Center 3P30AG013846-23S2 874
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  1. Hyeon SJ, Park J, Yoo J, Kim SH, Hwang YJ, Kim SC, Liu T, Shim HS, Kim Y, Cho Y, Woo J, Kim KS, Myers RH, Ryu HL, Kowall NW, Song EJ, Hwang EM, Seo H, Lee J, Ryu H. Dysfunction of X-linked inhibitor of apoptosis protein (XIAP) triggers neuropathological processes via altered p53 activity in Huntington's disease. Prog Neurobiol. 2021 Jun 21; 102110.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34166773
  2. Greco FA, McKee AC, Kowall NW, Hanlon EB. Near-Infrared Optical Spectroscopy In Vivo Distinguishes Subjects with Alzheimer's Disease from Age-Matched Controls. J Alzheimers Dis. 2021 Jun 01.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34092628
  3. Mez J, Alosco ML, Daneshvar DH, Saltiel N, Baucom Z, Abdolmohammadi B, Uretsky M, Nicks R, Martin BM, Palmisano JN, Nowinski CJ, Montenigro P, Solomon TM, Mahar I, Cherry JD, Alvarez VE, Dwyer B, Goldstein LE, Katz DI, Cantu RC, Kowall NW, Tripodis Y, Huber BR, Stein TD, Stern RA, McKee AC. Validity of the 2014 traumatic encephalopathy syndrome criteria for CTE pathology. Alzheimers Dement. 2021 Apr 07.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33826224
  4. Kunkle BW, Schmidt M, Klein HU, Naj AC, Hamilton-Nelson KL, Larson EB, Evans DA, De Jager PL, Crane PK, Buxbaum JD, Ertekin-Taner N, Barnes LL, Fallin MD, Manly JJ, Go RCP, Obisesan TO, Kamboh MI, Bennett DA, Hall KS, Goate AM, Foroud TM, Martin ER, Wang LS, Byrd GS, Farrer LA, Haines JL, Schellenberg GD, Mayeux R, Pericak-Vance MA, Reitz C, Graff-Radford NR, Martinez I, Ayodele T, Logue MW, Cantwell LB, Jean-Francois M, Kuzma AB, Adams LD, Vance JM, Cuccaro ML, Chung J, Mez J, Lunetta KL, Jun GR, Lopez OL, Hendrie HC, Reiman EM, Kowall NW, Leverenz JB, Small SA, Levey AI, Golde TE, Saykin AJ, Starks TD, Albert MS, Hyman BT, Petersen RC, Sano M, Wisniewski T, Vassar R, Kaye JA, Henderson VW, DeCarli C, LaFerla FM, Brewer JB, Miller BL, Swerdlow RH, Van Eldik LJ, Paulson HL, Trojanowski JQ, Chui HC, Rosenberg RN, Craft S, Grabowski TJ, Asthana S, Morris JC, Strittmatter SM, Kukull WA. Novel Alzheimer Disease Risk Loci and Pathways in African American Individuals Using the African Genome Resources Panel: A Meta-analysis. JAMA Neurol. 2021 01 01; 78(1):102-113.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33074286; PMCID: PMC7573798; DOI: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2020.3536;
  5. Alosco ML, Tripodis Y, Rowland B, Chua AS, Liao H, Martin B, Jarnagin J, Chaisson CE, Pasternak O, Karmacharya S, Koerte IK, Cantu RC, Kowall NW, McKee AC, Shenton ME, Greenwald R, McClean M, Stern RA, Lin A. A magnetic resonance spectroscopy investigation in symptomatic former NFL players. Brain Imaging Behav. 2020 Oct; 14(5):1419-1429.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30848432; PMCID: PMC6994233; DOI: 10.1007/s11682-019-00060-4;
  6. Adams JW, Alosco ML, Mez J, Alvarez VE, Huber BR, Tripodis Y, Adler CH, Kubilius C, Cormier KA, Mathais R, Nicks R, Kelley HJ, Saltiel N, Uretsky M, Nair E, Aytan N, Cherry JD, Nowinski CJ, Kowall NW, Goldstein LE, Dwyer B, Katz DI, Cantu RC, Stern RA, McKee AC, Stein TD. Association of probable REM sleep behavior disorder with pathology and years of contact sports play in chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Acta Neuropathol. 2020 12; 140(6):851-862.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32939646; PMCID: PMC7669574; DOI: 10.1007/s00401-020-02206-x;
  7. Alosco ML, Cherry JD, Huber BR, Tripodis Y, Baucom Z, Kowall NW, Saltiel N, Goldstein LE, Katz DI, Dwyer B, Daneshvar DH, Palmisano JN, Martin B, Cantu RC, Stern RA, Alvarez VE, Mez J, Stein TD, McKee AC. Characterizing tau deposition in chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE): utility of the McKee CTE staging scheme. Acta Neuropathol. 2020 10; 140(4):495-512.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32778942; PMCID: PMC7914059; DOI: 10.1007/s00401-020-02197-9;
  8. Spencer KR, Foster ZW, Rauf NA, Guilderson L, Collins D, Averill JG, Walker SE, Robey I, Cherry JD, Alvarez VE, Huber BR, McKee AC, Kowall NW, Brady CB, Stein TD. Neuropathological profile of long-duration amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in military Veterans. Brain Pathol. 2020 11; 30(6):1028-1040.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32633852
  9. Cho H, Hyeon SJ, Shin JY, Alvarez VE, Stein TD, Lee J, Kowall NW, McKee AC, Ryu H, Seo JS. Alterations of transcriptome signatures in head trauma-related neurodegenerative disorders. Sci Rep. 2020 06 01; 10(1):8811.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32483284; PMCID: PMC7264177; DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-65916-y;
  10. Sugarman MA, Zetterberg H, Blennow K, Tripodis Y, McKee AC, Stein TD, Martin B, Palmisano JN, Steinberg EG, Simkin I, Budson AE, Killiany R, O'Connor MK, Au R, Qiu WWQ, Goldstein LE, Kowall NW, Mez J, Stern RA, Alosco ML. A longitudinal examination of plasma neurofilament light and total tau for the clinical detection and monitoring of Alzheimer's disease. Neurobiol Aging. 2020 10; 94:60-70.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32585491; PMCID: PMC7484086; DOI: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2020.05.011;
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Bar chart showing 245 publications over 37 distinct years, with a maximum of 16 publications in 1994 and 2013


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