Ronald J. Killiany, PhD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Anatomy & Neurobiology

PhD, Northeastern University
MA, University of Hartford

The underlying theme of my research has been to explore structure – function relationships in the brain. To this end, my work has focused on uncovering the morphological changes in the brain that are responsible for the cognitive decline seen in aging and disease processes. In initial studies, I used developmental techniques to examine specific structure-function relationships in the memory system of non-human primates. I continued on to conduct studies of normal aging and cerebrovascular disease. In this work I have focused on characterize the cognitive changes taking place in non-human primate models. As my interests in studying the brain grew, I become involved in structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) studies of normal aging and disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. In this work I have been quantifying volumetric changes taking place in the brain in the course of the disease processes. This work continues to evolve and has changed focus somewhat in the recent years to include studies aimed at exploring the value of MRI in predicting which subjects will progress to develop cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease and which will remain cognitively stable.

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

Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Environmental Health

Human Neurobiology Laboratory Support Contract with Pfizer
01/01/2014 - 12/31/2018 (SP Co-PI of Sub-Project / SP)
PI: Kevin C. Thomas, PhD
Pfizer, Inc.

ADNI-DOD-TAU, Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Alzheimer's Disease on Brain Tau in Vietnam Veterans using ADNI
09/22/2016 - 09/21/2018 (PI)
University of Southern California DOD Army Med Resrch

Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative 3 (ADNI3)
09/15/2016 - 07/31/2018 (PI)
University of Southern California NIH NIA

Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative 2 (ADNI2)
08/24/2015 - 03/31/2018 (PI)
University of Southern California NIH NIA

Neurobiological Consequences of Hypertension and Age
03/01/2000 - 02/28/2010 (Co-PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging
5 R37 AG17609 10

Age-Related Changes of Cognition in Health and Disease
08/01/2002 - 07/31/2007 (PI)
Massachusetts General Hospital NIH NIA

A Primate Model of Hypertensive Cerebrovascular
09/30/2002 - 08/31/2004 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging
1 R03 AG21315 01

Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2013 Whole Animal Imaging Core 3UC7AI070088-05S3-6801 1
2012 Whole Animal Imaging Core 3UC7AI070088-05S2-7841 1
2011 Whole Animal Imaging Core 3UC7AI070088-05S1-7216 1
2009 3T quasar dual MRI scanner for multimodal and molecular imaging 1S10RR025035-01
2002 Primate Model of Hypertensive Cerebrovascular Disease 1R03AG021315-01
Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Bauer CM, Cabral HJ, Killiany RJ. Multimodal Discrimination between Normal Aging, Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer''s Disease and Prediction of Cognitive Decline. Diagnostics (Basel). 2018 Feb 06; 8(1).View Related Profiles. PMID: 29415470.
  2. Farrar DC, Mian AZ, Budson AE, Moss MB, Killiany RJ. Functional brain networks involved in decision-making under certain and uncertain conditions. Neuroradiology. 2018 Jan; 60(1):61-69.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29164280.
  3. Alosco ML, Koerte IK, Tripodis Y, Mariani M, Chua AS, Jarnagin J, Rahimpour Y, Puzo C, Healy RC, Martin B, Chaisson CE, Cantu RC, Au R, McClean M, McKee AC, Lin AP, Shenton ME, Killiany RJ, Stern RA. White matter signal abnormalities in former National Football League players. Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2018; 10:56-65.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29201991; DOI: 10.1016/j.dadm.2017.10.003;.
  4. Moore TL, Bowley B, Shultz P, Calderazzo S, Shobin E, Killiany RJ, Rosene DL, Moss MB. Chronic curcumin treatment improves spatial working memory but not recognition memory in middle-aged rhesus monkeys. Geroscience. 2017 12; 39(5-6):571-584.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29047012.
  5. Koo BB, Michalovicz LT, Calderazzo S, Kelly KA, Sullivan K, Killiany RJ, O''Callaghan JP. Corticosterone potentiates DFP-induced neuroinflammation and affects high-order diffusion imaging in a rat model of Gulf War Illness. Brain Behav Immun. 2018 Jan; 67:42-46.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28782715.
  6. Farrar DC, Mian AZ, Budson AE, Moss MB, Koo BB, Killiany RJ. Retained executive abilities in mild cognitive impairment are associated with increased white matter network connectivity. Eur Radiol. 2018 Jan; 28(1):340-347.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28695358.
  7. Bauer CM, Zajac LE, Koo BB, Killiany RJ, Merabet LB. Age-related changes in structural connectivity are improved using subject-specific thresholding. J Neurosci Methods. 2017 Aug 15; 288:45-56.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28647426.
  8. Zajac L, Koo BB, Bauer CM, Killiany R, Behalf Of The Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Seed Location Impacts Whole-Brain Structural Network Comparisons between Healthy Elderly and Individuals with Alzheimer''s Disease. Brain Sci. 2017 Apr 06; 7(4).View Related Profiles. PMID: 28383490; DOI: 10.3390/brainsci7040037;.
  9. Thaker AA, Weinberg BD, Dillon WP, Hess CP, Cabral HJ, Fleischman DA, Leurgans SE, Bennett DA, Hyman BT, Albert MS, Killiany RJ, Fischl B, Dale AM, Desikan RS. Entorhinal Cortex: Antemortem Cortical Thickness and Postmortem Neurofibrillary Tangles and Amyloid Pathology. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2017 May; 38(5):961-965.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28279988; DOI: 10.3174/ajnr.A5133;.
  10. Estrada LI, Robinson AA, Amaral AC, Giannaris EL, Heyworth NC, Mortazavi F, Ngwenya LB, Roberts DE, Cabral HJ, Killiany RJ, Rosene DL. Evaluation of Long-Term Cryostorage of Brain Tissue Sections for Quantitative Histochemistry. J Histochem Cytochem. 2017 Mar; 65(3):153-171.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28080173; DOI: 10.1369/0022155416686934;.
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Cerebrovascular disease
Data analysis
Experimental Design
Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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