Sudha Seshadri, MD
Adjunct Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Neurology

MD, All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS)
MBBS, Christian Medical College & Hospital
DM, All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS)




I have been an investigator at the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) since 1998, leading the clinical neurology and neurogenetics cores since 2005 and serving as PI on 9 NIH grants, 5 R01 grants, 3 U01s and a UH2. As a board certified neurologist and Professor of Neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine, I ran a Geriatric Memory Disorders and Dementia clinic, supervised a resident general neurology clinic and covered the in-patient, consult and emergency services for one month in each year. I also served as Co-Director of Medical Education for the Neurology Residency Program between 2005 and 2012. I was Director of the neurology segment of the Biology of Disease/ Disease and Therapy course for 2nd year medical students between 2008-2010 and in 2015-16 and continue to teach the Dementia module. I currently spend 75% of my time on research and mentoring within the context of the Framingham study and have served as primary mentor for over 30 physician and non-physician investigators funded by a wide range of grants, national (K23, AAN, AHA) and international (Fulbright, Bettencourt-Schuller, Sidney-Sax etc.).

In my research capacity, I currently lead the clinical neurology and neurogenetics cores at the FHS, where we explore the cumulated and age-specific impacts of a wide variety of genomic and environmental risk factors underlying stroke, dementia and brain aging across 3 generations of participants. This entails undertaking brain MRI, cognitive tests, brain autopsies, biomarker, candidate gene, genome-wide association, sequencing and expression studies. At FHS, my key contributions have included updating the dementia database with improved tracking, review and new classification systems, studying novel biomarkers such as BDNF, NGF and beta-amyloid, and establishing a brain bank program. In addition I play a major role in consolidating, refining and expanding various aspects of the MRI and stroke databases. Further, as lead neurogenetics investigator I have funded whole exome sequencing on over 1300 Framingham Study participants.

My research focuses on 4 interrelated areas: (a) exploring the correlates of subclinical brain aging including establishing norms for brain MRI and cognitive test performance and relating these measures to novel risk factors (such as visceral fat mass), multiple circulating biomarkers and clinical and subclinical indices of vascular and metabolic disease; (b) the epidemiology of stroke and vascular cognitive impairment including the lifetime risk of stroke, cognitive decline and dementia following stroke, the role of parental stroke and midlife risk factors in determining late-life stroke risk and temporal trends in stroke risk over the past 50 years; (c) the epidemiology of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) including describing the lifetime risk of AD and relating traditional and novel biomarkers (homocysteine, lipids, diabetes, estrogen, bone mineral density, thyroid function, inflammation) to the risk of dementia and AD. I have been especially interested in exploring the role of reversible lifestyle, vascular and metabolic risk factors in determining dementia risk with a special focus on understanding the putative causal pathways and biomarkers, such as leptin and other adipokines, BDNF and other neurotrophic factors, in mediating this risk, and (d) understanding the genomic and epigenetic variation underlying brain aging, stroke, AD and vascular cognitive impairment.

My most significant research contributions have been (i) developing the concept of lifetime risk as applicable to dementia and other chronic diseases, (ii) helping to establish plasma homocysteine as an important risk marker for dementia and AD (including a first author paper in the NEJM in 2002 that has had over 1400 citations), (iii) relating low plasma leptin levels to the risk of dementia and AD (published in JAMA, 2009 as senior author), (iv) describing a novel gene, NINJ2, associated with ischemic stroke (NEJM, 2009 as corresponding author), (v) describing two genes, BIN1 and EXOCL2, associated with Alzheimer disease in the largest, multi-centric genome-wide association study to date (JAMA, 2010 as first author) and identifying novel genes underlying hippocampal volume in healthy adults (Nature Genetics, 2012 as Senior author).

I have over 280 peer-reviewed publications and reviews. I also established, partially fund and coordinate the neurology phenotype working group within the international Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology (CHARGE) consortium started in January 2008. This consortium brings together investigators from several of the leading cohort studies, the FHS, the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study (ARIC), the Cardiovascular Health study (CHS), the Rotterdam study, the Age, Gene, Environment Susceptibility- Reykjavik (AGES-Reykjavik) study and the Austrian Study for Prevention of Stroke (ASPS). In my capacity as coordinator of neuroCHARGE, I am also a founding member of the International Genomics of Alzheimer's Project (IGAP) that brings together 4 major European and US groups who are currently the leaders in AD genomics research, am a PI of the Alzheimer Disease Sequencing Project (ADSP) that assesses rare genetic variation underlying PD in over 11,500 persons, a member of the Steering Committee for the International Stroke Genetics Consortium (ISGC) and Chair of the METASTROKE consortium.

A particular emphasis of mine throughout my career has been and will continue to be mentoring younger colleagues at my own institution and around the world towards academic careers. Collectively, my mentees have over 80 first author papers that I mentored published in leading journals including NEJM, Lancet, Nature Genetics, JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, JAMA Neurology, Annals of Neurology, Brain, Stroke and Neurology.

Investigator
Framingham Heart Study


Director
UT Health San Antonio
Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s & Neurodegenerative Diseases



2013 American Academy of Neurology: Fellow
2013-2013 Boston University: Jack Spivack Excellence in Neurosciences Award
2012 American Neurological Association: Fellow


Plasma Proteome and Risk of Alzheimer Dementia and Related Endophenotypes in the Framingham Study
07/01/2019 - 03/31/2024 (Multi-PI)
PI: Sudha Seshadri, MD
NIH/National Institute on Aging
1RF1AG063507-01

MRI, Cognitive, Genetic and Biomarker Precursors of AD & Dementia in Young Adults
06/01/2016 - 01/31/2021 (Multi-PI)
PI: Sudha Seshadri, MD
NIH/National Institute on Aging
5R01AG033040-10

MRI, Cognitive, Genetic and Biomarker Precursors of AD & Dementia in Young Adults
02/15/2016 - 01/31/2020 (Multi-PI)
PI: Sudha Seshadri, MD
NIH/National Institute on Aging
5R01AG033040-07

An integrated genetic and epigenetic approach to cerebral small vessel disease
04/01/2015 - 03/31/2019 (Subcontract PI)
University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston NIH NINDS
5R01NS087541-04

The Genetics and Biomarkers of Small Vessel stroke
07/01/2017 - 12/31/2018 (Subcontract PI)
University of Maryland, Baltimore County American Heart Assoc


Collaborative GWAS of Dementia, AD and Related MRI and Cognitive Endophenotypes
06/01/2016 - 05/31/2018 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging
4R01AG033193-07

Microgial, Inflammatory and Omics Markers of Cerebral Small Vessel Disease in the CHARGE Consortium
09/30/2016 - 11/30/2017 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke
5UH2NS100605-02

Temporal Trends, Novel Imaging and Molecular Characterization of Preclinical and Clinical Alzheimer Disease in Framingham Cohorts
09/01/2016 - 11/30/2017 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging
3R01AG054076-02S1

ADSP Follow-up in Multi-Ethnic Cohorts via Endophenotypes, Omics & Model Systems
09/01/2016 - 11/30/2017 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging
1U01AG052409-01

Precursors of Stroke Incidence and Prognosis
03/01/2016 - 11/30/2017 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke
5R01NS017950-34

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2021 Therapeutic target discovery in ADSP data via comprehensive whole-genome analysis incorporating ethnic diversity and systems approaches 3U01AG058589-03S1 2
2020 Multidimensional Assessment of Brain Health as A Marker of Dementia Risk and Resilience 1R01AG066524-01A1
2020 Alzheimers-focused Administrative Supplement to Enhance the Imaging Genomics of the Aging Brain Project 3R01AG058464-03S1
2020 Therapeutic target discovery in ADSP data via comprehensive whole-genome analysis incorporating ethnic diversity and systems approaches 5U01AG058589-03 2
2020 Precursors of Stroke Incidence and Prognosis 5R01NS017950-37 621
2020 Precursors of Stroke Incidence and Prognosis 5R01NS017950-37 621
2020 ADSP Follow-up in Multi-Ethnic Cohorts via Endophenotypes, Omics & Model Systems 5U01AG052409-04 55
2020 Temporal Trends, Novel Imaging and Molecular Characterization of Preclinical and Clinical Alzheimer's Disease in the Framingham Cohorts 5R01AG054076-05 83
2019 Plasma Proteome and Risk of Alzheimer Dementia and Related Endophenotypes in the Framingham Study 1RF1AG063507-01
2019 Therapeutic target discovery in ADSP data via comprehensive whole-genome analysis incorporating ethnic diversity and systems approaches 5U01AG058589-02 2
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  1. de Erausquin GA, Snyder H, Carrillo M, Hosseini AA, Brugha TS, Seshadri S. The chronic neuropsychiatric sequelae of COVID-19: The need for a prospective study of viral impact on brain functioning. Alzheimers Dement. 2021 Jan 05. PMID: 33399270
     
  2. Romero JR, Himali JJ, Beiser A, Pase MP, Davis-Plourde KL, Parva P, Seshadri S, Mitchell GF. Aortic stiffness and cerebral microbleeds: The Framingham Heart Study. Vasc Med. 2021 Jan 04; 1358863X20979740.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33393444
     
  3. Baril AA, Beiser AS, Mysliwiec V, Sanchez E, DeCarli CS, Redline S, Gottlieb DJ, Maillard P, Romero JR, Satizabal CL, Zucker JM, Seshadri S, Pase MP, Himali JJ. Slow-wave Sleep and MRI Markers of Brain Aging in a Community-based Sample. Neurology. 2020 Dec 22.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33361258
     
  4. Sargurupremraj M, Suzuki H, Jian X, Sarnowski C, Evans TE, Bis JC, Eiriksdottir G, Sakaue S, Terzikhan N, Habes M, Zhao W, Armstrong NJ, Hofer E, Yanek LR, Hagenaars SP, Kumar RB, van den Akker EB, McWhirter RE, Trompet S, Mishra A, Saba Y, Satizabal CL, Beaudet G, Petit L, Tsuchida A, Zago L, Schilling S, Sigurdsson S, Gottesman RF, Lewis CE, Aggarwal NT, Lopez OL, Smith JA, Valdés Hernández MC, van der Grond J, Wright MJ, Knol MJ, Dörr M, Thomson RJ, Bordes C, Le Grand Q, Duperron MG, Smith AV, Knopman DS, Schreiner PJ, Evans DA, Rotter JI, Beiser AS, Maniega SM, Beekman M, Trollor J, Stott DJ, Vernooij MW, Wittfeld K, Niessen WJ, Soumaré A, Boerwinkle E, Sidney S, Turner ST, Davies G, Thalamuthu A, Völker U, van Buchem MA, Bryan RN, Dupuis J, Bastin ME, Ames D, Teumer A, Amouyel P, Kwok JB, Bülow R, Deary IJ, Schofield PR, Brodaty H, Jiang J, Tabara Y, Setoh K, Miyamoto S, Yoshida K, Nagata M, Kamatani Y, Matsuda F, Psaty BM, Bennett DA, De Jager PL, Mosley TH, Sachdev PS, Schmidt R, Warren HR, Evangelou E, Trégouët DA, Ikram MA, Wen W, DeCarli C, Srikanth VK, Jukema JW, Slagboom EP, Kardia SLR, Okada Y, Mazoyer B, Wardlaw JM, Nyquist PA, Mather KA, Grabe HJ, Schmidt H, Van Duijn CM, Gudnason V, Longstreth WT, Launer LJ, Lathrop M, Seshadri S, Tzourio C, Adams HH, Matthews PM, Fornage M, Debette S. Cerebral small vessel disease genomics and its implications across the lifespan. Nat Commun. 2020 12 08; 11(1):6285.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33293549
     
  5. Vojinovic D, Kalaoja M, Trompet S, Fischer K, Shipley MJ, Li S, Havulinna AS, Perola M, Salomaa V, Yang Q, Sattar N, Jousilahti P, Amin N, Satizabal CL, Taba N, Sabayan B, Vasan RS, Ikram MA, Stott DJ, Ala-Korpela M, Jukema JW, Seshadri S, Kettunen J, Kivimaki M, Esko T, van Duijn CM. Association of circulating metabolites in plasma or serum and risk of stroke: Meta-analysis from seven prospective cohorts. Neurology. 2020 Dec 02.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33268560
     
  6. Li S, Weinstein G, Zare H, Teumer A, Völker U, Friedrich N, Knol MJ, Satizabal CL, Petyuk VA, Adams HHH, Launer LJ, Bennett DA, De Jager PL, Grabe HJ, Ikram MA, Gudnason V, Yang Q, Seshadri S. The genetics of circulating BDNF: towards understanding the role of BDNF in brain structure and function in middle and old ages. Brain Commun. 2020; 2(2):fcaa176.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33345186
     
  7. Stefanidou M, Beiser AS, Himali JJ, Peng TJ, Devinsky O, Seshadri S, Friedman D. Bi-directional association between epilepsy and dementia: The Framingham Heart Study. Neurology. 2020 12 15; 95(24):e3241-e3247.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33097599; DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000011077;
     
  8. Zlokovic BV, Gottesman RF, Bernstein KE, Seshadri S, McKee A, Snyder H, Greenberg SM, Yaffe K, Schaffer CB, Yuan C, Hughes TM, Daemen MJ, Williamson JD, González HM, Schneider J, Wellington CL, Katusic ZS, Stoeckel L, Koenig JI, Corriveau RA, Fine L, Galis ZS, Reis J, Wright JD, Chen J. Vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID): A report from the 2018 National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Workshop. Alzheimers Dement. 2020 Oct 08. PMID: 33030307
     
  9. Hofer E, Roshchupkin GV, Adams HHH, Knol MJ, Lin H, Li S, Zare H, Ahmad S, Armstrong NJ, Satizabal CL, Bernard M, Bis JC, Gillespie NA, Luciano M, Mishra A, Scholz M, Teumer A, Xia R, Jian X, Mosley TH, Saba Y, Pirpamer L, Seiler S, Becker JT, Carmichael O, Rotter JI, Psaty BM, Lopez OL, Amin N, van der Lee SJ, Yang Q, Himali JJ, Maillard P, Beiser AS, DeCarli C, Karama S, Lewis L, Harris M, Bastin ME, Deary IJ, Veronica Witte A, Beyer F, Loeffler M, Mather KA, Schofield PR, Thalamuthu A, Kwok JB, Wright MJ, Ames D, Trollor J, Jiang J, Brodaty H, Wen W, Vernooij MW, Hofman A, Uitterlinden AG, Niessen WJ, Wittfeld K, Bülow R, Völker U, Pausova Z, Bruce Pike G, Maingault S, Crivello F, Tzourio C, Amouyel P, Mazoyer B, Neale MC, Franz CE, Lyons MJ, Panizzon MS, Andreassen OA, Dale AM, Logue M, Grasby KL, Jahanshad N, Painter JN, Colodro-Conde L, Bralten J, Hibar DP, Lind PA, Pizzagalli F, Stein JL, Thompson PM, Medland SE, Sachdev PS, Kremen WS, Wardlaw JM, Villringer A, van Duijn CM, Grabe HJ, Longstreth WT, Fornage M, Paus T, Debette S, Arfan Ikram M, Schmidt H, Schmidt R, Seshadri S. Genetic correlations and genome-wide associations of cortical structure in general population samples of 22,824 adults. Nat Commun. 2020 09 22; 11(1):4796.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32963231; DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-18367-y;
     
  10. McGrath ER, Himali JJ, Levy D, Conner SC, DeCarli C, Pase MP, Ninomiya T, Ohara T, Courchesne P, Satizabal CL, Vasan RS, Beiser AS, Seshadri S. Growth Differentiation Factor 15 and NT-proBNP as Blood-Based Markers of Vascular Brain Injury and Dementia. J Am Heart Assoc. 2020 10 20; 9(19):e014659.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32921207
     
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