Sudha Seshadri, MD
Adjunct Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

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 Chobanian and Avedisian 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.

Framingham Heart Study

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

Plasma Proteome and Risk of Alzheimer Dementia and Related Endophenotypes in the Framingham Study
07/01/2019 - 08/31/2022 (Multi-PI)
PI: Sudha Seshadri, MD
NIH/National Institute on Aging

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

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

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

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

AD Gene Discovery: Exome Chip, New Endophenotypes & Functional studies in CHARGE
06/01/2016 - 05/31/2018 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging

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

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

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

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

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2023 Interactions of SARS-CoV-2 infection and genetic variation on the risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease in Ancestral and Admixed Populations 1U19AG076581-01A1
2023 Multiethnic Validation of VCID biomarkers in South Texas 4U01NS125513-02
2023 South Texas Alzheimer's Disease Center Administrative Core 5P30AG066546-03-6178
2023 South Texas Alzheimer's Disease Center Genetics and Multiomics Core 5P30AG066546-03-6185
2023 South Texas Alzheimer's Disease Center 5P30AG066546-03
2023 Multidimensional Assessment of Brain Health as A Marker of Dementia Risk and Resilience 5R01AG066524-04
2023 Precursors of Stroke Incidence and Prognosis 2R01NS017950-38A1
2022 South Texas Alzheimer's Disease Center Genetics and Multiomics Core 5P30AG066546-02-6185
2022 South Texas Alzheimer's Disease Center 5P30AG066546-02
2022 South Texas Alzheimer's Disease Center Administrative Core 5P30AG066546-02-6178
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  1. Nadkarni A, Mukamal KJ, Zhu X, Siscovick D, Brach JS, Jacob M, Seshadri S, Abe T, Rosano C, Djousse L, Rosso AL. Associations of Neurological Biomarkers in Serum with Gait Measures: The Cardiovascular Health Study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2024 Feb 09. PMID: 38334311
  2. Krefman AE, Stephen J, Carolan P, Sedaghat S, Mansolf M, Soumare A, Gross AL, Aiello AE, Singh-Manoux A, Ikram MA, Helmer C, Tzourio C, Satizabal C, Levine DA, Lloyd-Jones D, Briceño EM, Sorond FA, Wolters FJ, Himali J, Launer LJ, Zhao L, Haan M, Lopez OL, Debette S, Seshadri S, Judd SE, Hughes TM, Gudnason V, Scholtens D, Allen NB. Cohort Profile: Dementia Risk Prediction Project (DRPP). Int J Epidemiol. 2024 Feb 01; 53(1).View Related Profiles. PMID: 38339864; PMCID: PMC10858348; DOI: 10.1093/ije/dyae012;
  3. Melgarejo JD, Patil D, Mena LJ, Vatcheva KP, Garcia JA, Satizabal CL, Chavez CA, Pirela RV, Silva E, Calmon G, Lee JH, Terwilliger JD, Seshadri S, Maestre GE. Association of Variability and Hypertensive Loads in 24-h Blood Pressure with Mortality and Cardiovascular Risk. Am J Hypertens. 2024 Jan 31.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38294177
  4. Pase MP, Himali JJ, Puerta R, Beiser AS, Gonzales MM, Satizabal CL, Yang Q, Aparicio HJ, Kojis DJ, Decarli CS, Lopez OL, Longstreth W, Gudnason V, Mosley TH, Bis JC, Fohner A, Psaty BM, Boada M, García-González P, Valero S, Marquié M, Tracy R, Launer LJ, Ruiz A, Fornage M, Seshadri S. Association of Plasma YKL-40 With MRI, CSF, and Cognitive Markers of Brain Health and Dementia. Neurology. 2024 Feb 27; 102(4):e208075.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38290090
  5. Leung YY, Naj AC, Chou YF, Valladares O, Schmidt M, Hamilton-Nelson K, Wheeler N, Lin H, Gangadharan P, Qu L, Clark K, Kuzma AB, Lee WP, Cantwell L, Nicaretta H, Haines J, Farrer L, Seshadri S, Brkanac Z, Cruchaga C, Pericak-Vance M, Mayeux RP, Bush WS, Destefano A, Martin E, Schellenberg GD, Wang LS. Human whole-exome genotype data for Alzheimer's disease. Nat Commun. 2024 Jan 23; 15(1):684.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38263370; PMCID: PMC10805795; DOI: 10.1038/s41467-024-44781-7;
  6. Mei H, Simino J, Li L, Jiang F, Bis JC, Davies G, Hill WD, Xia C, Gudnason V, Yang Q, Lahti J, Smith JA, Kirin M, De Jager P, Armstrong NJ, Ghanbari M, Kolcic I, Moran C, Teumer A, Sargurupremraj M, Mahmud S, Fornage M, Zhao W, Satizabal CL, Polasek O, Räikkönen K, Liewald DC, Homuth G, Callisaya M, Mather KA, Windham BG, Zemunik T, Palotie A, Pattie A, van der Auwera S, Thalamuthu A, Knopman DS, Rudan I, Starr JM, Wittfeld K, Kochan NA, Griswold ME, Vitart V, Brodaty H, Gottesman R, Cox SR, Psaty BM, Boerwinkle E, Chasman DI, Grodstein F, Sachdev PS, Srikanth V, Hayward C, Wilson JF, Eriksson JG, Kardia SLR, Grabe HJ, Bennett DA, Ikram MA, Deary IJ, van Duijn CM, Launer L, Fitzpatrick AL, Seshadri S, Bressler J, Debette S, Mosley TH. Multi-omics and pathway analyses of genome-wide associations implicate regulation and immunity in verbal declarative memory performance. Alzheimers Res Ther. 2024 Jan 20; 16(1):14.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38245754; PMCID: PMC10799499; DOI: 10.1186/s13195-023-01376-6;
  7. González DA, Wang D, Pollet E, Velarde A, Horn S, Coss P, Vaou O, Wang J, Li C, Seshadri S, Miao H, Gonzales MM. Performance of the Dreem 2 EEG headband, relative to polysomnography, for assessing sleep in Parkinson's disease. Sleep Health. 2023 Dec 26.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38151377
  8. Del Brutto VJ, Khasiyev F, Liu M, Spagnolo-Allende A, Qiao Y, Melgarejo Arias JD, Guzman VA, Igwe KC, Sanchez DL, Andrews H, Morales CD, Farrell MT, Bassil DT, Seshadri S, Wagner RG, Mngomezulu V, Manly J, Elkind MS, Berkman L, Romero JR, Maestre GE, Del Brutto OH, Brickman AM, Venketasubramanian N, Chen C, Robert C, Hilal S, Rundek T, Wasserman BA, Gutierrez J. Association of brain arterial diameters with demographic and anatomical factors in a multi-national pooled analysis of cohort studies. Neuroradiol J. 2023 Dec 26; 19714009231224429. PMID: 38148489
  9. Satizabal CL, Beiser AS, Fletcher E, Seshadri S, DeCarli C. A novel neuroimaging signature for ADRD risk stratification in the community. Alzheimers Dement. 2023 Dec 26.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38147416
  10. Baril AA, Kojis DJ, Himali JJ, Decarli CS, Sanchez E, Johnson KA, El Fakhri G, Thibault E, Yiallourou SR, Himali D, Cavuoto MG, Pase MP, Beiser AS, Seshadri S. Association of Sleep Duration and Change Over Time With Imaging Biomarkers of Cerebrovascular, Amyloid, Tau, and Neurodegenerative Pathology. Neurology. 2024 Jan 09; 102(1):e207807.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38165370; PMCID: PMC10834132; DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000207807;
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