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 currently serve 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 run a Geriatric Memory Disorders and Dementia clinic, supervise a resident general neurology clinic and cover 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.

Senior Investigator
Framingham Heart Study



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


MRI, Cognitive, Genetic and Biomarker Precursors of AD & Dementia in Young Adults
06/01/2016 - 01/31/2020 (Co-PI)
PI: Rhoda Au, PhD
NIH/National Institute on Aging
3R01AG033040-09S1

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

An integrated genetic and epigenetic approach to cerebral small vessel disease
04/01/2015 - 03/31/2019 (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 (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
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

Preclinical AD: Correlates of Amyloid, Tau PET and fcMRI in Framingham Gen 3 Young Adults
05/15/2015 - 11/30/2017 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging
5R01AG049607-03

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2018 Therapeutic target discovery in ADSP data via comprehensive whole-genome analysis incorporating ethnic diversity and systems approaches 1U01AG058589-01A1
2018 Identification of a missing key element underlying apoE2 neuroprotection in Alzheimer's disease and the aging brain 1RF1AG061872-01
2018 Cognitively Healthy Nonagenarians in the Cross Cohort Collaboration (CCC) 1RF1AG059421-01
2018 Precursors of Stroke Incidence and Prognosis 7R01NS017950-35 365
2018 Temporal Trends, Novel Imaging and Molecular Characterization of Preclinical and Clinical Alzheimer's Disease in the Framingham Cohorts 7R01AG054076-03 22
2018 ADSP Follow-up in Multi-Ethnic Cohorts via Endophenotypes, Omics & Model Systems 7U01AG052409-02 8
2018 Preclinical AD: Correlates of Amyloid, Tau PET and fcMRI in Framingham Gen 3 Young Adults 7R01AG049607-04 21
2018 MRI, Cognitive, Genetic and Biomarker Precursors of AD & Dementia in Young Adults 5R01AG033040-09 37
2018 MRI, Cognitive, Genetic and Biomarker Precursors of AD & Dementia in Young Adults 3R01AG033040-09S1 37
2017 Microglial, Inflammatory and Omics Markers of Cerebral Small Vessel Disease in the CHARGE Consortium 5UH2NS100605-02 10
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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. Yakushiji Y, Wilson D, Ambler G, Charidimou A, Beiser A, van Buchem MA, DeCarli C, Ding D, Gudnason V, Hara H, Imaizumi T, Kohara K, Kwon HM, Launer LJ, Mok V, Phan T, Preis SR, Romero JR, Seshadri S, Srikanth V, Takashima Y, Tsushima Y, Wang Z, Wolf PA, Xiong Y, Yamaguchi S, Werring DJ. Distribution of cerebral microbleeds in the East and West: Individual participant meta-analysis. Neurology. 2019 Feb 01.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30709966.
     
  2. Chauhan G, Adams HHH, Satizabal CL, Bis JC, Teumer A, Sargurupremraj M, Hofer E, Trompet S, Hilal S, Smith AV, Jian X, Malik R, Traylor M, Pulit SL, Amouyel P, Mazoyer B, Zhu YC, Kaffashian S, Schilling S, Beecham GW, Montine TJ, Schellenberg GD, Kjartansson O, Guðnason V, Knopman DS, Griswold ME, Windham BG, Gottesman RF, Mosley TH, Schmidt R, Saba Y, Schmidt H, Takeuchi F, Yamaguchi S, Nabika T, Kato N, Rajan KB, Aggarwal NT, De Jager PL, Evans DA, Psaty BM, Rotter JI, Rice K, Lopez OL, Liao J, Chen C, Cheng CY, Wong TY, Ikram MK, van der Lee SJ, Amin N, Chouraki V, DeStefano AL, Aparicio HJ, Romero JR, Maillard P, DeCarli C, Wardlaw JM, Hernández MDCV, Luciano M, Liewald D, Deary IJ, Starr JM, Bastin ME, Muñoz Maniega S, Slagboom PE, Beekman M, Deelen J, Uh HW, Lemmens R, Brodaty H, Wright MJ, Ames D, Boncoraglio GB, Hopewell JC, Beecham AH, Blanton SH, Wright CB, Sacco RL, Wen W, Thalamuthu A, Armstrong NJ, Chong E, Schofield PR, Kwok JB, van der Grond J, Stott DJ, Ford I, Jukema JW, Vernooij MW, Hofman A, Uitterlinden AG, van der Lugt A, Wittfeld K, Grabe HJ, Hosten N, von Sarnowski B, Völker U, Levi C, Jimenez-Conde J, Sharma P, Sudlow CLM, Rosand J, Woo D, Cole JW, Meschia JF, Slowik A, Thijs V, Lindgren A, Melander O, Grewal RP, Rundek T, Rexrode K, Rothwell PM, Arnett DK, Jern C, Johnson JA, Benavente OR, Wasssertheil-Smoller S, Lee JM, Wong Q, Mitchell BD, Rich SS, McArdle PF, Geerlings MI, van der Graaf Y, de Bakker PIW, Asselbergs FW, Srikanth V, Thomson R, McWhirter R, Moran C, Callisaya M, Phan T, Rutten-Jacobs LCA, Bevan S, Tzourio C, Mather KA, Sachdev PS, van Duijn CM, Worrall BB, Dichgans M, Kittner SJ, Markus HS, Ikram MA, Fornage M, Launer LJ, Seshadri S, Longstreth WT, Debette S. Genetic and lifestyle risk factors for MRI-defined brain infarcts in a population-based setting. Neurology. 2019 Jan 16.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30651383.
     
  3. de Vries PS, Sabater-Lleal M, Huffman JE, Marten J, Song C, Pankratz N, Bartz TM, de Haan HG, Delgado GE, Eicher JD, Martinez-Perez A, Ward-Caviness CK, Brody JA, Chen MH, de Maat MPM, Frånberg M, Gill D, Kleber ME, Rivadeneira F, Soria JM, Tang W, Tofler GH, Uitterlinden AG, van Hylckama Vlieg A, Seshadri S, Boerwinkle E, Davies NM, Giese AK, Ikram MK, Kittner SJ, McKnight B, Psaty BM, Reiner AP, Sargurupremraj M, Taylor KD, Fornage M, Hamsten A, März W, Rosendaal FR, Souto JC, Dehghan A, Johnson AD, Morrison AC, O'Donnell CJ, Smith NL. A genome-wide association study identifies new loci for factor VII and implicates factor VII in ischemic stroke etiology. Blood. 2019 Jan 14. PMID: 30642921.
     
  4. Sweeney MD, Montagne A, Sagare AP, Nation DA, Schneider LS, Chui HC, Harrington MG, Pa J, Law M, Wang DJJ, Jacobs RE, Doubal FN, Ramirez J, Black SE, Nedergaard M, Benveniste H, Dichgans M, Iadecola C, Love S, Bath PM, Markus HS, Salman RA, Allan SM, Quinn TJ, Kalaria RN, Werring DJ, Carare RO, Touyz RM, Williams SCR, Moskowitz MA, Katusic ZS, Lutz SE, Lazarov O, Minshall RD, Rehman J, Davis TP, Wellington CL, González HM, Yuan C, Lockhart SN, Hughes TM, Chen CLH, Sachdev P, O'Brien JT, Skoog I, Pantoni L, Gustafson DR, Biessels GJ, Wallin A, Smith EE, Mok V, Wong A, Passmore P, Barkof F, Muller M, Breteler MMB, Román GC, Hamel E, Seshadri S, Gottesman RF, van Buchem MA, Arvanitakis Z, Schneider JA, Drewes LR, Hachinski V, Finch CE, Toga AW, Wardlaw JM, Zlokovic BV. Vascular dysfunction-The disregarded partner of Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimers Dement. 2019 Jan; 15(1):158-167. PMID: 30642436.
     
  5. Franceschini N, Giambartolomei C, de Vries PS, Finan C, Bis JC, Huntley RP, Lovering RC, Tajuddin SM, Winkler TW, Graff M, Kavousi M, Dale C, Smith AV, Hofer E, van Leeuwen EM, Nolte IM, Lu L, Scholz M, Sargurupremraj M, Pitkänen N, Franzén O, Joshi PK, Noordam R, Marioni RE, Hwang SJ, Musani SK, Schminke U, Palmas W, Isaacs A, Correa A, Zonderman AB, Hofman A, Teumer A, Cox AJ, Uitterlinden AG, Wong A, Smit AJ, Newman AB, Britton A, Ruusalepp A, Sennblad B, Hedblad B, Pasaniuc B, Penninx BW, Langefeld CD, Wassel CL, Tzourio C, Fava C, Baldassarre D, O'Leary DH, Teupser D, Kuh D, Tremoli E, Mannarino E, Grossi E, Boerwinkle E, Schadt EE, Ingelsson E, Veglia F, Rivadeneira F, Beutner F, Chauhan G, Heiss G, Snieder H, Campbell H, Völzke H, Markus HS, Deary IJ, Jukema JW, de Graaf J, Price J, Pott J, Hopewell JC, Liang J, Thiery J, Engmann J, Gertow K, Rice K, Taylor KD, Dhana K, Kiemeney LALM, Lind L, Raffield LM, Launer LJ, Holdt LM, Dörr M, Dichgans M, Traylor M, Sitzer M, Kumari M, Kivimaki M, Nalls MA, Melander O, Raitakari O, Franco OH, Rueda-Ochoa OL, Roussos P, Whincup PH, Amouyel P, Giral P, Anugu P, Wong Q, Malik R, Rauramaa R, Burkhardt R, Hardy R, Schmidt R, de Mutsert R, Morris RW, Strawbridge RJ, Wannamethee SG, Hägg S, Shah S, McLachlan S, Trompet S, Seshadri S, Kurl S, Heckbert SR, Ring S, Harris TB, Lehtimäki T, Galesloot TE, Shah T, de Faire U, Plagnol V, Rosamond WD, Post W, Zhu X, Zhang X, Guo X, Saba Y, Dehghan A, Seldenrijk A, Morrison AC, Hamsten A, Psaty BM, van Duijn CM, Lawlor DA, Mook-Kanamori DO, Bowden DW, Schmidt H, Wilson JF, Wilson JG, Rotter JI, Wardlaw JM, Deanfield J, Halcox J, Lyytikäinen LP, Loeffler M, Evans MK, Debette S, Humphries SE, Völker U, Gudnason V, Hingorani AD, Björkegren JLM, Casas JP, O'Donnell CJ. GWAS and colocalization analyses implicate carotid intima-media thickness and carotid plaque loci in cardiovascular outcomes. Nat Commun. 2018 12 03; 9(1):5141.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30510157.
     
  6. Satizabal CL, Samieri C, Davis-Plourde KL, Voetsch B, Aparicio HJ, Pase MP, Romero JR, Helmer C, Vasan RS, Kase CS, Debette S, Beiser AS, Seshadri S. APOE and the Association of Fatty Acids With the Risk of Stroke, Coronary Heart Disease, and Mortality. Stroke. 2018 Dec; 49(12):2822-2829.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30571417.
     
  7. Beecham GW, Vardarajan B, Blue E, Bush W, Jaworski J, Barral S, DeStefano A, Hamilton-Nelson K, Kunkle B, Martin ER, Naj A, Rajabli F, Reitz C, Thornton T, van Duijn C, Goate A, Seshadri S, Farrer LA, Boerwinkle E, Schellenberg G, Haines JL, Wijsman E, Mayeux R, Pericak-Vance MA. Rare genetic variation implicated in non-Hispanic white families with Alzheimer disease. Neurol Genet. 2018 Dec; 4(6):e286.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30569016.
     
  8. Cole JW, Xu H, Ryan K, Jaworek T, Dueker N, McArdle P, Gaynor B, Cheng YC, O'Connell J, Bevan S, Malik R, Ahmed NU, Amouyel P, Anjum S, Bis JC, Crosslin D, Danesh J, Engelter ST, Fornage M, Frossard P, Gieger C, Giese AK, Grond-Ginsbach C, Ho WK, Holliday E, Hopewell J, Hussain M, Iqbal W, Jabeen S, Jannes J, Kamal A, Kamatani Y, Kanse S, Kloss M, Lathrop M, Leys D, Lindgren A, Longstreth WT, Mahmood K, Meisinger C, Metso TM, Mosley T, Müller-Nurasyid M, Norrving B, Parati E, Peters A, Pezzini A, Quereshi I, Rasheed A, Rauf A, Salam T, Shen J, Slowik A, Stanne T, Strauch K, Tatlisumak T, Thijs VN, Tiedt S, Traylor M, Waldenberger M, Walters M, Zhao W, Boncoraglio G, Debette S, Jern C, Levi C, Markus H, Meschia J, Rolfs A, Rothwell P, Saleheen D, Seshadri S, Sharma P, Sudlow C, Worrall B, Stine OC, Kittner SJ, Mitchell BD. Genetics of the thrombomodulin-endothelial cell protein C receptor system and the risk of early-onset ischemic stroke. PLoS One. 2018; 13(11):e0206554. PMID: 30383853.
     
  9. Echouffo-Tcheugui JB, Conner SC, Himali JJ, Maillard P, DeCarli CS, Beiser AS, Vasan RS, Seshadri S. Circulating cortisol and cognitive and structural brain measures: The Framingham Heart Study. Neurology. 2018 Nov 20; 91(21):e1961-e1970.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30355700.
     
  10. Vojinovic D, Adams HH, Jian X, Yang Q, Smith AV, Bis JC, Teumer A, Scholz M, Armstrong NJ, Hofer E, Saba Y, Luciano M, Bernard M, Trompet S, Yang J, Gillespie NA, van der Lee SJ, Neumann A, Ahmad S, Andreassen OA, Ames D, Amin N, Arfanakis K, Bastin ME, Becker DM, Beiser AS, Beyer F, Brodaty H, Bryan RN, Bülow R, Dale AM, De Jager PL, Deary IJ, DeCarli C, Fleischman DA, Gottesman RF, van der Grond J, Gudnason V, Harris TB, Homuth G, Knopman DS, Kwok JB, Lewis CE, Li S, Loeffler M, Lopez OL, Maillard P, El Marroun H, Mather KA, Mosley TH, Muetzel RL, Nauck M, Nyquist PA, Panizzon MS, Pausova Z, Psaty BM, Rice K, Rotter JI, Royle N, Satizabal CL, Schmidt R, Schofield PR, Schreiner PJ, Sidney S, Stott DJ, Thalamuthu A, Uitterlinden AG, Valdés Hernández MC, Vernooij MW, Wen W, White T, Witte AV, Wittfeld K, Wright MJ, Yanek LR, Tiemeier H, Kremen WS, Bennett DA, Jukema JW, Paus T, Wardlaw JM, Schmidt H, Sachdev PS, Villringer A, Grabe HJ, Longstreth WT, van Duijn CM, Launer LJ, Seshadri S, Ikram MA, Fornage M. Genome-wide association study of 23,500 individuals identifies 7 loci associated with brain ventricular volume. Nat Commun. 2018 09 26; 9(1):3945.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30258056.
     
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This graph shows the total number of publications by year, by first, middle/unknown, or last author.

Bar chart showing 435 publications over 26 distinct years, with a maximum of 62 publications in 2015

YearPublications
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Alzheimer Disease
Epidemiology
GEnetics
Stroke
Vascular Cognitive Impairment
Neuroepidemiology

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