Neil W. Kowall, MD

Professor, Neurology

Neil Kowall
857.891.7119
72 E. Concord Street

Biography

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.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Director of Alzheimer's Disease Center, Dean’s Office, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

Education

  • University of British Columbia, MD
  • University of British Columbia, BS

Publications

  • Published on 10/21/2022

    Morrison MS, Aparicio HJ, Blennow K, Zetterberg H, Ashton NJ, Karikari TK, Tripodis Y, Martin B, Palmisano JN, Sugarman MA, Frank B, Steinberg EG, Turk KW, Budson AE, Au R, Goldstein LE, Jun GR, Kowall NW, Killiany R, Qiu WQ, Stern RA, Mez J, McKee AC, Stein TD, Alosco ML. Ante-mortem plasma phosphorylated tau (181) predicts Alzheimer's disease neuropathology and regional tau at autopsy. Brain. 2022 Oct 21; 145(10):3546-3557. PMID: 35554506.

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  • Published on 8/1/2022

    Atherton K, Han X, Chung J, Cherry JD, Baucom Z, Saltiel N, Nair E, Abdolmohammadi B, Uretsky M, Khan MM, Shea C, Durape S, Martin BM, Palmisano JN, Farrell K, Nowinski CJ, Alvarez VE, Dwyer B, Daneshvar DH, Katz DI, Goldstein LE, Cantu RC, Kowall NW, Alosco ML, Huber BR, Tripodis Y, Crary JF, Farrer L, Stern RA, Stein TD, McKee AC, Mez J. Association of APOE Genotypes and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. JAMA Neurol. 2022 Aug 01; 79(8):787-796. PMID: 35759276.

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  • Published on 6/4/2022

    Colvin LE, Foster ZW, Stein TD, Thakore-James M, Salajegheh MK, Carr K, Spencer KR, Abdul Rauf N, Adams L, Averill JG, Walker SE, Robey I, Alvarez VE, Huber BR, McKee AC, Kowall NW, Brady CB. Utility of the ALSFRS-R for predicting ALS and comorbid disease neuropathology: The Veterans Affairs Biorepository Brain Bank. Muscle Nerve. 2022 Aug; 66(2):167-174. PMID: 35585776.

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  • Published on 5/19/2022

    Alvia M, Aytan N, Spencer KR, Foster ZW, Rauf NA, Guilderson L, Robey I, Averill JG, Walker SE, Alvarez VE, Huber BR, Mathais R, Cormier KA, Nicks R, Pothast M, Labadorf A, Agus F, Alosco ML, Mez J, Kowall NW, McKee AC, Brady CB, Stein TD. MicroRNA Alterations in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Front Neurosci. 2022; 16:855096. PMID: 35663558.

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  • Published on 4/20/2022

    Frank B, Ally M, Tripodis Y, Puzo C, Labriolo C, Hurley L, Martin B, Palmisano J, Chan L, Steinberg E, Turk K, Budson A, O'Connor M, Au R, Qiu WQ, Goldstein L, Kukull W, Kowall N, Killiany R, Stern R, Stein T, McKee A, Mez J, Alosco M. Trajectories of Cognitive Decline in Brain Donors With Autopsy-Confirmed Alzheimer Disease and Cerebrovascular Disease. Neurology. 2022 Jun 14; 98(24):e2454-e2464. PMID: 35444054.

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  • Published on 2/9/2022

    Turk KW, Geada A, Alvarez VE, Xia W, Cherry JD, Nicks R, Meng G, Daley S, Tripodis Y, Huber BR, Budson AE, Dwyer B, Kowall NW, Cantu RC, Goldstein LE, Katz DI, Stern RA, Alosco ML, Mez J, McKee AC, Stein TD. A comparison between tau and amyloid-ß cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers in chronic traumatic encephalopathy and Alzheimer disease. Alzheimers Res Ther. 2022 02 09; 14(1):28. PMID: 35139894.

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  • Published on 12/7/2021

    Alosco ML, Mian AZ, Buch K, Farris CW, Uretsky M, Tripodis Y, Baucom Z, Martin B, Palmisano J, Puzo C, Ang TFA, Joshi P, Goldstein LE, Au R, Katz DI, Dwyer B, Daneshvar DH, Nowinski C, Cantu RC, Kowall NW, Huber BR, Alvarez VE, Stern RA, Stein TD, Killiany RJ, McKee AC, Mez J. Structural MRI profiles and tau correlates of atrophy in autopsy-confirmed CTE. Alzheimers Res Ther. 2021 12 07; 13(1):193. PMID: 34876229.

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  • Published on 12/2/2021

    Frank B, Ally M, Brekke B, Zetterberg H, Blennow K, Sugarman MA, Ashton NJ, Karikari TK, Tripodis Y, Martin B, Palmisano JN, Steinberg EG, Simkina I, Turk KW, Budson AE, O'Connor MK, Au R, Goldstein LE, Jun GR, Kowall NW, Stein TD, McKee AC, Killiany R, Qiu WQ, Stern RA, Mez J, Alosco ML. Plasma p-tau181 shows stronger network association to Alzheimer's disease dementia than neurofilament light and total tau. Alzheimers Dement. 2022 Aug; 18(8):1523-1536. PMID: 34854549.

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  • Published on 11/24/2021

    Uretsky M, Bouix S, Killiany RJ, Tripodis Y, Martin B, Palmisano J, Mian AZ, Buch K, Farris C, Daneshvar DH, Dwyer B, Goldstein L, Katz D, Nowinski C, Cantu R, Kowall N, Huber BR, Stern RA, Alvarez VE, Stein TD, McKee A, Mez J, Alosco ML. Association Between Antemortem FLAIR White Matter Hyperintensities and Neuropathology in Brain Donors Exposed to Repetitive Head Impacts. Neurology. 2022 01 04; 98(1):e27-e39. PMID: 34819338.

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  • Published on 10/14/2021

    Brady CB, Robey I, Stein TD, Huber BR, Riley J, Abdul Rauf N, Spencer KR, Walt G, Adams L, Averill JG, Walker S, McKee AC, Thomson SP, Kowall NW. The Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses Biorepository: Supporting Research on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses. Brain Sci. 2021 Oct 14; 11(10). PMID: 34679413.

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