Richard H. Myers, PhD

Professor, Neurology

Richard Myers
75 E. Newton St Evans Building


My professional interests have focused upon the application of genetic research methods for the investigation of adult onset diseases with complex etiology (Parkinson’s disease, coronary heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, pulmonary function, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis etc.). I have a long-standing interest in Huntington’s disease and have participated in a wide range of research investigations for this disease. I have been a member of the New England Huntington’s disease “Center Without Walls” since its inception in 1980. My HD studies may best be characterized as ‘Neurobiological Studies’ in that they include studies into the mechanisms of disease expression, including complex genetic modifier studies and a series of neuropathological studies of effects of disease expression in the brain. Additional interests are in the ethical issues influencing utilization of genetic test procedures.
I have been involved in a number of studies in positional cloning. I participated in the cloning of the gene for Huntington’s disease in 1993. I initiated the genome scan project in the Framingham Study, and a genome scan in Parkinson’s disease. My Parkinson’s disease genetic linkage study, known as the “GenePD” study, involves an international collaboration of twenty clinical centers in Parkinson’s disease. The study is seeking genetic loci involved in risk for PD. Since 1993 I have participated in genetic linkage studies for hypertension (the HyperGEN study, one of the NHLBI Family Blood Pressure Program Project studies), and the genome scan in the NHLBI Family Heart Study.

Other Positions

  • Director, Genome Science Institute, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Aubrey Milunsky Chair in Human Genetics, Biomedical Genetics, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Professor, Biomedical Genetics, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Professor, Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Mentor for Graduate Medical Students, Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Member, Bioinformatics Graduate Program, Boston University


  • Georgia State University, PhD
  • Georgia State University, MA
  • Georgia State University, MEd
  • University of Kansas, BA


  • Published on 1/11/2018

    Labadorf A, Choi SH, Myers RH. Evidence for a Pan-Neurodegenerative Disease Response in Huntington's and Parkinson's Disease Expression Profiles. Front Mol Neurosci. 2017; 10:430. PMID: 29375298.

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  • Published on 1/10/2018

    Hui KY, Fernandez-Hernandez H, Hu J, Schaffner A, Pankratz N, Hsu NY, Chuang LS, Carmi S, Villaverde N, Li X, Rivas M, Levine AP, Bao X, Labrias PR, Haritunians T, Ruane D, Gettler K, Chen E, Li D, Schiff ER, Pontikos N, Barzilai N, Brant SR, Bressman S, Cheifetz AS, Clark LN, Daly MJ, Desnick RJ, Duerr RH, Katz S, Lencz T, Myers RH, Ostrer H, Ozelius L, Payami H, Peter Y, Rioux JD, Segal AW, Scott WK, Silverberg MS, Vance JM, Ubarretxena-Belandia I, Foroud T, Atzmon G, Pe'er I, Ioannou Y, McGovern DPB, Yue Z, Schadt EE, Cho JH, Peter I. Functional variants in the LRRK2 gene confer shared effects on risk for Crohn's disease and Parkinson's disease. Sci Transl Med. 2018 Jan 10; 10(423). PMID: 29321258.

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  • Published on 12/27/2017

    Reed ER, Latourelle JC, Bockholt JH, Bregu J, Smock J, Paulsen JS, Myers RH. MicroRNAs in CSF as prodromal biomarkers for Huntington disease in the PREDICT-HD study. Neurology. 2018 Jan 23; 90(4):e264-e272. PMID: 29282329.

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  • Published on 10/1/2017

    Lee JM, Chao MJ, Harold D, Abu Elneel K, Gillis T, Holmans P, Jones L, Orth M, Myers RH, Kwak S, Wheeler VC, MacDonald ME, Gusella JF. A modifier of Huntington's disease onset at the MLH1 locus. Hum Mol Genet. 2017 Oct 01; 26(19):3859-3867. PMID: 28934397.

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  • Published on 8/23/2017

    Chao MJ, Gillis T, Atwal RS, Mysore JS, Arjomand J, Harold D, Holmans P, Jones L, Orth M, Myers RH, Kwak S, Wheeler VC, MacDonald ME, Gusella JF, Lee JM. Haplotype-based stratification of Huntington's disease. Eur J Hum Genet. 2017 Nov; 25(11):1202-1209. PMID: 28832564.

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  • Published on 5/2/2017

    Neueder A, Landles C, Ghosh R, Howland D, Myers RH, Faull RLM, Tabrizi SJ, Bates GP. The pathogenic exon 1 HTT protein is produced by incomplete splicing in Huntington's disease patients. Sci Rep. 2017 05 02; 7(1):1307. PMID: 28465506.

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  • Published on 2/6/2017

    Choi SH, Labadorf AT, Myers RH, Lunetta KL, Dupuis J, DeStefano AL. Evaluation of logistic regression models and effect of covariates for case-control study in RNA-Seq analysis. BMC Bioinformatics. 2017 Feb 06; 18(1):91. PMID: 28166718.

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  • Published on 1/1/2017

    Labadorf A, Hoss AG, Myers RH. Neuroimmune Pharmacology. Huntington’s Disease. 2017.

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  • Published on 10/4/2016

    Wake C, Labadorf A, Dumitriu A, Hoss AG, Bregu J, Albrecht KH, DeStefano AL, Myers RH. Novel microRNA discovery using small RNA sequencing in post-mortem human brain. BMC Genomics. 2016 Oct 04; 17(1):776. PMID: 27716130.

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  • Published on 9/28/2016

    Trinh J, Gustavsson EK, Vilariño-Güell C, Bortnick S, Latourelle J, McKenzie MB, Tu CS, Nosova E, Khinda J, Milnerwood A, Lesage S, Brice A, Tazir M, Aasly JO, Parkkinen L, Haytural H, Foroud T, Myers RH, Sassi SB, Hentati E, Nabli F, Farhat E, Amouri R, Hentati F, Farrer MJ. DNM3 and genetic modifiers of age of onset in LRRK2 Gly2019Ser parkinsonism: a genome-wide linkage and association study. Lancet Neurol. 2016 Nov; 15(12):1248-1256. PMID: 27692902.

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