Dr. Richard Myers is Emeritus Professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine. His professional interests focus 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.). Dr. Myers has had a long-standing interest in Huntington’s disease and has participated in a wide range of research investigations for this disease. He was a member of the New England Huntington’s disease “Center Without Walls” since its inception in 1980. His HD studies are best 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 include ethical issues influencing utilization of genetic test procedures.
Dr. Myers been involved in a number of studies in positional cloning. He also participated in the cloning of the gene for Huntington’s disease in 1993. He initiated the genome scan project in the Framingham Study, and a genome scan in Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Myers’ Parkinson’s disease genetic linkage study, known as the “GenePD” study, involved an international collaboration of twenty clinical centers in Parkinson’s disease. The study sought genetic loci involved in risk for PD. From 1993 he has 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.
Dr. Myers has published more than 250 peer reviewed articles, 38 individual NIH funded grants, and mentored many extraordinarily talented students and post-docs.
- Professor Emeritus, Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine
- Professor, Biomedical Genetics, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
- Professor, Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health
- Member, Bioinformatics Graduate Program, Boston University
- Aubrey Milunsky Chair in Human Genetics, Biomedical Genetics, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
- Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University
- Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences
- Georgia State University, PhD
- Georgia State University, MA
- Georgia State University, MEd
- University of Kansas, BA
- Published on 12/17/2019
Ellis N, Tee A, McAllister B, Massey T, McLauchlan D, Stone T, Correia K, Loupe J, Kim KH, Barker D, Hong EP, Chao MJ, Long JD, Lucente D, Vonsattel JPG, Pinto RM, Elneel KA, Ramos EM, Mysore JS, Gillis T, Wheeler VC, Medway C, Hall L, Kwak S, Sampaio C, Ciosi M, Maxwell A, Chatzi A, Monckton DG, Orth M, Landwehrmeyer GB, Paulsen JS, Shoulson I, Myers RH, van Duijn E, Rickards H, MacDonald ME, Lee JM, Gusella JF, Jones L, Holmans P. Genetic Risk Underlying Psychiatric and Cognitive Symptoms in Huntington's Disease. Biol Psychiatry. 2020 May 01; 87(9):857-865. PMID: 32087949.
- Published on 10/16/2019
Agus F, Crespo D, Myers RH, Labadorf A. The caudate nucleus undergoes dramatic and unique transcriptional changes in human prodromal Huntington's disease brain. BMC Med Genomics. 2019 10 16; 12(1):137. PMID: 31619230.
- Published on 7/30/2018
Wyss AB, Sofer T, Lee MK, Terzikhan N, Nguyen JN, Lahousse L, Latourelle JC, Smith AV, Bartz TM, Feitosa MF, Gao W, Ahluwalia TS, Tang W, Oldmeadow C, Duan Q, de Jong K, Wojczynski MK, Wang XQ, Noordam R, Hartwig FP, Jackson VE, Wang T, Obeidat M, Hobbs BD, Huan T, Gui H, Parker MM, Hu D, Mogil LS, Kichaev G, Jin J, Graff M, Harris TB, Kalhan R, Heckbert SR, Paternoster L, Burkart KM, Liu Y, Holliday EG, Wilson JG, Vonk JM, Sanders JL, Barr RG, de Mutsert R, Menezes AMB, Adams HHH, van den Berge M, Joehanes R, Levin AM, Liberto J, Launer LJ, Morrison AC, Sitlani CM, Celedón JC, Kritchevsky SB, Scott RJ, Christensen K, Rotter JI, Bonten TN, Wehrmeister FC, Bossé Y, Xiao S, Oh S, Franceschini N, Brody JA, Kaplan RC, Lohman K, McEvoy M, Province MA, Rosendaal FR, Taylor KD, Nickle DC, Williams LK, Burchard EG, Wheeler HE, Sin DD, Gudnason V, North KE, Fornage M, Psaty BM, Myers RH, O'Connor G, Hansen T, Laurie CC, Cassano PA, Sung J, Kim WJ, Attia JR, Lange L, Boezen HM, Thyagarajan B, Rich SS, Mook-Kanamori DO, Horta BL, Uitterlinden AG, Im HK, Cho MH, Brusselle GG, Gharib SA, Dupuis J, Manichaikul A, London SJ. Multiethnic meta-analysis identifies ancestry-specific and cross-ancestry loci for pulmonary function. Nat Commun. 2018 07 30; 9(1):2976. PMID: 30061609.
- 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.
- 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 01 10; 10(423). PMID: 29321258.
- 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 01 23; 90(4):e264-e272. PMID: 29282329.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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