Ronald J. Killiany, PhD

Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology

Ronald Killiany
617.638.8082
700 Albany St Ctr for Adv Biomed Res

Biography

The underlying theme of my research has been to explore structure – function relationships in the brain. To this end, my work has focused on uncovering the morphological changes in the brain that are responsible for the cognitive decline seen in aging and disease processes. In initial studies, I used developmental techniques to examine specific structure-function relationships in the memory system of non-human primates. I continued on to conduct studies of normal aging and cerebrovascular disease. In this work I have focused on characterize the cognitive changes taking place in non-human primate models. As my interests in studying the brain grew, I become involved in structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) studies of normal aging and disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. In this work I have been quantifying volumetric changes taking place in the brain in the course of the disease processes. This work continues to evolve and has changed focus somewhat in the recent years to include studies aimed at exploring the value of MRI in predicting which subjects will progress to develop cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease and which will remain cognitively stable.

Other Positions

  • Associate Professor, Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Professor, Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Associate Professor, Body Imaging, Radiology, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

Education

  • Northeastern University, PhD
  • University of Hartford, MA
  • John Carroll University, BS

Classes Taught

  • GMSAN801
  • GMSBN775
  • GMSBN791

Publications

  • 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 Dec 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. 2021 Dec 02. PMID: 34854549.

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  • Published on 11/26/2021

    Moore TL, Young DA, Killiany RJ, Fonseca KR, Volfson D, Gray DL, Balice-Gordon R, Kozak R. The Effects of a Novel Non-catechol Dopamine Partial Agonist on Working Memory in the Aged Rhesus Monkey. Front Aging Neurosci. 2021; 13:757850. PMID: 34899271.

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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 Jan 04; 98(1):e27-e39. PMID: 34819338.

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  • Published on 11/15/2021

    Uprety A, Moss MB, Rosene DL, Killiany RJ, Moore TL. Curcumin improves reversal learning in middle-aged rhesus monkeys. Behav Neurosci. 2021 Nov 15. PMID: 34780208.

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  • Published on 8/26/2021

    Keating D, Zundel CG, Abreu M, Krengel M, Aenlle K, Nichols MD, Toomey R, Chao LL, Golier J, Abdullah L, Quinn E, Heeren T, Groh JR, Koo BB, Killiany R, Loggia ML, Younger J, Baraniuk J, Janulewicz P, Ajama J, Quay M, Baas PW, Qiang L, Conboy L, Kokkotou E, O'Callaghan JP, Steele L, Klimas N, Sullivan K. Boston biorepository, recruitment and integrative network (BBRAIN): A resource for the Gulf War Illness scientific community. Life Sci. 2021 Nov 01; 284:119903. PMID: 34453948.

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  • Published on 8/26/2021

    Steele L, Klimas N, Krengel M, Quinn E, Toomey R, Little D, Abreu M, Aenlle K, Killiany R, Koo BB, Janulewicz P, Heeren T, Clark AN, Ajama J, Cirillo J, Buentello G, Lerma V, Coller JK, Sullivan K. Brain-Immune Interactions as the Basis of Gulf War Illness: Clinical Assessment and Deployment Profile of 1990-1991 Gulf War Veterans in the Gulf War Illness Consortium (GWIC) Multisite Case-Control Study. Brain Sci. 2021 Aug 26; 11(9). PMID: 34573153.

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  • Published on 7/15/2021

    Tao Q, Alvin Ang TF, Akhter-Khan SC, Itchapurapu IS, Killiany R, Zhang X, Budson AE, Turk KW, Goldstein L, Mez J, Alosco ML, Qiu WQ. Impact of C-Reactive Protein on Cognition and Alzheimer Disease Biomarkers in Homozygous Apolipoprotein E ?4 Carriers. Neurology. 2021 Jul 15. PMID: 34266923.

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  • Published on 7/1/2021

    Farris CW, Killiany RJ, O'Donoghue E, Koo BB, Wainford RD, Moss MB, Rosene DL, Moore TL. The relationship of age and hypertension with cognition and gray matter cerebral blood volume in a rhesus monkey model of human aging. Behav Neurosci. 2021 Oct; 135(5):680-692. PMID: 34197136.

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  • Published on 3/14/2021

    Zhou X, Qiu S, Joshi PS, Xue C, Killiany RJ, Mian AZ, Chin SP, Au R, Kolachalama VB. Enhancing magnetic resonance imaging-driven Alzheimer's disease classification performance using generative adversarial learning. Alzheimers Res Ther. 2021 03 14; 13(1):60. PMID: 33715635.

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