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 Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Associate Professor, Body Imaging, Radiology, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

Education

  • Northeastern University, PhD
  • University of Hartford, MA
  • John Carroll University, 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 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 1/1/2022

    Jacobs HIL, O'Donnell A, Satizabal CL, Lois C, Kojis D, Hanseeuw BJ, Thibault E, Sanchez JS, Buckley RF, Yang Q, DeCarli C, Killiany R, Sargurupremraj M, Sperling RA, Johnson KA, Beiser AS, Seshadri S. Associations Between Brainstem Volume and Alzheimer's Disease Pathology in Middle-Aged Individuals of the Framingham Heart Study. J Alzheimers Dis. 2022; 86(4):1603-1609. PMID: 35213372.

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  • Published on 1/1/2022

    Baradaran H, Peloso GM, Polak JF, Killiany RJ, Ghosh S, DeCarli CS, Thibault EG, Sperling RA, Johnson KA, Beiser A, Romero JR, Seshadri S. Association of Carotid Intima Media Thickening with Future Brain Region Specific Amyloid-ß Burden. J Alzheimers Dis. 2022; 89(1):223-232. PMID: 35871328.

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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 11/26/2021

    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 01 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. 2022 Apr; 136(2):126-138. 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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