Dr. Alvarez completed his undergraduate degree at Boston College and earned his MD from St. George’s University. He completed residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, fellowship training in Oncologic Surgical Pathology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, General Surgical Pathology fellowship training at Danbury Hospital, and Neuropathology fellowship training at Brown University. Dr. Alvarez is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Boston University and manages laboratory and Brain Bank operations at the Bedford VA Hospital and the Boston VA Hospital, Jamaica Plain. He is a member of the New England Veterans Administration Medical Centers (VISN-1) Brain Banks and the Brain Banks for the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, and Framingham Heart Study.
Dr. Alvarez’s research interests center on the relationship between neurotrauma and neurodegenerative diseases. Much of his current work centers on standardizing Brain Banking protocols between the various centers. He is an acting neuropathologist involved with the brain banks for the Boston University Alzheimer Disease Center, CTE Center, and Framingham Heart Study as well as the PTSD brain bank. Dr. Alvarez is a member of the College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
- Investigator, Framingham Heart Study
- Investigator, Alzheimer's Disease Center, Boston University
- Investigator, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center, Boston University School of Medicine
- Investigator, PTSD Brain Bank, VA Healthcare System
- Published on 8/20/2021
Jiang L, Lin W, Zhang C, Ash PEA, Verma M, Kwan J, van Vliet E, Yang Z, Cruz AL, Boudeau S, Maziuk BF, Lei S, Song J, Alvarez VE, Hovde S, Abisambra JF, Kuo MH, Kanaan N, Murray ME, Crary JF, Zhao J, Cheng JX, Petrucelli L, Li H, Emili A, Wolozin B. Interaction of tau with HNRNPA2B1 and N6-methyladenosine RNA mediates the progression of tauopathy. Mol Cell. 2021 Aug 20. PMID: 34453888.
- Published on 8/17/2021
Cherry JD, Agus F, Dixon E, Huber B, Alvarez VE, Mez J, McKee AC, Labadorf A, Stein TD. Differential gene expression in the cortical sulcus compared to the gyral crest within the early stages of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Free Neuropathol. 2021; 2. PMID: 34485990.
- Published on 6/25/2021
Gutierrez-Quiceno L, Dammer EB, Johnson AG, Webster JA, Shah R, Duong D, Yin L, Seyfried NT, Alvarez VE, Stein TD, McKee AC, Hales CM. A proteomic network approach resolves stage-specific molecular phenotypes in chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Mol Neurodegener. 2021 06 25; 16(1):40. PMID: 34172091.
- Published on 5/21/2021
Chancellor KB, Chancellor SE, Duke-Cohan JE, Huber BR, Stein TD, Alvarez VE, Okaty BW, Dymecki SM, McKee AC. Altered oligodendroglia and astroglia in chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Acta Neuropathol. 2021 08; 142(2):295-321. PMID: 34019156.
- Published on 5/12/2021
Cherry JD, Esnault CD, Baucom ZH, Tripodis Y, Huber BR, Alvarez VE, Stein TD, Dickson DW, McKee AC. Tau isoforms are differentially expressed across the hippocampus in chronic traumatic encephalopathy and Alzheimer's disease. Acta Neuropathol Commun. 2021 05 12; 9(1):86. PMID: 33980303.
- Published on 4/7/2021
Mez J, Alosco ML, Daneshvar DH, Saltiel N, Baucom Z, Abdolmohammadi B, Uretsky M, Nicks R, Martin BM, Palmisano JN, Nowinski CJ, Montenigro P, Solomon TM, Mahar I, Cherry JD, Alvarez VE, Dwyer B, Goldstein LE, Katz DI, Cantu RC, Kowall NW, Tripodis Y, Huber BR, Stein TD, Stern RA, McKee AC. Validity of the 2014 traumatic encephalopathy syndrome criteria for CTE pathology. Alzheimers Dement. 2021 Apr 07. PMID: 33826224.
- Published on 2/22/2021
Bieniek KF, Cairns NJ, Crary JF, Dickson DW, Folkerth RD, Keene CD, Litvan I, Perl DP, Stein TD, Vonsattel JP, Stewart W, Dams-O'Connor K, Gordon WA, Tripodis Y, Alvarez VE, Mez J, Alosco ML, McKee AC. The Second NINDS/NIBIB Consensus Meeting to Define Neuropathological Criteria for the Diagnosis of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2021 Feb 22; 80(3):210-219. PMID: 33611507.
- Published on 12/5/2020
Cherry JD, Meng G, Daley S, Xia W, Svirsky S, Alvarez VE, Nicks R, Pothast M, Kelley H, Huber B, Tripodis Y, Alosco ML, Mez J, McKee AC, Stein TD. CCL2 is associated with microglia and macrophage recruitment in chronic traumatic encephalopathy. J Neuroinflammation. 2020 Dec 05; 17(1):370. PMID: 33278887.
- Published on 9/17/2020
Adams JW, Alosco ML, Mez J, Alvarez VE, Huber BR, Tripodis Y, Adler CH, Kubilius C, Cormier KA, Mathais R, Nicks R, Kelley HJ, Saltiel N, Uretsky M, Nair E, Aytan N, Cherry JD, Nowinski CJ, Kowall NW, Goldstein LE, Dwyer B, Katz DI, Cantu RC, Stern RA, McKee AC, Stein TD. Association of probable REM sleep behavior disorder with pathology and years of contact sports play in chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Acta Neuropathol. 2020 12; 140(6):851-862. PMID: 32939646.
- Published on 8/22/2020
Mez J, Daneshvar DH, Alosco ML, Alvarez VE, Huber BR, Stein TD, McKee AC. Reply to "Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Primary Age-Related Tauopathy". Ann Neurol. 2020 11; 88(5):1052-1053. PMID: 32754941.
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