Claudia L. Satizabal, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Neurology

Claudia Satizabal
72 E. Concord St Robinson (B)


Prior to joining the Framingham Heart Study in 2013, Satizabal earned her doctorate degree, studying the relationship between inflammatory proteins and cerebrovascular and neurodegenerative MRI markers of abnormal brain aging in the French Three-City Study at the INSERM Neuro-Epidemiology laboratory of the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris. In 2007, she was awarded a two-year Utrecht Excellence Scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in epidemiology from Utrecht University. In addition to her work at BUSM and the FHS, Satizabal is actively involved in the neurology and cognitive working groups of the Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology (CHARGE) consortium, where she leads projects investigating the genetic variation in fine motor speed, visual memory, and subcortical brain structures. She participates in several other international collaborations including the AD Cohorts Consortium and the replication phase of the AD sequencing project. She is currently investigating the impact of midlife obesity, as well as different dietary, inflammatory and neurotrophic biomarkers, in association with stroke, cognitive function, MRI markers of abnormal brain aging and dementia.

Other Positions

  • Investigator, Framingham Heart Study


  • Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris VI), PhD
  • Utrecht University, MSc
  • Universidad de Los Andes, BSc


  • Published on 8/21/2023

    Fongang B, Satizabal C, Kautz TF, Wadop YN, Muhammad JAS, Vasquez E, Mathews J, Gireud-Goss M, Saklad AR, Himali J, Beiser A, Cavazos JE, Mahaney MC, Maestre G, DeCarli C, Shipp EL, Vasan RS, Seshadri S. Cerebral small vessel disease burden is associated with decreased abundance of gut Barnesiella intestinihominis bacterium in the Framingham Heart Study. Sci Rep. 2023 Aug 21; 13(1):13622. PMID: 37604954.

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  • Published on 8/16/2023

    Chen J, Doyle MF, Fang Y, Mez J, Crane PK, Scollard P, Satizabal CL, Alosco ML, Qiu WQ, Murabito JM, Lunetta KL. Peripheral inflammatory biomarkers are associated with cognitive function and dementia: Framingham Heart Study Offspring cohort. Aging Cell. 2023 Aug 16; e13955. PMID: 37584418.

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  • Published on 8/14/2023

    Fang Y, Doyle MF, Chen J, Mez J, Satizabal CL, Alosco ML, Qiu WQ, Lunetta KL, Murabito JM. Correction for: Circulating immune cell phenotypes are associated with age, sex, CMV, and smoking status in the Framingham Heart Study offspring participants. Aging (Albany NY). 2023 Aug 14; 15(15):7855-7856. PMID: 37580144.

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  • Published on 8/13/2023

    Sargurupremraj M, Soumare A, Bis JC, Surakka I, Jurgenson T, Joly P, Knol MJ, Wang R, Yang Q, Satizabal CL, Gudjonsson A, Mishra A, Bouteloup V, Phuah CL, van Duijn CM, Cruchaga C, Dufouil C, Chêne G, Lopez O, Psaty BM, Tzourio C, Amouyel P, Adams HH, Jacqmin-Gadda H, Ikram MA, Gudnason V, Milani L, Winsvold BS, Hveem K, Matthews PM, Longstreth WT, Seshadri S, Launer LJ, Debette S. Complexities of cerebral small vessel disease, blood pressure, and dementia relationship: new insights from genetics. medRxiv. 2023 Aug 13. PMID: 37790435.

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  • Published on 8/2/2023

    van Gennip ACE, Satizabal CL, Tracy RP, Sigurdsson S, Gudnason V, Launer LJ, van Sloten TT. Associations of plasma NfL, GFAP, and t-tau with cerebral small vessel disease and incident dementia: longitudinal data of the AGES-Reykjavik Study. Geroscience. 2023 Aug 02. PMID: 37530894.

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  • Published on 7/1/2023

    Cronjé HT, Liu X, Odden MC, Moseholm KF, Seshadri S, Satizabal CL, Lopez OL, Bis JC, Djoussé L, Fohner AE, Psaty BM, Tracy RP, Longstreth WT, Jensen MK, Mukamal KJ. Serum NfL and GFAP are associated with incident dementia and dementia mortality in older adults: The cardiovascular health study. Alzheimers Dement. 2023 Jul 01. PMID: 37392405.

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  • Published on 6/20/2023

    Elahi FM, Alladi S, Black SE, Claassen JAHR, DeCarli C, Hughes TM, Moonen J, Pajewski NM, Price BR, Satizabal C, Shaaban CE, Silva NCBS, Snyder HM, Sveikata L, Williamson JD, Wolters FJ, Hainsworth AH. Clinical trials in vascular cognitive impairment following SPRINT-MIND: An international perspective. Cell Rep Med. 2023 Jun 20; 4(6):101089. PMID: 37343515.

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  • Published on 6/15/2023

    Bouzid H, Belk JA, Jan M, Qi Y, Sarnowski C, Wirth S, Ma L, Chrostek MR, Ahmad H, Nachun D, Yao W, Beiser A, Bick AG, Bis JC, Fornage M, Longstreth WT, Lopez OL, Natarajan P, Psaty BM, Satizabal CL, Weinstock J, Larson EB, Crane PK, Keene CD, Seshadri S, Satpathy AT, Montine TJ, Jaiswal S. Clonal hematopoiesis is associated with protection from Alzheimer's disease. Nat Med. 2023 Jul; 29(7):1662-1670. PMID: 37322115.

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  • Published on 5/26/2023

    Liu X, Barisano G, Shao X, Jann K, Ringman JM, Lu H, Arfanakis K, Caprihan A, DeCarli C, Gold BT, Maillard P, Satizabal CL, Fadaee E, Habes M, Stables L, Singh H, Fischl B, Kouwe AV, Schwab K, Helmer KG, Greenberg SM, Wang DJJ. Cross-Vendor Test-Retest Validation of Diffusion Tensor Image Analysis along the Perivascular Space (DTI-ALPS) for Evaluating Glymphatic System Function. Aging Dis. 2023 May 26. PMID: 37307817.

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  • Published on 5/23/2023

    Duering M, Biessels GJ, Brodtmann A, Chen C, Cordonnier C, de Leeuw FE, Debette S, Frayne R, Jouvent E, Rost NS, Ter Telgte A, Al-Shahi Salman R, Backes WH, Bae HJ, Brown R, Chabriat H, De Luca A, deCarli C, Dewenter A, Doubal FN, Ewers M, Field TS, Ganesh A, Greenberg S, Helmer KG, Hilal S, Jochems ACC, Jokinen H, Kuijf H, Lam BYK, Lebenberg J, MacIntosh BJ, Maillard P, Mok VCT, Pantoni L, Rudilosso S, Satizabal CL, Schirmer MD, Schmidt R, Smith C, Staals J, Thrippleton MJ, van Veluw SJ, Vemuri P, Wang Y, Werring D, Zedde M, Akinyemi RO, Del Brutto OH, Markus HS, Zhu YC, Smith EE, Dichgans M, Wardlaw JM. Neuroimaging standards for research into small vessel disease-advances since 2013. Lancet Neurol. 2023 Jul; 22(7):602-618. PMID: 37236211.

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