Jayandra J. Himali, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor, Neurology

Jayandra Himali
72 E. Concord St Robinson (B)


Jayandra Jung Himali, PhD, serves as an adjunct Associate Professor of Neurology and Biostatistics at Boston University Schools of Medicine and of Public Health, and a Center Faculty Member of the Framingham Heart Study (FHS). He has been engaged in collaborative public health research and teaching for over a decade. As a senior Biostatistician at the Neurology core of FHS, his research efforts are focused on the interrelated areas of: (1) the epidemiology of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and relating traditional and novel biomarkers to the risk of dementia and AD; (2) the epidemiology of stroke and vascular cognitive impairment; (3) understanding vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia including AD; and (4) investigating the role of modifiable lifestyle factors: sleep, diet and physical activity on the incidence of dementia, cognitive decline and MRI-defined brain aging. His research is also focused on outcome assessment in Epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and neuropathology. He has received the Nepal Bidhya Bhusan Class ‘A’ Medal from the government of Nepal for highest academic achievement in doctoral studies.

Other Positions

  • Investigator, Framingham Heart Study


  • Boston University School of Public Health, PhD
  • Tribhuvan University, MSc
  • Tribhuvan University, BSc


  • Published on 8/22/2023

    Melo van Lent D, Mesa HG, Short MI, Gonzales MM, Aparicio HJ, Salinas J, Yuan C, Jacques PF, Beiser A, Seshadri S, Jacob ME, Himali JJ. Association between dietary inflammatory index score and incident dementia: results from the Framingham heart Study offspring cohort. medRxiv. 2023 Aug 22. PMID: 37662354.

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  • 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 7/3/2023

    Pase MP, Harrison S, Misialek JR, Kline CE, Cavuoto M, Baril AA, Yiallourou S, Bisson A, Himali D, Leng Y, Yang Q, Seshadri S, Beiser A, Gottesman RF, Redline S, Lopez O, Lutsey PL, Yaffe K, Stone KL, Purcell SM, Himali JJ. Sleep Architecture, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and Cognitive Function in Adults. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Jul 03; 6(7):e2325152. PMID: 37462968.

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  • Published on 4/17/2023

    Duperron MG, Knol MJ, Le Grand Q, Evans TE, Mishra A, Tsuchida A, Roshchupkin G, Konuma T, Trégouët DA, Romero JR, Frenzel S, Luciano M, Hofer E, Bourgey M, Dueker ND, Delgado P, Hilal S, Tankard RM, Dubost F, Shin J, Saba Y, Armstrong NJ, Bordes C, Bastin ME, Beiser A, Brodaty H, Bülow R, Carrera C, Chen C, Cheng CY, Deary IJ, Gampawar PG, Himali JJ, Jiang J, Kawaguchi T, Li S, Macalli M, Marquis P, Morris Z, Muñoz Maniega S, Miyamoto S, Okawa M, Paradise M, Parva P, Rundek T, Sargurupremraj M, Schilling S, Setoh K, Soukarieh O, Tabara Y, Teumer A, Thalamuthu A, Trollor JN, Valdés Hernández MC, Vernooij MW, Völker U, Wittfeld K, Wong TY, Wright MJ, Zhang J, Zhao W, Zhu YC, Schmidt H, Sachdev PS, Wen W, Yoshida K, Joutel A, Satizabal CL, Sacco RL, Bourque G, Lathrop M, Paus T, Fernandez-Cadenas I, Yang Q, Mazoyer B, Boutinaud P, Okada Y, Grabe HJ, Mather KA, Schmidt R, Joliot M, Ikram MA, Matsuda F, Tzourio C, Wardlaw JM, Seshadri S, Adams HHH, Debette S. Genomics of perivascular space burden unravels early mechanisms of cerebral small vessel disease. Nat Med. 2023 Apr; 29(4):950-962. PMID: 37069360.

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  • Published on 3/1/2023

    Nichols E, Merrick R, Hay SI, Himali D, Himali JJ, Hunter S, Keage HAD, Latimer CS, Scott MR, Steinmetz JD, Walker JM, Wharton SB, Wiedner CD, Crane PK, Keene CD, Launer LJ, Matthews FE, Schneider J, Seshadri S, White L, Brayne C, Vos T. The prevalence, correlation, and co-occurrence of neuropathology in old age: harmonisation of 12 measures across six community-based autopsy studies of dementia. Lancet Healthy Longev. 2023 Mar; 4(3):e115-e125. PMID: 36870337.

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  • Published on 1/30/2023

    DeCarli C, Pase M, Beiser A, Kojis D, Satizabal C, Himali J, Aparicio H, Flether E, Maillard P, Seshadri S. Secular Trends in Head Size and Cerebral Volumes In the Framingham Heart Study for Birth Years 1902-1985. Res Sq. 2023 Jan 30. PMID: 36778357.

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  • Published on 10/17/2022

    Baril AA, Pinheiro AA, Himali JJ, Beiser A, Sanchez E, Pase MP, Seshadri S, Demissie S, Romero JR. Lighter sleep is associated with higher enlarged perivascular spaces burden in middle-aged and elderly individuals. Sleep Med. 2022 Dec; 100:558-564. PMID: 36308914.

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  • Published on 10/10/2022

    Baril AA, Beiser AS, DeCarli C, Himali D, Sanchez E, Cavuoto M, Redline S, Gottlieb DJ, Seshadri S, Pase MP, Himali JJ. Self-reported sleepiness associates with greater brain and cortical volume and lower prevalence of ischemic covert brain infarcts in a community sample. Sleep. 2022 Oct 10; 45(10). PMID: 35917199.

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  • Published on 10/5/2022

    Satizabal CL, Himali JJ, Beiser AS, Ramachandran V, Melo van Lent D, Himali D, Aparicio HJ, Maillard P, DeCarli CS, Harris W, Seshadri S. Association of Red Blood Cell Omega-3 Fatty Acids With MRI Markers and Cognitive Function in Midlife: The Framingham Heart Study. Neurology. 2022 Oct 05; 99(23):e2572-82. PMID: 36198518.

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  • Published on 9/3/2022

    Gonzales MM, Wiedner C, Wang CP, Liu Q, Bis JC, Li Z, Himali JJ, Ghosh S, Thomas EA, Parent DM, Kautz TF, Pase MP, Aparicio HJ, Djoussé L, Mukamal KJ, Psaty BM, Longstreth WT, Mosley TH, Gudnason V, Mbangdadji D, Lopez OL, Yaffe K, Sidney S, Bryan RN, Nasrallah IM, DeCarli CS, Beiser AS, Launer LJ, Fornage M, Tracy RP, Seshadri S, Satizabal CL. A population-based meta-analysis of circulating GFAP for cognition and dementia risk. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2022 Oct; 9(10):1574-1585. PMID: 36056631.

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