Wendy Q. Qiu, MD, PhD

Professor, Psychiatry

Wendy Qiu
85 E. Newton St Fuller Building


Dr. Qiu is both a physician and a scientist. She is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who was trained at Tufts Medical Center and at the Payne Whitney Clinic, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell Medical Center. She currently spends 50% of her time caring for patients with dementia and other psychiatric illnesses, including late life depression, and seeing patients in the ADC for the clinical trials. Many of her patients seek care at BU because they are frustrated with their deteriorating cognitive function and their behavior or mood symptoms are causing tremendous burdens for their caregivers. Motivated by her desire to help patients with devastating diseases in geriatric psychiatry, especially dementia which frequently lacks diagnostic tools and effective therapies, Dr. Qiu devotes the other 50% of her time to researching the fundamental causational mechanisms of these diseases, and to translate her findings to seeking biomarkers for the diagnoses and treatment of psychiatric illnesses.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Pharmacology, Physiology & Biophysics, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Investigator, Framingham Heart Study
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University
  • Co-director of Biomarker Core, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine


  • Beijing Medical University, MD
  • Cornell University Medical College, PhD


  • 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 Oct; 22(10):e13955. PMID: 37584418.

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  • Published on 4/12/2023

    Zhang Z, Gan Q, Han J, Tao Q, Qiu WQ, Madri JA. CD31 as a probable responding and gate-keeping protein of the blood-brain barrier and the risk of Alzheimer's disease. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2023 Jul; 43(7):1027-1041. PMID: 37051650.

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  • Published on 3/10/2023

    Groechel RC, Tripodis Y, Alosco ML, Mez J, Qiu WQ, Mercier G, Goldstein L, Budson AE, Kowall NW, Killiany RJ. Annualized changes in rate of amyloid deposition and neurodegeneration are greater in participants who become amyloid positive than those who remain amyloid negative. Neurobiol Aging. 2023 Jul; 127:33-42. PMID: 37043881.

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  • Published on 3/7/2023

    Na H, Yang JB, Zhang Z, Gan Q, Tian H, Rajab IM, Potempa LA, Tao Q, Qiu WQ. Peripheral apolipoprotein E proteins and their binding to LRP1 antagonize Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis in the brain during peripheral chronic inflammation. Neurobiol Aging. 2023 Jul; 127:54-69. PMID: 37060729.

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  • Published on 1/18/2023

    Wang Y, Huang J, Ang TFA, Zhu Y, Tao Q, Mez J, Alosco M, Denis GV, Belkina A, Gurnani A, Ross M, Gong B, Han J, Lunetta KL, Stein TD, Au R, Farrer LA, Zhang X, Qiu WQ. Circulating Endothelial Progenitor Cells Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer's Disease. medRxiv. 2023 Jan 18. PMID: 36711847.

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  • Published on 1/1/2023

    Bei J, Miranda-Morales EG, Gan Q, Qiu Y, Husseinzadeh S, Liew JY, Chang Q, Krishnan B, Gaitas A, Yuan S, Felicella M, Qiu WQ, Fang X, Gong B. Circulating Exosomes from Alzheimer's Disease Suppress Vascular Endothelial-Cadherin Expression and Induce Barrier Dysfunction in Recipient Brain Microvascular Endothelial Cell. J Alzheimers Dis. 2023; 95(3):869-885. PMID: 37661885.

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  • Published on 12/22/2022

    Huang J, Tao Q, Ang TFA, Farrell J, Zhu C, Wang Y, Stein TD, Lunetta KL, Massaro J, Mez J, Au R, Farrer LA, Qiu WQ, Zhang X. The impact of increasing levels of blood C-reactive protein on the inflammatory loci SPI1 and CD33 in Alzheimer's disease. Transl Psychiatry. 2022 Dec 22; 12(1):523. PMID: 36550123.

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  • Published on 11/17/2022

    Huang J, Stein TD, Wang Y, Ang TFA, Tao Q, Lunetta KL, Massaro J, Akhter-Khan SC, Mez J, Au R, Farrer LA, Zhang X, Qiu WQ. Blood levels of MCP-1 modulate the genetic risks of Alzheimer's disease mediated by HLA-DRB1 and APOE for Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimers Dement. 2023 May; 19(5):1925-1937. PMID: 36396603.

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  • 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 9/8/2022

    Potempa LA, Qiu WQ, Stefanski A, Rajab IM. Relevance of lipoproteins, membranes, and extracellular vesicles in understanding C-reactive protein biochemical structure and biological activities. Front Cardiovasc Med. 2022; 9:979461. PMID: 36158829.

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