Lenore Joy Launer, Ph.D.

Senior Investigator

Laboratory of Epidemiology and Population Science

NIA

Gateway Building, Room 3C309
7201 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

301-496-6214

launerl@nia.nih.gov

Research Topics

Studies in the Neuroepidemiology Section focus on understanding the contribution of genetic, inflammatory, metabolic, vascular, and hormonal factors to sub-clinical and clinical outcomes in brain disease and investigating the links between brain disease and other common diseases of old age. Research is conducted using large epidemiologic studies, which allow us to test in the general population, hypotheses on risk/protective factors and mechanisms identified at a more basic science level.

Biography

Dr. Launer received her Ph.D. in epidemiology and nutrition from Cornell University. From 1990 to 1999 she held academic appointments in the Netherlands (Erasmus University Medical School, Free University, National Institute for Public Health) where she collaborated in many epidemiologic studies of neurologic diseases including dementia and migraine headache. Dr. Launer joined NIA as Head of the Neuroepidemiology Unit in February 1999 and received tenure in 2005.

Selected Publications

  1. Hancock DB, Artigas MS, Gharib SA, Henry A, Manichaikul A, Ramasamy A, Loth DW, Imboden M, Koch B, McArdle WL, Smith AV, Smolonska J, Sood A, Tang W, Wilk JB, Zhai G, Zhao JH, Aschard H, Burkart KM, Curjuric I, Eijgelsheim M, Elliott P, Gu X, Harris TB, Janson C, Homuth G, Hysi PG, Liu JZ, Loehr LR, Lohman K, Loos RJ, Manning AK, Marciante KD, Obeidat M, Postma DS, Aldrich MC, Brusselle GG, Chen TH, Eiriksdottir G, Franceschini N, Heinrich J, Rotter JI, Wijmenga C, Williams OD, Bentley AR, Hofman A, Laurie CC, Lumley T, Morrison AC, Joubert BR, Rivadeneira F, Couper DJ, Kritchevsky SB, Liu Y, Wjst M, Wain LV, Vonk JM, Uitterlinden AG, Rochat T, Rich SS, Psaty BM, O'Connor GT, North KE, Mirel DB, Meibohm B, Launer LJ, Khaw KT, Hartikainen AL, Hammond CJ, Gläser S, Marchini J, Kraft P, Wareham NJ, Völzke H, Stricker BH, Spector TD, Probst-Hensch NM, Jarvis D, Jarvelin MR, Heckbert SR, Gudnason V, Boezen HM, Barr RG, Cassano PA, Strachan DP, Fornage M, Hall IP, Dupuis J, Tobin MD, London SJ. Genome-wide joint meta-analysis of SNP and SNP-by-smoking interaction identifies novel loci for pulmonary function. PLoS Genet. 2012;8(12):e1003098.

  2. Palm-Meinders IH, Koppen H, Terwindt GM, Launer LJ, Konishi J, Moonen JM, Bakkers JT, Hofman PA, van Lew B, Middelkoop HA, van Buchem MA, Ferrari MD, Kruit MC. Structural brain changes in migraine. JAMA. 2012;308(18):1889-97.

  3. Adalsteinsson BT, Gudnason H, Aspelund T, Harris TB, Launer LJ, Eiriksdottir G, Smith AV, Gudnason V. Heterogeneity in white blood cells has potential to confound DNA methylation measurements. PLoS One. 2012;7(10):e46705.

  4. Franceschini N, van Rooij FJ, Prins BP, Feitosa MF, Karakas M, Eckfeldt JH, Folsom AR, Kopp J, Vaez A, Andrews JS, Baumert J, Boraska V, Broer L, Hayward C, Ngwa JS, Okada Y, Polasek O, Westra HJ, Wang YA, Del Greco M F, Glazer NL, Kapur K, Kema IP, Lopez LM, Schillert A, Smith AV, Winkler CA, Zgaga L, LifeLines Cohort Study, Bandinelli S, Bergmann S, Boban M, Bochud M, Chen YD, Davies G, Dehghan A, Ding J, Doering A, Durda JP, Ferrucci L, Franco OH, Franke L, Gunjaca G, Hofman A, Hsu FC, Kolcic I, Kraja A, Kubo M, Lackner KJ, Launer L, Loehr LR, Li G, Meisinger C, Nakamura Y, Schwienbacher C, Starr JM, Takahashi A, Torlak V, Uitterlinden AG, Vitart V, Waldenberger M, Wild PS, Kirin M, Zeller T, Zemunik T, Zhang Q, Ziegler A, Blankenberg S, Boerwinkle E, Borecki IB, Campbell H, Deary IJ, Frayling TM, Gieger C, Harris TB, Hicks AA, Koenig W, O' Donnell CJ, Fox CS, Pramstaller PP, Psaty BM, Reiner AP, Rotter JI, Rudan I, Snieder H, Tanaka T, van Duijn CM, Vollenweider P, Waeber G, Wilson JF, Witteman JC, Wolffenbuttel BH, Wright AF, Wu Q, Liu Y, Jenny NS, North KE, Felix JF, Alizadeh BZ, Cupples LA, Perry JR, Morris AP. Discovery and fine mapping of serum protein loci through transethnic meta-analysis. Am J Hum Genet. 2012;91(4):744-53.

  5. Gudmundsson EF, Gudnason V, Sigurdsson S, Launer LJ, Harris TB, Aspelund T. Coronary artery calcium distributions in older persons in the AGES-Reykjavik study. Eur J Epidemiol. 2012;27(9):673-87.


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