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. 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.

  2. Merkler AE, Sigurdsson S, Eiriksdottir G, Safford MM, Phillips CL, Iadecola C, Gudnason V, Weinsaft JW, Kamel H, Arai AE, Launer LJ. Association Between Unrecognized Myocardial Infarction and Cerebral Infarction on Magnetic Resonance Imaging. JAMA Neurol. 2019.

  3. Ding J, Sigurðsson S, Jónsson PV, Eiriksdottir G, Charidimou A, Lopez OL, van Buchem MA, Guðnason V, Launer LJ. Large Perivascular Spaces Visible on Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Cerebral Small Vessel Disease Progression, and Risk of Dementia: The Age, Gene/Environment Susceptibility-Reykjavik Study. JAMA Neurol. 2017;74(9):1105-1112.

  4. Gelber RP, Launer LJ, White LR. The Honolulu-Asia Aging Study: epidemiologic and neuropathologic research on cognitive impairment. Curr Alzheimer Res. 2012;9(6):664-72.

  5. Elbejjani M, Auer R, Jacobs DR Jr, Haight T, Davatzikos C, Goff DC Jr, Bryan RN, Launer LJ. Cigarette smoking and gray matter brain volumes in middle age adults: the CARDIA Brain MRI sub-study. Transl Psychiatry. 2019;9(1):78.


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