Rhoda Au, PhD

Professor, Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

Dr. RhRhoda_Auoda Au completed her undergraduate degree at Pomona College in California . She earned her PhD from the University of California, Riverside, as well as an MBA from Boston University in 1995. She joined the Boston University School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology in 1986 as a Research Instructor, and she is currently a Professor in the Department of Neurology.

Research Interests

Dr. Au’s research interests are focused on aging and dementia, and include relating cardiovascular risk factors, brain MRI measures, and neuropathology to cognitive performance.  She is also interested in merging research and technology as the path toward innovative science.

ADC Role

At present, Dr. Au is Director of Neuropsychology for the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) and serves to facilitate the collaboration between FHS and the BU ADC.

Memberships

Dr. Au is a member of the International Neuropsychological Society.

Recent Publications

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  • Piers RJ, Nishtala A, Preis SR, DeCarli C, Wolf PA, Benjamin EJ, Au R. Association between atrial fibrillation and volumetric magnetic resonance imaging brain measures: Framingham Offspring Study. Heart Rhythm. 2016 Oct; 13(10):2020-4. PMID: 27417740.
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  • Bangen KJ, Himali JJ, Beiser AS, Nation DA, Libon DJ, Fox CS, Seshadri S, Wolf PA, McKee AC, Au R, Delano-Wood L. Interaction Between Midlife Blood Glucose and APOE Genotype Predicts Later Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology. J Alzheimers Dis. 2016 Jul 6; 53(4):1553-62. PMID: 27392855.
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  • Nation DA, Preis SR, Beiser A, Bangen KJ, Delano-Wood L, Lamar M, Libon DJ, Seshadri S, Wolf PA, Au R. Pulse Pressure Is Associated With Early Brain Atrophy and Cognitive Decline: Modifying Effects of APOE-e4. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2016 Jul-Sep; 30(3):210-5. PMID: 27556935.
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  • Hankee LD, Preis SR, Piers RJ, Beiser AS, Devine SA, Liu Y, Seshadri S, Wolf PA, Au R. Population Normative Data for the CERAD Word List and Victoria Stroop Test in Younger- and Middle-Aged Adults: Cross-Sectional Analyses from the Framingham Heart Study. Exp Aging Res. 2016 Jul-Sep; 42(4):315-28. PMID: 27410241.
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  • Montenigro PH, Alosco ML, Martin BM, Daneshvar DH, Mez J, Chaisson CE, Nowinski CJ, Au R, McKee AC, Cantu RC, McClean MD, Stern RA, Tripodis Y. Cumulative Head Impact Exposure Predicts Later-Life Depression, Apathy, Executive Dysfunction, and Cognitive Impairment in Former High School and College Football Players. J Neurotrauma. 2017 Jan 15; 34(2):328-340. PMID: 27029716.
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  • Qiu WQ, Himali JJ, Wolf PA, DeCarli DC, Beiser A, Au R. Effects of white matter integrity and brain volumes on late life depression in the Framingham Heart Study. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2017 Feb; 32(2):214-221. PMID: 27059548.
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  • Therkelsen KE, Preis SR, Beiser A, DeCarli C, Seshadri S, Wolf P, Au R, Fox CS. Neck Circumference, Brain Imaging Measures, and Neuropsychological Testing Measures. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2016 Jul; 25(7):1570-81. PMID: 27056441.
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  • Jak AJ, Preis SR, Beiser AS, Seshadri S, Wolf PA, Bondi MW, Au R. Neuropsychological Criteria for Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia Risk in the Framingham Heart Study. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2016 Oct; 22(9):937-943. PMID: 27029348.
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  • Souillard-Mandar W, Davis R, Rudin C, Au R, Libon DJ, Swenson R, Price CC, Lamar M, Penney DL. Learning Classification Models of Cognitive Conditions from Subtle Behaviors in the Digital Clock Drawing Test. Mach Learn. 2016 Mar; 102(3):393-441. PMID: 27057085.
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  • Knopman DS, Beiser A, Machulda MM, Fields J, Roberts RO, Pankratz VS, Aakre J, Cha RH, Rocca WA, Mielke MM, Boeve BF, Devine S, Ivnik RJ, Au R, Auerbach S, Wolf PA, Seshadri S, Petersen RC. Spectrum of cognition short of dementia: Framingham Heart Study and Mayo Clinic Study of Aging. Neurology. 2015 Nov 10; 85(19):1712-21. PMID: 26453643.
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  • Ahmed S, Brennan L, Eppig J, Price CC, Lamar M, Delano-Wood L, Bangen KJ, Edmonds EC, Clark L, Nation DA, Jak A, Au R, Swenson R, Bondi MW, Libon DJ. Visuoconstructional Impairment in Subtypes of Mild Cognitive Impairment. Appl Neuropsychol Adult. 2016; 23(1):43-52. PMID: 26397732.
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  • Au R, Piers RJ, Lancashire L. Back to the future: Alzheimer’s disease heterogeneity revisited. Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2015 Sep; 1(3):368-370. PMID: 27077132.
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