Nancy Emerson Lombardo, PhD

Nancy Emerson Lombardo

Adjunct Research Assistant Professor of Neurology

Phone: 978.621.1926
Fax: 978.263.5085
Location: Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center, Bedford MA



Dr. Emerson Lombardo completed her undergraduate students at Cornell University in New York. She earned her doctoral degree from Yale University. She joined the Boston University School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology in 2001 as an Adjunct Research Assistant Professor. Dr. Emerson Lombardo is an investigator with the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

Research Interests

Dr. Emerson Lombardo’s research interests are focused on Alzheimer’s disease and she is also an expert in organizing interdisciplinary and multicultural project teams and facilitating collegial, collaborative innovative efforts in research, education, and public policy. Dr. Emerson Lombardo’s research interests include interventions for frail elders and caregivers, educational programs, surveys and policy analyses on mental health issues of the elderly, and evaluations using both qualitative and quantitative methods. In recent years she has worked with colleagues to develop and propose lifestyle interventions for both treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

ADC Role

Her current primary effort is leading the development of Memory Preservation Nutrition, a nutritional intervention for persons with early Alzheimer’s disease, working with colleagues from a variety of disciplines at Boston University, Mid Western University and University of South Florida. The hope is to 1) test these dietary interventions in (AD transgenic mice and healthy older adults and 2) randomized clinical trials for persons with early stage AD who are already stabilized on current AD treatments, to reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Emerson Lombardo served as the primary investigator for BEST (Brain Enhancement Strengthening Treatment study), a research study aimed at identifying specific biomarkers for dementia and(2) a national policy study of dementia caregiver interventions, all of which involve education, skills training and counseling for family caregivers.


Dr. Emerson Lombardo is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, Alzheimer’s Association, National Board of Directors; 1997 Honoree for Exceptional Service to the Alzheimer’s Association and people with Alzheimer’s disease, Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern Massachusetts; Hsieh Award for success in collaborating with the Asian community developing the Asian Caregiving Conference. Boston,1996; Public Service Award, 2003, from Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center, Boston, MA; and the Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board awards at Cornell University. She is a member of the Gerontological Society of America, Alzheimer’s Disease International and the International Academy of Nutrition and Aging.

Recent Publications

Emerson Lombardo, NB.  “Alzheimer’s Disease” in James Rippe, MD editor, Encyclopedia on Lifestyle Medicine and Health.   New York: Sage. (In press).

Kounti F, Bakoglidou E, Agogiatou C, Emerson Lombardo NB, Serper LL, Tsolaki M. RHEA , a non pharmacological cognitive training intervention in patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI): A pilot study.   Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. (In press).

Emerson Lombardo, N. B, Volicer, L., Auerbach, S.H., Matson, W., Matson, S. Valla, J. (2010). Nutritional Supplement Combination Therapy Feasibility, Safety and Biomarker Clinical Trial in Cognitively Normal Adults.  The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging: 14: (9) p. 800.

Wu, B., Emerson Lombardo, N. B, Chang, K. (2010). Dimentia Care Programs and Services for Chinese Americans in the U.S. Ageing International; 35 (2), 128-141.

Emerson Lombardo, N. B., Volicer, L .Martin, A,.Wu B and Zhang XW. (2006) Memory Preservation Diet To Reduce Risk and Slow Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease. in Vellas, B., Grundman, M., Feldman, H., Fitten, L.J., Winblad, B., ed., Research and Practice in Alzheimer’s Disease and Cognitive Decline, vol 9,: 138-159.

Emerson Lombardo, N. B., Volicer, L., Drebing, C. E., Martin, A. Castaneda-Sceppa, C., Bermudez, O., Wu ,B., Imada, T., Holmes, M.S., Zhang X.W. (2004). Nutritional intervention for early Alzheimer’s Disease (NEAD). The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging Vol 8,No.5, p.428.

Emerson Lombardo, N. B., Dresser, M.V.B., Malivert, M., McManus, C., Vehvilainen, L, Ooi, W. L., Xu, G., Rosowsky, E., Drebing, C. E., Sheridan, P.L., Lewis, S., Imada, T, Hohnstein, J.K., Perry, K. (2001). Acupuncture as treatment for anxiety and depression in persons with dementia: Results of a pilot feasibility and effectiveness study. Alzheimer’s Care Quarterly; 4:2, 28-41.