Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases

Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases

Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases


Among the approaches used to assess early detection in Alzheimer’s is studying a protein called tau, which causes abnormal tangles that lead to memory loss. Protein biochemist and Alzheimer’s researcher Dominic Walsh, MD, is leading efforts to measure tau in the blood, with the goal of creating a simple, non-invasive blood test for screening purposes.

We have long known that gut microbiomes—the trillions of organisms composed of bacteria, viruses, and fungi—play an essential role in digestion and help the immune system recognize and attack harmful bacteria. But only recently have researchers discovered that gut microbiomes may also contribute to autoimmune diseases. Laurie Cox, PhD, is spearheading an effort to further investigate the intricate connections between the gut and the brain.

A 7 Tesla (7.0T) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner weighing almost 25 tons was recently added to the Marriott Family Imaging Suite in the Building for Transformative Medicine. A true game changer, this new instrument will help research teams to propel work forward, paving the way toward a new era in diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment for neurologic diseases. Watch a time-lapse video of the machine’s arrival and installation.


In this video, Ann Romney talks about her commitment to unlocking the mysteries of women’s brains.

In a collaboration with NASA, Cynthia Lemere, PhD, is studying how cosmic radiation may affect the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Scientist Tracy Young-Pearse, PhD, reports on progress using stem cell models to research sex differences in the brain.

In this selfie video, Governor and Mrs. Romney share a sneak peak of the new Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases.

Researchers identified a connection between certain cells and the progression of ALS, leading to promising work on a new therapy.

The Ann Romney Center is one of five beneficiaries of Move for Minds—working to understand women’s brains.

Watch Mrs. Romney and the BWH medical team talk about their vision for the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases.

Join our #50MillionFaces social media campaign to inspire hope, raise awareness, and drive research and cures.

View highlights from the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases launch at Boston’s Citi Wang Theatre.

See how the new Brigham Building for the Future, opening in Fall 2016, will help clinicians and scientists change the future of medicine.

This video puts a human face on Alzheimer’s disease by featuring BWH researchers who are working hard to treat this brain disorder.


See photos of all Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases events.