Ronald C. Petersen, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Neurology; Director, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and Study of Aging, Mayo Clinic

Ronald C. Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Neurology, the Cora Kanow Professor in Alzheimer’s Disease Research, and a Mayo Clinic Distinguished Investigator. He is on the Board of Directors of the national Alzheimer’s Association, is the Chair of the Advisory Council on Research, Care and Services for the National Alzheimer’s Project Act and is on the World Dementia Council.  Dr. Petersen is a recipient of the 2004 MetLife Award for Medical Research in Alzheimer’s Disease, the 2005 Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick’s, Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders of the American Academy of Neurology. He has published over 800 peer-reviewed papers and edited five books on aging, mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.


Selected Publications

These published papers resulted from Cure Alzheimer’s Fund support.

Raulin, A. C., Doss, S. V., Heckman, M. G., Craver, E. C., Li, Z., Ikezu, T. C., Sekiya, H., Liu, C. C., Martens, Y. A., Rosenberg, C. L., Kuchenbecker, L. A., DeTure, M., Reichard, R. R., Nguyen, A. T., Constantopoulos, E., Larsen, R. A., Kounaves, E. K., Murray, M. E., Dickson, D. W., Petersen, R. C., Bu, G., Kanekiyo, T. Impact of APOE on amyloid and tau accumulation in argyrophilic grain disease and Alzheimer’s disease, Acta Neuropathologica Communications, February 9, 2024, Read More

Liu, C. C., Murray, M. E., Li, X., Zhao, N., Wang, N., Heckman, M. G., Shue, F., Martens, Y., Li, Y., Raulin, A. C., Rosenberg, C. L., Doss, S. V., Zhao, J., Wren, M. C., Jia, L., Ren, Y., Ikezu, T. C., Lu, W., Fu, Y., Caulfield, T., Trottier, Z.A., Knight, J., Chen, Y., Linares, C., Wang, X., Kurti, A., Asmann, Y.W., Wszolek, Z.K., Smith, G.E., Vemuri, P., Kantarci, K., Knopman, D.S., Lowe, V.J., Jack, C.R. Jr, Parisi, J.E., Ferman, T.J., Boeve, B.F., Graff-Radford, N.R., Petersen, R.C., Younkin, S.G., Fryer, J.D., Wang, H., Han, X., Frieden, C., Dickson, D.W., Ross, O.A., Bu, G. APOE3-Jacksonville (V236E) variant reduces self-aggregation and risk of dementia, Science Translational Medicine, September 29, 2021, Read More

Yamazaki, Y., Shinohara, M., Shinohara, M., Yamazaki, A., Murray, M. E., Liesinger, A. M., Heckman, M. G., Lesser, E. R., Parisi, J. E., Petersen, R. C., Dickson, D. W., Kanekiyo, T., & Bu, G. Selective loss of cortical endothelial tight junction proteins during Alzheimer’s disease progression, Brain, February 15, 2019, Read More

Li, Z., Heckman, M. G., Kanekiyo, T., Martens, Y. A., Day, G. S., Vassilaki, M., Liu, C. C., Bennett, D. A., Petersen, R. C., Zhao, N., & Bu, G. Clinicopathologic Factors Associated With Reversion to Normal Cognition in Patients With Mild Cognitive Impairment, Neurology, May 17, 2022, Read More

Shinohara, M., Koga, S., Konno, T., Nix, J., Shinohara, M., Aoki, N., Das, P., Parisi, J. E., Petersen, R. C., Rosenberry, T. L., Dickson, D. W., & Bu, G. Distinct spatiotemporal accumulation of N-truncated and full-length amyloid-beta(42) in Alzheimer’s disease., Brain, November 17, 2017, Read More

Liu, C. C., Yamazaki, Y., Heckman, M. G., Martens, Y. A., Jia, L., Yamazaki, A., Diehl, N. N., Zhao, J., Zhao, N., DeTure, M., Davis, M. D., Felton, L. M., Qiao, W., Li, Y., Li, H., Fu, Y., Wang, N., Wren, M., Aikawa, T., Holm, M. L., Oue, H., Linares, C., Allen, M., Carrasquillo, M.M., Murray, M.E., Petersen, R.C., Ertekin-Taner, N., Dickson, D.W., Kanekiyo, T., Bu, G. Tau and apolipoprotein E modulate cerebrovascular tight junction integrity independent of cerebral amyloid angiopathy in Alzheimer’s disease, Alzheimer's & Dementia, August 22, 2020, Read More

Barroeta-Espar, I., Weinstock, L. D., Perez-Nievas, B. G., Meltzer, A. C., Siao Tick Chong, M., Amaral, A. C., Murray, M. E., Moulder, K. L., Morris, J. C., Cairns, N. J., Parisi, J. E., Lowe, V. J., Petersen, R. C., Kofler, J., Ikonomovic, M. D., López, O., Klunk, W. E., … Gomez-Isla, T. Distinct Cytokine Profiles in human brains resilient to Alzheimer’s pathology, Neuroiology of Disease, October 15, 2018, Read More