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Brian Downer, PhD

Brian Downer, PhD Assistant Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences

Email: brdowner@utmb.edu | Influuent
Research Area: Cognitive aging, risk factors for dementia and cognitive decline, minority aging

Education

  • BS 2010 Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Psychology
  • PhD 2014 University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, Gerontology

Current Funding

Grant# R01 AG010939 (PI: Markides)
Longitudinal Study of Mexican American Elderly Health
National Institute on Aging, NIH
Role: Co-Investigator, 2015-2019

Grant# R01 MD010355 (PI: Ottenbacher)
Long-term Health Outcomes in Mexican American Older Adults
National Institute on Aging, NIH
Role: Co-Investigator, 2015-2019

Select Publications

  1. Downer, B., Veeranki, S. P., & Wong, R. (Accepted for Publication). A Late Life Risk Index for Severe Cognitive Impairment in Mexico. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. doi:10.3233/JAD-150702
  2. Downer, B., Kumar, A., Mehta, H. B., Al Snih, S., & Wong, R. (Accepted for Publication). The Effect of Undiagnosed Diabetes on the Association between Self-Reported Diabetes and Cognitive Impairment Among Older Mexican Adults. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
  3. Downer, B., Vickers, B, N., Al Snih, S., Raji, M., & Markides, K, S. (2016). Effects of Comorbid Depression and Diabetes on Cognitive Decline Among Older Mexican Americans. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 64(1) 109-117, 109-117. doi:10.1111/jgs.13883
  4. Diaz-Venegas, C., Downer, B., Wong, R., & Langa K (2016). Racial and Ethnic Differences in Cognitive Function among Older Adults in the United States. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. doi:10.1002/gps.4410
  5. Downer, B., Raji, M., Markides, K. S. (2016). Relationship Between Metabolic and Vascular Conditions and Cognitive Decline Among Older Mexican Americans. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 31(3), 213- 221. doi: 10.1002/gps.4313. PubMed PMID: 26032435; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4663174.
  6. Downer, B., Schmitt, F. A., & Fardo, D. W. (2015). A Summary Score for the Framingham Heart Study Neuropsychological Battery. Journal of Aging and Health. 27(7), 1199-1222. doi: 10.1177/0898264315577590. PubMed PMID: 25804903; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4603385.
  7. Downer, B., Jiang, Y., Zanjani, F., & Fardo, D. (2015). Effects of Alcohol Consumption on Cognition and Regional Brain Volumes Among Older Adults. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias. 30 (4) 364- 374. doi: 10.1177/1533317514549411. PubMed PMID: 25202027; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4363007.