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Martha C. Morris

InstitutionRush University, Rush Medical College
DepartmentInternal Medicine, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition
Address1645 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago IL 60612
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    Additional appointments:
    Professor and Director, Section on Nutrition and Nutritional Epidemiology
    Department of Medicine
    Assistant Provost for Community Research
    Rush University Medical Center

    I co-direct the Rush site Institute for Translation Medicine (ITM) Community and Collaboration Cluster. My research studies risk factors in the development of Alzheimer’s disease and other health problems of older persons, and in particular, how nutrition relates to these conditions. I have published findings on the relations of diet patterns, antioxidant nutrients, dietary fats, and the B-vitamins to these conditions, and am the lead creator of the MIND diet for healthy brain aging. I have a long history of NIH and other funding to examine dietary risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease among 10,000 African American and Caucasian participants of the Chicago Health and Aging Project and the relations of dietary components and patterns to neuropathology and neurologic diseases among 1,200 Chicago participants of the Memory and Aging Project. I am also the Principal Investigator of a multi-center randomized trial of the MIND diet to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

    My ORCID is 0000-0002-5355-4918.
    My Scopus ID is 57193537989.
    NIH COMMONS: martha_clare_morris

    BA, 1977 University of Iowa
    MA, 1980 University of Iowa
    ScD, 1992 Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health

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    1. Samieri C, Morris MC, Bennett DA, Berr C, Amouyel P, Dartigues JF, Tzourio C, Chasman DI, Grodstein F. Fish Intake, Genetic Predisposition to Alzheimer Disease, and Decline in Global Cognition and Memory in 5 Cohorts of Older Persons. Am J Epidemiol. 2018 May 01; 187(5):933-940. PMID: 29053784.
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    2. Morris MC, Wang Y, Barnes LL, Bennett DA, Dawson-Hughes B, Booth SL. Nutrients and bioactives in green leafy vegetables and cognitive decline: Prospective study. Neurology. 2018 Jan 16; 90(3):e214-e222. PMID: 29263222.
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    3. Morris MC. Caffeine Intake and Dementia Risk-A Health Benefit From One of Life's Simple Pleasures? J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2016 12; 71(12):1595. PMID: 27678291.
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    4. Pistollato F, Ohayon EL, Lam A, Langley GR, Novak TJ, Pamies D, Perry G, Trushina E, Williams RS, Roher AE, Hartung T, Harnad S, Barnard N, Morris MC, Lai MC, Merkley R, Chandrasekera PC. Alzheimer disease research in the 21st century: past and current failures, new perspectives and funding priorities. Oncotarget. 2016 Jun 28; 7(26):38999-39016. PMID: 27229915.
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    5. van de Rest O, Wang Y, Barnes LL, Tangney C, Bennett DA, Morris MC. APOE e4 and the associations of seafood and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids with cognitive decline. Neurology. 2016 05 31; 86(22):2063-70. PMID: 27164694.
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    6. Morris MC. Nutrition and risk of dementia: overview and methodological issues. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2016 03; 1367(1):31-7. PMID: 27116239.
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    7. Morris MC, Brockman J, Schneider JA, Wang Y, Bennett DA, Tangney CC, van de Rest O. Association of Seafood Consumption, Brain Mercury Level, and APOE e4 Status With Brain Neuropathology in Older Adults. JAMA. 2016 Feb 02; 315(5):489-97. PMID: 26836731.
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    8. Morris MC, Tangney CC, Wang Y, Sacks FM, Barnes LL, Bennett DA, Aggarwal NT. MIND diet slows cognitive decline with aging. Alzheimers Dement. 2015 Sep; 11(9):1015-22. PMID: 26086182; PMCID: PMC4581900.
    9. Morris MC, Tangney CC, Wang Y, Sacks FM, Bennett DA, Aggarwal NT. MIND diet associated with reduced incidence of Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimers Dement. 2015 Sep; 11(9):1007-14. PMID: 25681666; PMCID: PMC4532650.
    10. Barnes JL, Tian M, Edens NK, Morris MC. Consideration of nutrient levels in studies of cognitive decline. Nutr Rev. 2014 Nov; 72(11):707-19. PMID: 25323849.
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    11. Tangney CC, Li H, Wang Y, Barnes L, Schneider JA, Bennett DA, Morris MC. Relation of DASH- and Mediterranean-like dietary patterns to cognitive decline in older persons. Neurology. 2014 Oct 14; 83(16):1410-6. PMID: 25230996; PMCID: PMC4206157.
    12. Morris MC, Tangney CC. Dietary fat composition and dementia risk. Neurobiol Aging. 2014 Sep; 35 Suppl 2:S59-64. PMID: 24970568; PMCID: PMC4107296.
    13. Barnard ND, Bush AI, Ceccarelli A, Cooper J, de Jager CA, Erickson KI, Fraser G, Kesler S, Levin SM, Lucey B, Morris MC, Squitti R. Dietary and lifestyle guidelines for the prevention of Alzheimer's disease. Neurobiol Aging. 2014 Sep; 35 Suppl 2:S74-8. PMID: 24913896.
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    14. Morris MC, Schneider JA, Li H, Tangney CC, Nag S, Bennett DA, Honer WG, Barnes LL. Brain tocopherols related to Alzheimer's disease neuropathology in humans. Alzheimers Dement. 2015 Jan; 11(1):32-9. PMID: 24589434; PMCID: PMC4148466.
    15. Evans DA, Morris MC, Rajan KB. Vitamin E, memantine, and Alzheimer disease. JAMA. 2014 Jan 01; 311(1):29-30. PMID: 24381966.
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    16. Arfanakis K, Fleischman DA, Grisot G, Barth CM, Varentsova A, Morris MC, Barnes LL, Bennett DA. Systemic inflammation in non-demented elderly human subjects: brain microstructure and cognition. PLoS One. 2013; 8(8):e73107. PMID: 23991174; PMCID: PMC3753267.
    17. Staffileno BA, Tangney CC, Wilbur J, Marquez DX, Fogg L, Manning A, Bustamante EE, Morris MC. Dietary approaches to stop hypertension patterns in older Latinos with or at risk for hypertension. J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2013 Jul-Aug; 28(4):338-47. PMID: 22722473.
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    18. Bradshaw EM, Chibnik LB, Keenan BT, Ottoboni L, Raj T, Tang A, Rosenkrantz LL, Imboywa S, Lee M, Von Korff A. CD33 Alzheimer's disease locus: altered monocyte function and amyloid biology. Nat Neurosci. 2013 Jul; 16(7):848-50. PMID: 23708142.
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    19. Wilbur J, Marquez DX, Fogg L, Wilson RS, Staffileno BA, Hoyem RL, Morris MC, Bustamante EE, Manning AF. The relationship between physical activity and cognition in older Latinos. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2012 Sep; 67(5):525-34. PMID: 22321957.
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    20. Buchman AS, Shulman JM, Nag S, Leurgans SE, Arnold SE, Morris MC, Schneider JA, Bennett DA. Nigral pathology and parkinsonian signs in elders without Parkinson disease. Ann Neurol. 2012 Feb; 71(2):258-66. PMID: 22367997; PMCID: PMC3367476.
    21. Cunnane SC, Schneider JA, Tangney C, Tremblay-Mercier J, Fortier M, Bennett DA, Morris MC. Plasma and brain fatty acid profiles in mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. J Alzheimers Dis. 2012; 29(3):691-7. PMID: 22466064; PMCID: PMC3409580.
    22. Morris MC. Nutritional determinants of cognitive aging and dementia. Proc Nutr Soc. 2012 Feb; 71(1):1-13. PMID: 22067138.
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    23. Morris MC, Tangney CC. A potential design flaw of randomized trials of vitamin supplements. JAMA. 2011 Apr 06; 305(13):1348-9. PMID: 21467288; PMCID: PMC3393521.
    24. Hensley K, Barnes LL, Christov A, Tangney C, Honer WG, Schneider JA, Bennett DA, Morris MC. Analysis of postmortem ventricular cerebrospinal fluid from patients with and without dementia indicates association of vitamin E with neuritic plaques and specific measures of cognitive performance. J Alzheimers Dis. 2011; 24(4):767-74. PMID: 21321395; PMCID: PMC3160276.
    25. Tangney CC, Kwasny MJ, Li H, Wilson RS, Evans DA, Morris MC. Adherence to a Mediterranean-type dietary pattern and cognitive decline in a community population. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011 Mar; 93(3):601-7. PMID: 21177796; PMCID: PMC3041601.
    26. Fleischman DA, Arfanakis K, Kelly JF, Rajendran N, Buchman AS, Morris MC, Barnes LL, Bennett DA. Regional brain cortical thinning and systemic inflammation in older persons without dementia. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2010 Sep; 58(9):1823-5. PMID: 20863359; PMCID: PMC2945260.
    27. Morris MC, Tangney CC. Diet and prevention of Alzheimer disease. JAMA. 2010 Jun 23; 303(24):2519-20. PMID: 20578272.
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    28. Skarupski KA, Tangney C, Li H, Ouyang B, Evans DA, Morris MC. Longitudinal association of vitamin B-6, folate, and vitamin B-12 with depressive symptoms among older adults over time. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Aug; 92(2):330-5. PMID: 20519557; PMCID: PMC2904034.
    29. Harris WS, Mozaffarian D, Lefevre M, Toner CD, Colombo J, Cunnane SC, Holden JM, Klurfeld DM, Morris MC, Whelan J. Towards establishing dietary reference intakes for eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids. J Nutr. 2009 Apr; 139(4):804S-19S. PMID: 19244379.
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    30. Tangney CC, Tang Y, Evans DA, Morris MC. Biochemical indicators of vitamin B12 and folate insufficiency and cognitive decline. Neurology. 2009 Jan 27; 72(4):361-7. PMID: 19171834; PMCID: PMC2677500.
    31. Morris MC, Tangney CC. Is dietary intake of folate too low? Lancet. 2007 Jan 20; 369(9557):166-7. PMID: 17240266; PMCID: PMC3393519.
    32. Morris MC. Docosahexaenoic acid and Alzheimer disease. Arch Neurol. 2006 Nov; 63(11):1527-8. PMID: 17101820.
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    33. Morris MC, Evans DA, Tangney CC, Bienias JL, Wilson RS. Associations of vegetable and fruit consumption with age-related cognitive change. Neurology. 2006 Oct 24; 67(8):1370-6. PMID: 17060562; PMCID: PMC3393520.
    34. Quander CR, Morris MC, Mendes de Leon CF, Bienias JL, Evans DA. Association of fecal incontinence with physical disability and impaired cognitive function. Am J Gastroenterol. 2006 Nov; 101(11):2588-93. PMID: 16952285.
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    35. Morris MC, Evans DA, Tangney CC, Bienias JL, Schneider JA, Wilson RS, Scherr PA. Dietary copper and high saturated and trans fat intakes associated with cognitive decline. Arch Neurol. 2006 Aug; 63(8):1085-8. PMID: 16908733.
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    36. Morris MC, Schneider JA, Tangney CC. Thoughts on B-vitamins and dementia. J Alzheimers Dis. 2006 Aug; 9(4):429-33. PMID: 16917152; PMCID: PMC3428233.
    37. Mendes de Leon CF, Hansberry MR, Bienias JL, Morris MC, Evans DA. Relative weight and mobility: a longitudinal study in a biracial population of older adults. Ann Epidemiol. 2006 Oct; 16(10):770-6. PMID: 16882461.
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    38. Morris MC, Evans DA, Schneider JA, Tangney CC, Bienias JL, Aggarwal NT. Dietary folate and vitamins B-12 and B-6 not associated with incident Alzheimer's disease. J Alzheimers Dis. 2006 Aug; 9(4):435-43. PMID: 16917153; PMCID: PMC3409592.
    39. Schneider JA, Tangney CC, Morris MC. Folic acid and cognition in older persons. Expert Opin Drug Saf. 2006 Jul; 5(4):511-22. PMID: 16774490.
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    40. Morris MC. Diet and Alzheimer's disease: meeting the challenges. J Nutr Health Aging. 2006 May-Jun; 10(3):204. PMID: 16729387.
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    41. Aggarwal NT, Bienias JL, Bennett DA, Wilson RS, Morris MC, Schneider JA, Shah RC, Evans DA. The relation of cigarette smoking to incident Alzheimer's disease in a biracial urban community population. Neuroepidemiology. 2006; 26(3):140-6. PMID: 16493200.
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    42. Sturman MT, Morris MC, Mendes de Leon CF, Bienias JL, Wilson RS, Evans DA. Physical activity, cognitive activity, and cognitive decline in a biracial community population. Arch Neurol. 2005 Nov; 62(11):1750-4. PMID: 16286550.
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    43. Morris MC, Evans DA, Tangney CC, Bienias JL, Wilson RS. Fish consumption and cognitive decline with age in a large community study. Arch Neurol. 2005 Dec; 62(12):1849-53. PMID: 16216930.
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    44. Morris MC, Evans DA, Bienias JL, Tangney CC, Hebert LE, Scherr PA, Schneider JA. Dietary folate and vitamin B12 intake and cognitive decline among community-dwelling older persons. Arch Neurol. 2005 Apr; 62(4):641-5. PMID: 15824266.
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    45. Quander CR, Morris MC, Melson J, Bienias JL, Evans DA. Prevalence of and factors associated with fecal incontinence in a large community study of older individuals. Am J Gastroenterol. 2005 Apr; 100(4):905-9. PMID: 15784039.
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    46. Morris MC, Evans DA, Tangney CC, Bienias JL, Wilson RS, Aggarwal NT, Scherr PA. Relation of the tocopherol forms to incident Alzheimer disease and to cognitive change. Am J Clin Nutr. 2005 Feb; 81(2):508-14. PMID: 15699242.
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    47. Wilson RS, Bennett DA, Mendes de Leon CF, Bienias JL, Morris MC, Evans DA. Distress proneness and cognitive decline in a population of older persons. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2005 Jan; 30(1):11-7. PMID: 15358438.
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    48. McCann JJ, Hebert LE, Bienias JL, Morris MC, Evans DA. Predictors of beginning and ending caregiving during a 3-year period in a biracial community population of older adults. Am J Public Health. 2004 Oct; 94(10):1800-6. PMID: 15451753; PMCID: PMC1448537.
    49. Morris MC, Evans DA, Bienias JL, Scherr PA, Tangney CC, Hebert LE, Bennett DA, Wilson RS, Aggarwal N. Dietary niacin and the risk of incident Alzheimer's disease and of cognitive decline. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2004 Aug; 75(8):1093-9. PMID: 15258207; PMCID: PMC1739176.
    50. Morris MC, Evans DA, Bienias JL, Tangney CC, Wilson RS. Dietary fat intake and 6-year cognitive change in an older biracial community population. Neurology. 2004 May 11; 62(9):1573-9. PMID: 15136684.
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    51. Tangney CC, Bienias JL, Evans DA, Morris MC. Reasonable estimates of serum vitamin E, vitamin C, and beta-cryptoxanthin are obtained with a food frequency questionnaire in older black and white adults. J Nutr. 2004 Apr; 134(4):927-34. PMID: 15051849.
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    52. Morris MC. Diet and Alzheimer's disease: what the evidence shows. MedGenMed. 2004 Jan 15; 6(1):48. PMID: 15208559; PMCID: PMC1140705.
    53. Morris MC, Tangney CC, Bienias JL, Evans DA, Wilson RS. Validity and reproducibility of a food frequency questionnaire by cognition in an older biracial sample. Am J Epidemiol. 2003 Dec 15; 158(12):1213-7. PMID: 14652307.
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    54. Morris MC, Evans DA, Bienias JL, Tangney CC, Bennett DA, Wilson RS, Aggarwal N, Schneider J. Consumption of fish and n-3 fatty acids and risk of incident Alzheimer disease. Arch Neurol. 2003 Jul; 60(7):940-6. PMID: 12873849.
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    55. Evans DA, Bennett DA, Wilson RS, Bienias JL, Morris MC, Scherr PA, Hebert LE, Aggarwal N, Beckett LA, Joglekar R, Berry-Kravis E, Schneider J. Incidence of Alzheimer disease in a biracial urban community: relation to apolipoprotein E allele status. Arch Neurol. 2003 Feb; 60(2):185-9. PMID: 12580702.
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    56. Morris MC, Evans DA, Bienias JL, Tangney CC, Bennett DA, Aggarwal N, Schneider J, Wilson RS. Dietary fats and the risk of incident Alzheimer disease. Arch Neurol. 2003 Feb; 60(2):194-200. PMID: 12580703.
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    57. Morris MC, Evans DA, Bienias JL, Tangney CC, Wilson RS. Vitamin E and cognitive decline in older persons. Arch Neurol. 2002 Jul; 59(7):1125-32. PMID: 12117360.
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    58. Morris MC, Evans DA, Bienias JL, Tangney CC, Bennett DA, Aggarwal N, Wilson RS, Scherr PA. Dietary intake of antioxidant nutrients and the risk of incident Alzheimer disease in a biracial community study. JAMA. 2002 Jun 26; 287(24):3230-7. PMID: 12076219.
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    59. Morris MC, Scherr PA, Hebert LE, Bennett DA, Wilson RS, Glynn RJ, Evans DA. Association between blood pressure and cognitive function in a biracial community population of older persons. Neuroepidemiology. 2002 May-Jun; 21(3):123-30. PMID: 12006775.
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