Gene Bowman serves as the Associate Director to the Interventional Studies in Aging Center and is a Principal Investigator at the Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife. He is also a Professor (rank TBD) at Harvard Medical School where he teaches medical students and mentors early stage investigators. Bowman completed post-doctoral training as a NIH-Ruth L. Kirschstein Scholar and a NIH-career development awardee (K23) in Nutrition and Neuroscience as junior faculty in the Department of Neurology at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland.
Bowman works at the interface between nutrition, neurology, epidemiology, and biostatistics and has a long-standing interest in the effects of nutrition/natural bio-actives on cognition and neurodegenerative disease. His research interest is to better understand the mechanisms by which the brain meets its nutritional requirements and how these requirements may differ from one individual to the next. He is also actively involved in methods development where has integrated multi-omic approaches with comprehensive nutritional biomarkers, neuropsychometrics, and neuroimaging measures to produce new insights into the relationship between nutrition and brain aging. This approach has enabled the development of a platform for individualized nutritional therapy through the identification of the interactive properties among nutrients and the biological targets most sensitive to nutrition. Some of the tools and patents include blood and CSF-based diagnostics for the detection of blood-brain barrier breakdown and the early development of a blood-based Nutritional Risk Index for Cognition.
Bowman has held leadership roles among multidisciplinary and international teams of people involved in nutrition and brain aging studies in academia, industry (Nestle) and large volunteer organizations (Alzheimer’s Association). He has led the design, funding and implementation of nutritional interventions for prevention of cognitive decline in the US and France that where direct efforts to translate new findings that emerged in his laboratory. Bowman Co-Founded and is the acting Co-Chair of an international research “hub” focused on “Nutrition, Metabolism and Dementia” science at the Alzheimer’s Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART) and serves as a scientific advisor, key personnel or PI of several studies based in the US and Europe in this area.