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Robert R. McLean, D.Sc., M.P.H.

Adjunct Scientist, Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research

Dr. McLean is an epidemiologist whose work focuses on identifying the risk factors and consequences of age-related musculoskeletal disease. He has procured NIH, foundation and industry funding to conduct large-scale, population-based, clinical research in the areas of osteoporosis and sarcopenia (the age-related loss of muscle mass, strength and function).

Dr. McLean’s published work includes studies evaluating the influence of diet and nutrition on muscle and bone health. He has also served as an investigator on the FNIH-NIA Sarcopenia Project, an academia-government-industry collaboration to develop empirically-based clinical criteria for low muscle mass and weakness that identify elders at risk for mobility problems. Dr. McLean is a frequent invited speaker on musculoskeletal aging at national scientific meetings and has given talks on healthy aging to community groups throughout New England. 

Dr. McLean is committed to the development of young scientists. He teaches clinical epidemiology to Harvard Medical School students and is a regular guest lecturer on research methods in graduate courses at several universities. Dr. McLean mentors fellows, and promotes career development for early-stage investigators through his committee work for the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals and the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. 

Selected Publications

Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research
1200 Centre Street
Boston, MA 02131


  • 1995, B.S.,
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Troy, NY
  • 1998, M.P.H,
    Boston University School of Public Health; Boston, MA
  • 2006, D.Sc.,
    Boston University School of Public Health; Boston, MA