Brain Health Program

The Johns Hopkins Brain Health Program is a multi-specialty team of experts from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Whiting School of Engineering, and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. In the hope of revealing new directions for therapies, we study molecular biomarkers identified from tissue and brain imaging that are associated with memory problems related to HIV infection, aging, dementia, mental illness and traumatic brain injury.

We are implementing novel clinical assessments and developing new mathematical models to put our findings into action. The team seeks to advance policies and practices to optimize brain health in vulnerable populations while destigmatizing these brain disorders.

Our Team

Our team is led by Leah H. Rubin, Ph.D., MPH and Jennifer Coughlin, M.D., and includes investigators, graduate and undergraduate clinical research coordinators, volunteers and other collaborators passionate about our mission.

Our Clinical Research Studies

Our team is conducting several clinical studies that are recruiting participant. If you are interested in participating in a study, please call 443-287-4701 or email [email protected].

You may be eligible to participate in a study if you answer yes to any of the items below. When you email or call about participating, please include what applies to you from these lists.

Do you fall into any of the following groups?

  • Are you a person living with a mental health condition?
    • Mood disorder (depression, bipolar)
    • Anxiety disorder
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • Psychosis (schizophrenia)
  • Are you a person living with significant memory problems?
    • Mild cognitive impairment
    • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Are you a person living with HIV?
  • Were you in the National Football League (NFL) in the past 10 years?

Are you willing to participate in a research study that focuses on brain health?

  • Are you willing to complete paper and pencil and computerized assessments of memory and other mental abilities and mood assessments?
  • Are you willing to have your blood drawn?
  • Are you willing to undergo an MRI (brain scan)?
  • Are you willing to undergo a PET scan (requires an arterial line)?
  • Are you willing to have a lumbar puncture?
  • Are you willing to participate in a clinical trial (medication)?

Support the Brain Health Program

We are grateful for your support of the Johns Hopkins Brain Health Program. Your gift creates impact and helps fuel our important work to improve cognitive and mental health for all individuals in vulnerable populations.