Joseph C. Masdeu, MD, PhD

Graham Family Distinguished Chair for Neurological Sciences, Stanley H. Appel Department of Neurology
Professor of Neurology, Institute for Academic Medicine
Full Member, Research Institute
Director, Nantz National Alzheimer Center
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College

Research Lab


Dr. Masdeu trained in Psychiatry at the University of Valencia in Spain and in Neurology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago. He then served as a Fellow in Neuropathology at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital at Harvard Medical School. He was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Neurology at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York, and has served as a Professor and Chair of Neurology at New York Medical College. Dr. Masdeu became a Professor and Chair of Neurology and Neuroscience at the University of Navarre Medical School in Pamplona, Spain. From 2008-2014, Dr. Masdeu was a senior staff physician and scientist in the Section of Integrative Neuroimaging of the Clinical Brain Disorders Branch at the National Institutes of Health. He is chairman of the Neuroimaging Research Group of the World Federation of Neurology. He has been a director of the American Academy of Neurology and president of the American Society of Neuroimaging. Since 2007, he has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neuroimaging. He is the author of 144 peer-reviewed papers, 62 book chapters, and seven books, including Localization in Clinical Neurology, a standard in the field, now in its 6th edition. Dr. Masdeu joined the Houston Methodist Research Institute in 2014. 

Description of Research

Dr. Masdeu’s main areas of research have been the following:

-Clarifying the neurobiology of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders
-Using spontaneous lesion models and/or imaging to map the localization of function in the human brain
-Developing novel neuroimaging signs and implementing neuroimaging as a biomarker of neurological disease

Areas Of Expertise

Alzheimer’s disease Brain lesions Neuroimaging Psychoses Beta-amyloid
Education & Training

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital
PhD, Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona

BDNF Val66Met polymorphism tunes frontolimbic circuitry during affective contextual learning
Jabbi, M, Cropp, B, Nash, T, Kohn, P, Kippenhan, JS, Masdeu, JC, Mattay, R, Kolachana, B & Berman, KF 2017, NeuroImage, vol 162, pp. 373-383. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.08.080

Letter re: High hypothetical interest in physician-assisted death in multiple sclerosis
Masdeu, JC 2017, Neurology, vol 89, no. 13. DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000004431

Tau and Cortical Thickness in Alzheimer Disease
Masdeu, JC 2017, JAMA Neurology, vol 74, no. 4, pp. 390-392. DOI: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2016.5701

Detecting synaptic autoantibodies in psychoses: need for more sensitive methods
Masdeu, JC 2017, Current Opinion in Neurology. DOI: 10.1097/WCO.0000000000000447

Future Directions in Imaging Neurodegeneration
Masdeu, JC 2017, Current neurology and neuroscience reports, vol 17, no. 1, pp. 9. DOI: 10.1007/s11910-017-0718-1

Brain CT and MRI: differential diagnosis of imaging findings
Masdeu, JC, Gadhia, RR & Faridar, A 2016, . in JC Masdeu & RG González (eds), Handbook of Clinical Neurology. vol. 136, Handbook of Clinical Neurology, vol. 136, Elsevier B.V. Handbook of Clinical Neurology, pp. 1037-1054. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-444-53486-6.00054-5

NMDA Receptor Internalization by Autoantibodies: A Reversible Mechanism Underlying Psychosis?
Masdeu, JC, Dalmau, J & Berman, KF 2016, Trends in Neurosciences, vol 39, no. 5, pp. 300-310. DOI: 10.1016/j.tins.2016.02.006

Common Variation in the DOPA Decarboxylase (DDC) Gene and Human Striatal DDC Activity In Vivo
Eisenberg, DP, Kohn, PD, Hegarty, CE, Ianni, AM, Kolachana, B, Gregory, MD, Masdeu, JC & Berman, KF 2016, Neuropsychopharmacology. DOI: 10.1038/npp.2016.31

Tau, amyloid, and hypometabolism in the logopenic variant of primary progressive aphasia
Pascual, B & Masdeu, JC 2016, Neurology, vol 86, no. 5, pp. 487-8. DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000002340

Inherited or acquired metabolic disorders
Eichler, F, Ratai, E, Carroll, JJ & Masdeu, JC 2016, Handbook of Clinical Neurology, vol 135, pp. 603-36. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-444-53485-9.00029-5

Quantitative analysis of 3D T1-weighted gadolinium (Gd) DCE-MRI with different repetition times
Rockers, ED, Pascual, MB, Bajaj, S, Masdeu, JC & Xue, Z 2016, . in Medical Imaging and Augmented Reality - 7th International Conference, MIAR 2016, Proceedings. vol. 9805, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), vol. 9805, Springer Verlag, pp. 259-268, 7th International Conference on Medical Imaging and Augmented Reality, MIAR 2016, Bern, Switzerland, 8/24/16. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-43775-0_23

Genetic and degenerative disorders primarily causing dementia
Masdeu, JC & Pascual, B 2016, . in Handbook of Clinical Neurology. vol. 135, Elsevier, pp. 525-64. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-444-53485-9.00026-X

Advanced neuroimaging methods towards characterization of early stages of Alzheimer’s disease
Sepulcre, J & Masdeu, JC 2016, Methods in Molecular Biology, vol 1303, pp. 509-519. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2627-5_31

Gait and balance disorders
Masdeu, JC 2016, Handbook of Clinical Neurology, vol 136, pp. 939-55. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-444-53486-6.00048-X

Masdeu, JC & González, RG 2016, Handbook of clinical neurology, vol 135, pp. ix. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-444-53485-9.09988-8

Masdeu, JC & González, RG 2016, Handbook of clinical neurology, vol 136, pp. ix. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-444-53486-6.09986-5

In Memoriam: Frank A. Rubino, MD
Freeman, WDA, Brazis, PW, Biller, J, Masdeu, JC, Merrilees, GR & Olson, S 2015, JAMA Neurology, vol 72, no. 11, pp. 1384-1385. DOI: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2015.2308

New scoring methodology improves the sensitivity of the Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive subscale (ADAS-Cog) in clinical trials
Verma, N, Beretvas, SN, Pascual, B, Masdeu, JC, Markey, MK & Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative 2015, Alzheimers Research and Therapy, vol 7, no. 1, pp. 64. DOI: 10.1186/s13195-015-0151-0

Advanced neuroimaging methods towards characterization of early stages of Alzheimer's disease
Sepulcre, J & Masdeu, JC 2015, . in Systems Biology of Alzheimers Disease. Springer New York, pp. 509-519. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2627-5_31

Large-scale brain networks of the human left temporal pole: A functional connectivity MRI study
Pascual, B, Masdeu, JC, Hollenbeck, M, Makris, N, Insausti, R, Ding, SL & Dickerson, BC 2015, Cerebral Cortex, vol 25, no. 3, pp. 680-702. DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bht260