Jonathan Rosand, MD, MSc

Massachusetts General Hospital/Broad Institute/Harvard Medical School

Appointed to the J.P. Kistler Endowed Chair in Neurology, Jonathan Rosand is Managing Co-Director of the Henry and Allison McCance Center for Brain Health at Massachusetts General Hospital, Associate Member of the Broad Institute, and Professor of Neurology at Harvard. An internationally renowned scientist, clinician, educator and visionary leader, Jonathan has created a legacy of multidisciplinary teams that are successfully tackling some of the most pressing challenges in brain disease. His research program, launched nearly 20 years ago, has grown into the Cerebrovascular Health Research Program, led with multiple PIs. His lab has been a leading contributor to the performance and analysis of high-throughput genome-wide association and sequencing studies in stroke and related traits. In order to accelerate genetic discoveries, Jonathan founded the International Stroke Genetics Consortium in 2007 to bring together the world’s pre-eminent stroke investigators and launched the NIH-funded Cerebrovascular Disease Knowledge Portal to share data widely. Jonathan has trained a generation of national leaders in neurocritical care, stroke and clinical investigation. He served as Program Director for Harvard’s clinical training programs in both stroke and neurocritical care, establishing Harvard’s first accredited programs in each discipline, and is principal investigator of the NIH training program Recovery and Restoration of Central Nervous System Health and Function After Injury. His lab has been the training ground for outstanding investigators who have gone on to establish their own independent research programs at top academic institutions in the US and abroad. Nationally, Jonathan has chaired the NIH study section devoted to reviewing training grants in the neurosciences. Since 2012 he has served as director and now faculty member for the joint American Neurological Association- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke career development course for K awardees. After founding Mass General’s Division of Neurocritical Care, recruiting and mentoring a dozen faculty, and building it into one of the top programs in the country, Jonathan stepped down to establish the McCance Center for Brain Health with Drs Rudy Tanzi and Greg Fricchione. The mission of the McCance Center is to develop the tools to prevent brain disease from ever occurring in the first place and preserve brain function across the lifespan. Through innovative clinical care, research and multidisciplinary collaboration, the McCance Center aims to achieve for brain disease what has been achieved for heart disease over the past 60 years and thereby bring the brain health-span to match the lifespan.


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