Professor and Director
Rush Institute for Healthy Aging, Rush University
Dr. Martha Clare Morris is Professor and Director of the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging and the MIND Center for Brain Health at Rush University in Chicago. She received her doctoral degree in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Morris has over 25 years experience studying risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline. She is one of the pioneers in research on dietary risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive change with aging. She has published findings on the relation of antioxidant nutrients, dietary fats, and the B-vitamins to these conditions. She has a long history of funding to examine dietary risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease among 10,000 African American and Caucasian participants of the Chicago Health and Aging Project and the relation of nutrients, diet patterns, and brain metals to neuropathology and neurologic diseases among 1,200 Chicago participants of the Memory and Aging Project. She is the lead creator of the MIND diet, is the Principal Investigator of the multi-center randomized trial, “the MIND diet to prevent Alzheimer’s disease”, and the Chicagoland site Principal Investigator of the U.S. POINTER trial, a multi-component randomized trial to prevent cognitive decline.