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Faculty - Merrill F. Elias

Merrill F. (Pete) Elias
Phone: 207-581-2051

My research focuses on cardiovascular risk factors in relation to cognitive functioning in non-demented individuals. Risk factors I have studied include hypertension, risk for future stroke, plasma homocysteine, ApoE-e4 genotype, diabetes mellitus, left ventricular mass, obesity, central adiposity, atrial fibrillation, angina, and depressed mood. My current interest is in relating pulse wave velocity (a measure of arterial stiffness) to cognition and relations between mild renal dysfunction and cognition. My studies, and those of my students, are done in a life-span developmental context and involve cross-sectional differences and longitudinal designs. Much of the data for my work, and the work of my students, comes from our own Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study (begun in 1975), the Framingham Heart Study and Framingham Offspring Study. My teaching interests are experimental design, biostatistics and epidemiological approaches to the study of cognitive functioning.

I live on the coast of Maine and enjoy kayaking, stone wall building, woods work, and grand-parenting Jessica, a sable and white collie.


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301 Little Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5782
Phone: (207) 581-2030 | Fax: (207) 581-6128E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469