Merrill F. Elias

Dr. Elias PictureMerrill F. (Pete) Elias
Phone: 207-581-2051
merrill.elias@umit.maine.edu

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.

Selected Publications

In Press

Crichton, G. E., Elias, M. F., Dore, G. A., Torres, R. V., & Robbins, M. A. Measurement-to-measurement blood pressure variability is related to cognitive performance: The Maine-Syracuse Study. Hypertension 2014; 64;1094-1101. (DOI:10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.114.04282.)

Waldstein, S. R., & Elias, M. F. (Eds.) (in press). Neuropsychology of Cardiovascular Disease (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Taylor and Francis. (Jan, pub date)

Elias, M. F., Crichton, G. E., & Abhayaratna, W. P. (in press). Synegeristic relations between plasma homocysteine and arterial stiffness in early-stage kidney disease: The Maine-Syracuse Study. Journal of Human Hypertension.

Crichton, G. E., Elias, M. F., Davey, A., Alkerwi, A., & Dore, G. A. (in press). Higher cognitive performance is prospectively associated with healthy dietary choices: The Maine Syracuse Longitudinal Study. Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Additional Publications

Crichton, G. E., Elias, M. F., Dore, G. A., Torres, R. V., & Robbins, M. A. (2014). Measurement-to-measurement blood pressure variability is related to cognitive performance: The Maine-Syracuse Study. Hypertension, 64, 1094-1101.

Crichton, G. E., Elias, M. F., Davey, A., Sauvageot, N., Delagardelle, C., Beissel, J., & Alkerwi A. (2014). Cardiovascular health: A cross-national comparison between The Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study (Central New York, USA) and ORISCAV-LUX (Luxembourg). BMC Public Health, 14, 253. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-253.

Crichton, G. E., Elias, M. F., Sullivan, K. J., Davey, A., & Robbins, M. A. (2014). Lipoprotein levels and cognitive function: The Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20, 961-970.

Elias, M. F., Davey, A., Dore, G. A., Gillespie, A., Abhayaratina, W. P., & Robbins, M. A. (2014). Deterioration in renal function is associated with increased arterial stiffness. American Journal of Hypertension, 27(2), 207-214.