Majid Fotuhi

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Majid Fotuhi

Professorial Lecturer



Email: Majid Fotuhi
2013 H Street Room 422 Washington DC 20006

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Fotuhi is a neurologist, professor, and author who specializes in the field of memory, attention, brain rehabilitation, and prevention of Alzheimer's disease. He received his doctoral degree in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. In the past, he has served as an instructor at Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Through his clinical work, he has developed a 12-week "brain fitness program" which combines the benefits of lifestyle modifications with biofeedback and targeted brain training. He has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as three book for general audiences. He now teaches courses about neuropsychology and clinical applications of neuroplasticity for students at George Washington University.  

Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University (1992)
M.D. Harvard Medical School (1997)

1.      Wise RA, Fotuhi M, Cole LM. Facilitation of feeding by nucleus accumbens amphetamine injections: Latency and speed measures. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior 1989; 32(3):769–72.
2.      Dawson TM, Bredt DS, Fotuhi M, Hwang PM, Snyder SH. Nitric oxide synthase and neuronal NADPH diaphorase are identical in brain and peripheral tissues. Proceedings National Academy of Sciences USA 1991; 88(17):7797–801.
3.      Bredt DS, Glatt CE, Hwang PM, Fotuhi M, Dawson TM, Snyder SH. Nitric oxide synthase protein and mRNA are discretely localized in neuronal populations of the mammalian CNS with NADPH diaphorase. Neuron 1991; 7(4):615–24.
4.      Steiner JP, Dawson TM, Fotuhi M, Glatt CE, Snowman AM, Cohen N, Snyder SH. High brain densities of the immunophilin FKBP colocalized with calcineurin. Nature 1992; 358(6387):584–7.
5.      Sharp AH, Dawson TM, Ross CA, Fotuhi M, Mourey RJ, Snyder SH. Inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate receptors: immunohistochemical localization of discrete areas of rat central nervous system. Neuroscience 1993; 53(4):927–42.
6.      Hwang PM, Fotuhi M, Bredt DS, Cunningham AM, Snyder SH. Contrasting immunolocalization in rat brain of two novel K+ channels of the Shab subfamily. Journal of Neuroscience 1993; 13(4):1569–76.
7.      Fotuhi M, Sharp AH, Glatt CE, Hwang PM, von Krosigk M, Snyder SH, Dawson TM. Differential localization of phosphoinositide-linked metabotropic glutamate receptor (mGluR1) and the inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate receptor in rat brain. Journal of Neuroscience 1993; 13(5):2001–12.
8.      Fotuhi M, Dawson TM, Sharp AH, Martin LJ, Graybiel AM, Snyder SH. Phosphoinositide second messenger system is enriched in striosomes: Immunohistochemical demonstration of inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate receptors and phospholipase C beta and gamma in primate basal ganglia. Journal of Neuroscience 1993; 13(8):3300–8.
9.      Fotuhi M, Standaert DG, Testa CM, Penney JB Jr., Young AB. Differential expression of metabotropic glutamate receptors in the hippocampus and entorhinal cortex of the rat. Molecular Brain Research 1994; 21(3–4):283–92.
10.     Dawson TM, Steiner JP, Lyons WE, Fotuhi M, Blue M, Snyder SH. The immunophilins, FK 506 biding protein, and cyclophilin are discretely localized in the brain: Relationship to calcineurin. Neuroscience 1994; 62(2):569–80.
11.     Steiner JP, Dawson TM, Fotuhi M, Snyder SH. Immunophilin regulation of neurotransmitter release. Molecular Medicine 1996; 2(3):325–33.
12.     Brotman D, Fotuhi M. Syphilis and orthostatic shaking limbs. Lancet 2000; 356:1734.
13.     Hayden KM, Zandi P, Khachaturian AS, Fotuhi M, Norton MC, Tschanz JT, Pieper CF, Corcoran C, Lyketsos C, Breitner JCS, Welsh-Bohmer KA. Does NSAID use modify cognitive trajectory in the elderly? The Cache County Study. Neurology 2007; 69(3):275–82.
14.     Wengreen, HJ, Munger RG, Corcoran CD, Zandi P, Hayden KM, Fotuhi M, Skoog I, Norton MC, Tschanz JT, Breitner JCS, Welsh-Bohmer KA. Antioxidant intake and cognitive function of elderly men and women. Journal of Nutrition Health Aging 2007; 11(3)230–7.
15.     Fotuhi M, Zandi P, Hayden K M, Khachaturian AS, Wengreen H, Munger R, Norton MC, Tschanz JT, Lyketsos K, Breitner JCS, Welsh-Bohmer KA. Better cognitive performance in elderly taking anti-oxidant vitamins E and C in combination with NSAIDs. Alzheimer’s and Dementia 2008; 4(3):223–7.
16.     Fotuhi M, Mohassel P, Yaffe K. Fish consumption, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, and risk of cognitive decline or Alzheimer disease: A complex association. Nature Clinical Practice Neurology 2009; 5(3):140–52.
17.     Fotuhi M, Glaun B, Quan WY, Sofare T. Vestibular migraine: A critical review of treatment trials. Journal of Neurology 2009; 256(5):711–6. (Epub March 2009).
18.     Fotuhi M, Hachinski V, Kivipelto M, Whitehouse P. Factors associated with resistance to dementia despite high Alzheimer disease pathology. Neurology May 21, 2009.
19.     Fotuhi M. Tips for preserving memory. Practical Neurology 2009; 8(3):34–40.
20.     Fotuhi M, Hachinski V, Whitehouse P. Changing perspectives regarding late-life dementia. Nature Reviews Neurology 2009; 5(12):649–58. (Epub Nov. 17, 2009).
21.     Fotuhi M. How accurate is Alzheimer’s diagnosis among patients over the age of 80. Practical Neurology 2009; 8(8):42–5.
22.     Fotuhi M, Do D, Jack C. Modifiable factors that alter the size of hippocampus with aging. Nature Reviews Neurology 2012; 8(4) 68-72.
23.     Fotuhi M, Lubinski B, Riloff T, Trullinger M, Ghasemi M. Evaluation of a multi-disciplinary Brain Fitness Program for treatment of cognitive impairment in elderly. JSM Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia 2014; 1(1)
24.     Fotuhi M, Lubinski B, Riloff T, Trullinger M, Hauserman N, Hadadi M, Raji C. "A Personalized 12-week "Brain Fitness Program" for Cognitive Improvement, Brain Wave Normalization, and Hippocampal Volume Expansion in Elderly with Mild Cognitive Impairment. Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease; 3(3):133-137
25.     Fotuhi, M, Dwivedy, P, Yeom, L, Nadeem, I, Ebadi, A, Miles, M., & Tittle, R. K. (2020). Retrospective Analysis of a Comprehensive Concussion Recovery Program. The Journal of Rehabilitation, 86(1), 20.
26.     Fotuhi, M, Mian, A, Meysami, S, & Raji, C. (2020). Neurobiology of COVID-19. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Preprint(Preprint), 1–17.