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Natalia (Natasha) Palacios


Natalia Palacios
Natalia PalaciosAssistant Professor

Research Interests

The role of the gut microbiome in brain health.

Metabolomics and brain health

Epidemiology of Neurodegenerative Disease

Education

  • Sc.D, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Biography

I am an epidemiologist with over 10 years of experience in epidemiological studies of neurological disease. My research interests include traditional neuro-epidemiology, as well as the role of the microbiome and metabolomics in brain health. I am currently PI of an R01 from the NINDS to study the gut microbiome in Parkinson’s disease (PD). I collaborate extensively with investigators at the Harvard School of Public Health, in the Department of Veterans Affairs and at UMass Medical School.

Selected Publications

  • Palacios, N., Scott, T., Sahasrabudhe, N., Gao, X., Tucker, K.L. (2019). Lower Plasma Vitamin B-6 is Associated with 2-Year Cognitive Decline in the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study. The Journal of nutrition, 149(4) 635-641.
  • Palacios, N., Scott, T., Sahasrabudhe, N., Gao, X., Tucker, K.L. (2019). Serum vitamin D and cognition in a cohort of Boston-area Puerto Ricans. Nutritional neuroscience, 1-8.
  • Palacios, N., Fitzgerald, K., Roberts, A.L., Hart, J.E., Weisskopf, M.G., Schwarzschild, M.A., Ascherio, A., Laden, F. (2014). A prospective analysis of airborne metal exposures and risk of Parkinson disease in the nurses’ health study cohort. Environmental Health Perspectives, (9).
  • Palacios, N., Fitzgerald, K., Roberts, A.L., Hart, J.E., Weisskopf, M.G., Schwarzschild, M.A., Ascherio, A., Laden, F. (2014). A Prospective Analysis of Airborne Metal Exposures and Risk of Parkinson Disease in the Nurses’ Health Study Cohort. Environmental Health Perspectives, 122(9) 933 - 938.
  • Palacios, N., Ascherio, A. (2013). Reply to: Diabetes and risk of Parkinson’s disease. Movement Disorders, 28(2) 258.
  • Palacios, N., Gao, X., O’Reilly, E., Schwarzschild, M., McCullough, M.L., Mayo, T., Gapstur, S.M., Ascherio, A.A. (2012). Alcohol and risk of Parkinson’s disease in a large, prospective cohort of men and women. Movement Disorders, (8) 980.
  • Palacios, N., Gao, X., McCullough, M.L., Schwarzschild, M.A., Shah, R., Gapstur, S., Ascherio, A. (2012). Caffeine and risk of Parkinson’s disease in a large cohort of men and women. Movement Disorders, 27(10) 1276.
  • Palacios, N., Claire Simon, K. (2012). Commentary: Smoking and multiple sclerosis, cause or coincidence?. Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, 1 106 - 107.
  • Palacios, N., Gao, X., Schwarzschild, M., Ascherio, A. (2012). Declining Quality of Life in Parkinson Disease Patients before and after Diagnosis (P06. 064). Neurology, 78(1 Supplement) P06–064.
  • Palacios, N., Roberts, A., Weisskopf, M., Schwarzschild, M., Laden, F., Ascherio, A. (2012). E-002: Exposure to Airborne Metals and risk of Parkinson Disease in a Prospective Study of US Women. Epidemiology, 23(5S).
  • Palacios, N., Claire Simon, K. (2012). Smoking and multiple sclerosis, cause or coincidence?. Multiple Sclerosis And Related Disorders, 1(3) 106 - 107.
  • Palacios, N., Gao, X., McCullough, M.L., Jacobs, E.J., Patel, A.V., Mayo, T., Schwarzschild, M.A., Ascherio, A. (2011). Obesity, diabetes, and risk of Parkinson’s disease. Movement Disorders, 26(12) 2253.
  • Gao, X., Lyall, K., Palacios, N., Walters, A., Ascherio, A., Gao, X., Lyall, K., Palacios, N., Walters, A.S., Ascherio, A. (2011). RLS in middle aged women and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in their offspring. Sleep Medicine, 12(1) 89 - 91.
  • Palacios, N., Alonso, A., Brønnum-Hansen, H., Ascherio, A. (2011). Smoking and Increased Risk of Multiple Sclerosis: Parallel Trends in the Sex Ratio Reinforce the Evidence. Annals of Epidemiology, 21 536 - 542.
  • Palacios, N., Alonso, A., Brønnum-Hansen, H., Ascherio, A. (2010). Variations in the gender ratio of multiple sclerosis linked to converging smoking trends in men and women.