Dr. Bowman’s research interests include the role of lifestyle and dietary factors in the promotion of healthy brain aging and prevention of neurological disorders. This includes applying epidemiological and clinical research methods to the study of aging populations at risk for dementia and those carrying the diagnosis of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. He has developed a platform for individualized nutritional therapy to promote cognitive health and introduced novel approaches to the field of nutritional epidemiology. His laboratory has experience analyzing dietary surveys and tissue biomarkers of diet in older adults. The overarching interest is to better understand how lifestyle and dietary factors collectively and independently operate on the brain using psychometric and neuroimaging measures in living adults. The primary thrust is to support public health efforts to delay the onset and prevent age-related cognitive decline, including Alzheimer’s disease and vascular cognitive impairment through prudent lifestyle interventions.
Dr. Bowman’s scientific publications on diet and brain health have been covered by local, national and international media including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Times of London, TIME magazine, The Oregonian, The Osgood File CBS News Radio, Oprah Magazine, NPR’sThink Out Loud and hundreds of other outlets.
His research is supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). He studied at the National College of Natural Medicine, where he earned his doctorate in naturopathic medicine. He also studied public health epidemiology and biostatistics (M.P.H) and completed NIH postdoctoral fellowship in neurology at OHSU. He currently holds a Career Development Award (K23) from the NIH focused on nutrition, cognitive aging and dementia research. He serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and is frequently invited for peer review of articles submitted to other journals including Neurology, Neurobiology of Aging, BMC Public Health and Free Radical Biology and Medicine.