University of South Florida
College of Public Health
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. MDC56
Tampa, FL 33612-3805
Amy Borenstein, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Education & History
Came to USF
B.A. Pitzer College, 1978
M.P.H. University of Michigan, 1980
Ph.D. University of Washington, 1988
Epidemiology, early detection and prevention of dementias/Alzheimer’s disease
Cross-cultural studies of dementias/Alzheimer’s disease
Epidemiology of Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis
Epidemiology of autoimmune diseases
BiographyDr. Amy Borenstein is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of South Florida's College of Public Health. She is the author of four chapters in texts on Dementia and Neuroepidemiology and over 100 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts.
She has been investigating the genetic and environmental causes of dementia and Alzheimer's disease for 25 years. In 1988, she was awarded her first NIH grant to study the effects of environmental aluminum exposure in Alzheimer's disease. In 1991, Dr. Borenstein obtained an R01 award to study dementia and Alzheimer's disease in the Japanese American community in Seattle, WA. This study followed 2,000 individuals aged 65 and over from 1991-2002 for memory and aging outcomes and compared these results with methodologically standardized studies of Japanese populations on the island of Oahu, Hawaii (Honolulu-Asia Aging Study) and Hiroshima, Japan (Adult Health Study). These studies' main purpose was to examine if and why the prevalence and incidence of Alzheimer's disease increased as Japanese populations migrated to the West, and whether rates of vascular dementia decreased with this migratory pattern.
Currently, Dr. Borenstein is interested in factors that may modify the clinical expression of Alzheimer's disease, given recent data from her work and others showing that risk factors for the pathology of Alzheimer's and related dementias differ from those for the clinical expression of the disease. She also is involved with studies of factors that have the potential to prevent memory disorders of late-life. Dr. Borenstein has conducted studies in a number of different ethnic and cultural groups and is interested in how the disease expresses itself in these different populations. She has participated as PI or Co-PI in studies of dementia in the Chamorro population of Guam, African-Americans in Michigan and Florida, and studies of Chinese in Shanghai.
Dr. Borenstein has served as consultant to the Honolulu Heart Program, the World Health Organization and other international projects, including a study of Arabs in Israel. She has served as a member of NIH study sections and on the Work Group on Women and Alzheimer's Disease (Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute, Alzheimer's Association and National Institute on Aging). She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Associated Disorders and the American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias and regularly reviews manuscripts for JAMA, Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and many other journals, and was a peer reviewer for the Surgeon General's Report on Women and Smoking.
Dr. Borenstein received her doctorate from the School of Public Health at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1988 and her M.P.H. from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 1980. In 1988, she began a position with Battelle Memorial Institute, a non-profit research institute, which she left as Senior Research Scientist in 1996 to join the faculty at the University of South Florida. She is a past member of USF's Faculty Senate and USF's Research Council and serves as member and chair on numerous committees at the college and departmental level.