About Alberto Serrano Pozo, MD, PhD

Dr. Serrano-Pozo is originally from Málaga, Spain. He received his MD in 2001 at the University of Málaga School of Medicine and completed his neurology residency in 2006 at the University Hospital Virgen del Rocío in Seville (Spain), followed by a 2-year research and behavioral neurology fellowship at the same institution. He first joined Dr. Bradley Hyman’s lab at MGH as a research fellow in 2008, where he investigated clinic-pathological correlations of Alzheimer’s dementia using brain specimens from the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center brain bank, as well as the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC) database. His publications during this period resulted in Dr. Serrano-Pozo obtaining his PhD at the University of Seville in 2013. Next, he pursued a US neurology residency, which he completed at the University of Iowa in 2017 as Chief Resident. He then returned to MGH to complete a Clinical Dementia fellowship and pursue his career as clinician-scientist in the field of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. 

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Medical Education

  • MD, University of Mlaga-Spain
  • Residency, University Hospital Spain
  • Residency, University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

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View my most recent research

I am a clinician-scientist neurologist with interest in Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative dementias. My research focuses on trying to explain how the amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles accumulate in the brain of Alzheimer’s disease patients and how they lead to dementia. I first approached this question by studying postmortem brain specimens from Alzheimer’s disease patients and healthy individuals under the microscope. The findings of my unbiased quantitative analyses supported an important role of glial (non-neuronal) cells, specifically astrocytes and microglial cells. These cells clearly react to plaques and tangles, but the consequences of this response remain largely unknown. Therefore, I became interested in understanding the underlying mechanisms of glial responses and their effects on Alzheimer’s disease development and progression.


  • View my most recent publications at PubMed

    Selected publications:

    1. Serrano-Pozo A, et al. Beneficial effect of human anti-amyloid-beta active immunization on neurite morphology and tau pathology. Brain 2010; 133(Pt5): 1312-27.
    2. Serrano-Pozo A, et al. Reactive glia not only associates with plaques but also parallels tangles in Alzheimer’s disease. Am J Pathol 2011; 179(3): 1373-84.
    3. Serrano-Pozo A, et al. Differential relationships of reactive astrocytes and microglia to fibrillar amyloid deposits in Alzheimer disease. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol 2013; 72(6): 462-71. 
    4. Serrano-Pozo A, et al. A phenotypic change but not proliferation underlies glial responses in Alzheimer disease. Am J Pathol 2013; 182(6): 2332-44. 
    5. Serrano-Pozo A, et al. Mild to moderate Alzheimer dementia with insufficient neuropathological changes. Ann Neurol 2014;75(4): 597-601.
    6. Serrano-Pozo A, et al. APOEe2 is associated with milder clinical and pathological Alzheimer’s disease. Ann Neurol 2015; 77(6): 917-29.
    7. Serrano-Pozo A, et al. Four decades of research in Alzheimer’s disease (1975-2914): a bibliometric and scientometric analysis. J Alzheimers Dis 2017; 59(2): 763-83.
    8. Perez-Nievas BG, Serrano-Pozo A. Deciphering the astrocyte reaction in Alzheimer’s disease. Front Aging Neurosci 2018; 10: 114 (doi: 3389/fnagi.2018.00114).