Gene Bowman

Gene L. Bowman, N.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor of Neurology



Dr. Bowman has a strong track record for leading interdisciplinary research teams interested in the role of diet and nutritional status in healthy brain aging. This includes applying epidemiological and clinical research methods in people at risk, and those with a diagnosis of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. The laboratory is particularly interested in ways to individualize nutritional therapies and how dietary patterns and nutrients collectively and independently influence brain aging and mental thinking abilities or cognitive function. This program supports public health efforts for reducing the frequency and progression of age-related cognitive decline, including Alzheimer’s disease and vascular cognitive impairment.

Research Publications

Bowman GL, Silbert LS, Howieson D, Dodge HH, Traber MG, Frei B, Kaye JA, Shannon J, Quinn JF. Nutrient Biomarker Patterns, Cognitive Function and MRI Measures of Brain Aging. Neurology 2012;78:1-1.

Bowman GL, Shannon J, Ho E, Traber MG, Frei B, Oken BS, Kaye JA, Quinn JF. Reliability and Validity of Food Frequency Questionnaire and Nutrient Biomarkers in Elders With and Without Mild Cognitive Impairment. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2011 Jan-Mar;25(1):49-57.  

Bowman GL, Shannon J, Frei B, Kaye JA, Quinn JF. Uric Acid as a CNS Antioxidant. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. 2010;19(4):1331-6.

Bowman GL, Dodge H, Calabrese C, Oken BS, Frei B, Kaye JA, Quinn JF. Ascorbic Acid and Rates of Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer’s Disease. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 2009;16(1):93-98.

Bowman GL and Quinn JF. Alzheimer’s Disease and the Blood-Brain Barrier: Past, Present and Future (Invited Review). Aging Health 2008, 4(1): 47-57.

Bowman GL, Kaye J, Moore M, Waichunas D, Carlson N, Quinn JF. Blood-Brain Barrier in Alzheimer’s Disease: Stability and Functional Significance. Neurology 2007;68:1809–1814.

Education and Training

Old Dominion University: B.S., Exercise Science, 1993-97

National College of Natural Medicine: N.D., Naturopathic medicine, 2000-04
Thesis: Health SENSE in Ischemic Heart Disease

Greenspan Health Center: Resident, Integrative and naturopathic medicine, 2004-05

National College of Natural Medicine: Fellowship, CAM research, 2004-05

Oregon Health and Science University: Fellowship, Aging & Alzheimer, 2005-08

Oregon Health and Science University: Certificate, Human Investigations, 2006-08

Oregon Health and Science University:  M.P.H., Epidemiology and Biostatistics, 2009-11
Thesis: Pattern Analysis of Nutrient Biomarkers in Neuroepidemiology

Clinical Practice

Dr. Bowman emphasizes naturopathic medicine, such as diet, vitamins, minerals, and herbs to complement conventional therapies for the prevention and management of neurological and cardiovascular disorders in older adults.

Professional Affiliations

Member of the American Academy of Neurology; American Society for Nutrition; American Association of Naturopathic Physicians; National Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine; Associate Editor for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease


Phone: 503 494-6976