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Bernard Schreurs, PhD

Director, West Virginia Alzheimer's Disease Registry

Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology


PhD, Psychology, University of Iowa

Focus Areas

Learning and memory, Posttraumatic stress disorder, health disparities and Alzheimer's disease


Bernard Schreurs graduated from the University of Iowa with a Ph.D. in psychology and spent more than twelve years at the National Institutes of Health studying the biology of learning and memory. He joined the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute in 2000 and is currently working on models of Alzheimer’s Disease and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr Schreurs is also a Professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at West Virginia University. Dr Schreurs is the author of more than one hundred scholarly research articles and teaches advanced graduate classes and medical pharmacology. In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Schreurs is the Director of the West Virginia Alzheimer’s Disease Registry a registry of those in West Virginia with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias which is designed to help understand dementia in order to advise patients, physicians, caregivers, and decision makers about the causes, care and treatment of dementia. The disproportionate levels of health disparities in West Virginia make it uniquely susceptible to Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. The relationship between health disparities and Alzheimer’s Disease is the focus of ongoing and planned research.

Sample Publications

  • Sparks, D. L. & Schreurs, B. G. (2003).  Trace amounts of copper in the water induce β-amyloid plaques and learning deficits in a rabbit model of Alzheimer’s disease.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 100, 11065-11069.
  • Schreurs, B.G., (2011).  The West Virginia Alzheimer's Disease Registry: helping West Virginia cope.  West Virginia State Medical Journal, 107, 44-45.
  • Denvira, J., Neitch, S., Fan, J., Niles, R.M., Boskovic, G., Schreurs, B.G., Primerano, D.A. & Alkon, D.L. (2015).  Identification of the PS1 Thr147Ile variant in a family with very early onset dementia and expressive aphasia.  Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 46, 483-490.
  • Abner, E., Jicha, G., Christian, J. & Schreurs, B.G. (2015).  Rural-urban differences in Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders diagnostic prevalence in Kentucky and West Virginia.  Journal of Rural Health, doi: 10.1111/jrh.12155.

Contact Info

Email: Bschreurs@hsc.wvu.edu

Phone: (304) 293-0497