Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center


Vinters, Harry V., M.D.


Molecular pathogenesis of human CNS disease, including dementia, parenchymal substrates of epilepsy, and stroke/cerebrovascular disease


  • Chief, Neuropathology
  • Professor, Neurology
  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Autopsy
  • Surgical Pathology
  • Member, ACCESS Program: Dept. of Cellular & Molecular Pathology
  • Brain Research Institute
  • Faculty, Cellular and Molecular Pathology PhD Program


Vinters work on pediatric epilepsy continues to focus on characterizing expression (with brain and viscera) of genes associated with known familial syndromes of cortical malformation. Emphasis has been placed on the study of two genes which are frequently mutated to yield the (epilepsy-associated) condition tuberous sclerosis, i.e. TSC1 on chromosome 9q34 (protein product hamartin) and TSC2 on chromosome 16p13.3 (protein product tuberin).

Vinters lab is also studying subcellular localization, translocation and molecular mechanisms of action of tuberin/hamartin using tissue culture models.


  1. Tian, M, Kawaguchi, R, Shen, Y, Machnicki, M, Villegas, NG, Cooper, DR et al.. Intercellular Signaling Pathways as Therapeutic Targets for Vascular Dementia Repair. bioRxiv. 2024; :. doi: 10.1101/2024.03.24.585301. PubMed PMID:38585718 PubMed Central PMC10996514.
  2. Magaki, S, Zhang, T, Han, K, Hilda, M, Yong, WH, Achim, C et al.. HIV and COVID-19: two pandemics with significant (but different) central nervous system complications. Free Neuropathol. 2024;5 :. doi: 10.17879/freeneuropathology-2024-5343. PubMed PMID:38469363 PubMed Central PMC10925920.
  3. Xicota, L, Cosentino, S, Vardarajan, B, Mayeux, R, Perls, TT, Andersen, SL et al.. Whole genome-wide sequence analysis of long-lived families (Long-Life Family Study) identifies MTUS2 gene associated with late-onset Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimers Dement. 2024;20 (4):2670-2679. doi: 10.1002/alz.13718. PubMed PMID:38380866 PubMed Central PMC11032545.
  4. Gu, H, Yang, C, Al-Kharouf, I, Magaki, S, Lakis, N, Williams, CK et al.. Enhancing mitosis quantification and detection in meningiomas with computational digital pathology. Acta Neuropathol Commun. 2024;12 (1):7. doi: 10.1186/s40478-023-01707-6. PubMed PMID:38212848 PubMed Central PMC10782692.
  5. Lopez, G, Magaki, SD, Williams, CK, Paganini-Hill, A, Vinters, HV. Characterization of cerebellar amyloid-β deposits in Alzheimer disease. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2024;83 (2):72-78. doi: 10.1093/jnen/nlad107. PubMed PMID:38114098 PubMed Central PMC10799296.
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