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Christopher M. Filley

MD, Senior Scientific Advisor


Dr. Filley is Director of the Behavioral Neurology Section and Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The first behavioral neurologist in the history of the university, Dr. Filley founded the Behavioral Neurology Section in 1991 to represent the study of brain-behavior relationships. In his role as Senior Scientific Advisor at the MIBH, he will help guide multidisciplinary research on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and related psychological disorders, pursuing such questions as the identification of diagnostic biomarkers, the correlation of clinical features with neuroimaging data, and the development of optimal treatments. In addition, he will facilitate the integration of these studies with a variety of other neurobehavioral programs at the university, including in the important area of dementia, increasingly recognized as a potential long-term sequel of TBI. A key collaboration will be maintained with the Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Disease Center, where Dr. Filley serves as Co-Leader of the Clinical Core and Research Physician investigating the etiology, pathogenesis, and treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease. At the MIBH he will also assist with the development of diverse educational initiatives and the organization of comprehensive patient care. Informing all of this work is Dr. Filley’s career interest in the behavioral neurology of white matter, including neurologic, psychiatric, neuropsychological, neuroimaging, neuropathological, and genetic aspects of all varieties of white matter disorders. The author or co-author of 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications, Dr. Filley is also the author of three monographs – Neurobehavioral Anatomy, The Behavioral Neurology of White Matter, and White Matter Dementia – and the senior editor of the acclaimed textbook Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry. ​