Boston Study Site Team
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Site Principal Investigator
Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Anatomy and Neurobiology
Director, Clinical Core, Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease and CTE Center (BU AD &CTEC)
Co-Leader of Clinical Outcomes Team, Cognitive Subteam, Diagnostic Criteria Team Leader
Boston University School of Medicine
Dr. Robert Stern is Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Anatomy and Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine, where he is also Director of the Clinical Core of the BU Alzheimer’s Disease and CTE Center (one of only 27 centers funded by the National Institutes of Health, NIH).
A major focus of his research involves the long-term effects of repetitive brain trauma in athletes, including the neurodegenerative disease, CTE. He has funding from NIH and the Department of Defense for his work on developing methods of detecting and diagnosing CTE during life, as well as examining potential genetic and other risk factors for this disease. His other major areas of funded research include the assessment and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, the cognitive effects of chemotherapy in the elderly, thyroid-brain relationships, and driving and dementia. Dr. Stern has also published on various aspects of cognitive assessment and is the senior author of many widely used neuropsychological tests, including the Neuropsychological Assessment Battery (NAB).
Dr. Stern has received several NIH and other national grants, has published over 250 journal articles, chapters, and abstracts, and is a Fellow of both the American Neuropsychiatric Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. He is on several editorial board as well as medical and scientific advisory boards, including the Concussion Legacy Foundation, and is also a member of the Mackey-White Committee of the NFL Players Association. He is also chair of the Advisory Council to the Medical Scientific Committee of the MA/NH Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Dr. Stern has testified before the US Senate Special Committee on Aging. He appears frequently in national and international print and broadcast media for his work on CTE and AD. He also appears in the feature length documentaries, “League of Denial” (PBS Frontline, 2013), “Head Games” (2012), and “I Remember Better When I Paint” (2009).
Dr. Stern received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island. He completed his neuropsychology internship training at the Boston VA Medical Center, under the supervision of Dr. Edith Kaplan, and his postdoctoral fellowship training in both neuropsychology and psychoneuroendocrinology at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine. He was on the faculty at UNC from 1990-1993, where he was Associate Director of the NIMH-funded Mental Health Clinical Research Center and Director of the Neurobehavioral Assessment Core. He then joined the faculty at Brown Medical School, where he was Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology, as well as Director of Neuropsychology and the Memory and Cognitive Assessment Program at Rhode Island Hospital. He also directed the Brown Clinical Neuropsychology Internship Training Program. In 2004, Dr. Stern joined the Boston University School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology as an Associate Professor. He was promoted to Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery in 2011 and was then appointed to professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Neurobiology, in 2014 . Dr. Stern and his wife, Susan Ryerson, live in Needham, MA and have four children.
Boston Site Coordinator
Shannon completed her B.A. in the History of Science, History of Medicine at Yale University in May 2016. Shannon worked as a student research assistant Yale's Alzheimer's Disease Research Unit and was a member of the varsity soccer team. She joined the ADC in June of 2016 as the Study Coordinator for the DIAGNOSE CTE and LEGEND Studies. Shannon plans to ultimately attend medical school and become a physician.
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Megan graduated from the University of Delaware in 2016 as a double major, with a B.S in Neuroscience and B.A in Psychology. She has had diverse research experience, allowing her to explore neurocognitive processes in both clinical and healthy populations. She hopes to pursue a doctoral program in Neuropsychology.
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Assistant Professor of Neurology, BU ADC Clinical Core Associate Director
Dr. Mez completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University and earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed residency training in Neurology at Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals. He completed a clinical fellowship in Aging and Dementia and a research fellowship in Neuroepidemiology at Columbia University. During fellowship training, he also earned a Masters in Biostatistics with a focus on Statistical Genetics from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia. In 2013, he became an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine.
Claire is a 2016 graduate of Boston University with a major in health science and a minor in biology. She currently attends Boston University School of Public Health to earn a Master’s degree in Public Health concentrating in epidemiology and will graduate in May 2018. In undergrad she worked at the BU Slone Epidemiology Center on the Pregnancy Health Interview Study, and worked for Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the Physician’s Organization and Development offices respectively. Claire is currently a research assistant at the BU Alzheimer's Disease Center where she works on multiple clinical trials. Claire's interests include Alzheimer's disease, genetics, and cancer research.
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