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 Center (one of only 29 centers funded by the National Institutes of Health, NIH), and Director of Clinical Research for the BU Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Center. 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 boards and is on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Boards of the MA/NH Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and Sports Legacy Institute, and is also a member of the Mackey-White Traumatic Brain Injury Committee of the NFL Players 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).
ADC/CTE Center Research Assistant
Lorraine Baldwin has been a research assistant at Boston University for over 15 years and has been involved in several projects including the NIH-funded MIRAGE, REVEAL, and ADAPT projects, as well as several Bapineuzumab studies. Lorraine is responsible for entry of subject information including demographics, clinical history and family information into computerized databases and is also responsible for reviewing data for accuracy. She also provides general clerical support to the project managers for the various studies of Alzheimer’s disease.
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DIAGNOSE CTE Study 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 Recruitment Coordinator for the Diagnose CTE and LEGEND Studies. Shannon plans to ultimately attend medical school and become a physician.
HOPE Participant Coordinator
Angela Dwyer completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she majored in Landscape Design. She received a Masters in Administrative Studies from Boston University in January 2011 and a Certificate in Project Management in June 2011. Mrs. Dwyer joined the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical and Research Program at Boston University School of Medicine in September 2002. Angela serves as the Participant Coordinator for the Health Outreach Program for the Elderly (HOPE) study, a research registry that is collecting longitudinal data on approximately 600 older adults with or without memory problems.
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Assistant to Dr. Robert Stern
Nicole Gullotti graduated from UMass Amherst in 2015 with a B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in neuroscience. While there, she focused her research on the impact of brain stimulation as a therapy for mild traumatic brain injury, with a particular focus on concussions. She hopes to pursue a doctoral program in neuroscience.
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Research Assistant, HOPE Study
Rose Healy earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and completed the premedical requirements at Amherst College and graduated in May 2015. Upon graduating, Rose worked as a medical assistant and scribe for a year getting hands on clinical experience, and joined the ADC in July of 2016. Rose is a psychometrician and research assistant for the Health Outreach Program for the Elderly (HOPE) study, a longitudinal study of memory and aging at the ADC. The HOPE study tracks the memory and cognition abilities of elderly adults with varying degrees of cognitive decline to provide insight into the aging process and the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
Financial and Grants Manager
Tennyson is a Grants Manager for Dr. Stern's grant and clinical trial portfolio. She earned her Bachelors in Business from Boston University Questrom School of Business in 2014, and is back in school getting her MBA from Questrom in the evenings. Tennyson plans to pursue a career in Healthcare Management.
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Clinical Trials Study Coordinator
Dawn Jacobs began her nursing education at Boston Children’s Hospital School of Nursing. She then earned a BSN from Excelsior College in Albany NY and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Boston University. She has many years of research experience in a variety of clinical settings including, birth defects, HIV and vaccine clinical trials. She joined the clinical trials team at the BU Alzheimer's Disease Center in January of 2016. She enrolls and manages patients on several trials including : the A4 prevention trial, the BAN20401 study for patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment and very early Alzheimer’s Disease, the NOBLE Study and theExpedition 3 study.
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Clinical Research Associate
Jane Mwicigi completed her undergraduate training at the University Of Nairobi Medical School where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery. Jane then completed her Master’s degree in Public Health at Boston University majoring in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She joined the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Boston University School of Medicine in September 2002. Jane is a Clinical Research Project Manager coordinating and managing sponsored clinical trials at the Alzheimer’s Disease Center. She has managed the Phase three Bapineuzumab studies sponsored by Janssen and Pfizer and the Sub-clinical Hypothyroid study evaluating mood and cognition, a study sponsored by NIH.
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Recruitment Coordinator, DIAGNOSE CTE Research Project
Taylor completed her Bachelors of Arts at Boston University in 2012. Continuing her time as a Terrier after graduation, Taylor worked as a research assistant at the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University. She joined the ADC in May of 2016 as the Recruitment Coordinator for the Diagnose CTE Study. Taylor ultimately plans to move towards clinical care and become a Physician Assistant.
Research Assistant, HOPE Study
Christian Puzo graduated from Boston College in 2016 with a B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in neuroscience. During his time as an undergraduate student, he was a member of two cognitive neuroscience laboratories, where he worked on research studies examining how structural differences in the brain correlate with performance on cognitive tests. Christian joined the Alzheimer's Disease Center in July 2016. He currently works as a research assistant on the HOPE study, which tracks the cognitive abilities of elderly adults to stimulate research into understanding both normal cognitive aging and Alzheimer’s disease.
Project Manager- DIAGNOSE CTE Research Project
Fiona Rice received her B.S. in education at Northeastern University and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Boston University. She has many years of experience coordinating epidemiologic research projects and clinical trials. Fiona joined the DIAGNOSE CTE Research Project as the Project Manager in January 2016.
Clinical Research Assistant, DIAGNOSE CTE Research Project
Maddie graduated from Keene State College earning her BS in Biology and minor in Psychology. During this time she conducted research on the effects of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on cardiac function in developing African clawed frogs. She also captained the Varsity Women’s Swim Team and in the off season, boxed. Maddie joined the center as a LEGEND intern in June 2016. Maddie plans to continue her education in the near future.
Eric Steinberg is the Project Manager for the Research Registry of the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center. He has held this position since February of 2000. The Research Registry is a National Institute of Aging funded program that follows individuals with and without memory impairment longitudinally. The Registry is comprised of 1,400 participants and the BUADC currently follows 320 of these participants actively. The Registry facilitates significant research in the area of Alzheimer’s disease by providing the following: 1) a comprehensive source of data to many investigators pursuing research in this field; 2) a source of potential human subject research participants; 3) a biosample repository; and 4) a brain donation program. In his role as Project Manager of the Research Registry he oversees the collection of significant data, and also performs multiple cognitive/memory evaluations per year. Eric is a certified nurse practitioner with extensive experience as a clinician in the field of geriatrics and dementia. Apart from his role as Project Manager of the Research Registry, he has been an active clinician at Boston University Medical Center working primarily with Alzheimer’s disease patients and their caregivers. As Project Manager, Eric also provides ongoing education and training in the field of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to administrative and nursing personnel at assisted living and long-term care facilities. Eric lives in a suburb of Boston with his wife and children.
Clinical Trials Research Assistant
Claire is a graduate of Boston University in 2016 with a major in health science and a minor in biology. She currently attends Boston University School of Public Health for a Master of Public Health concentrating in epidemiology. In undergrad she gained experience working at BU Slone Epidemiology Center on the Pregnancy Health Interview Study doing follow-up of participants vaccination records. She also worked for the MGH Physician's Organization and the Development Office of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute her final year of undergrad. Claire is currently a research assistant at the Boston University Alzheimer's Disease Center, where she works on clinical trials. Claire's interests include Alzheimer's disease, genetics, and cancer research.
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T32 Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Michael Alosco earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with emphasis in neuropsychology, from Kent State University in August 2015. He is now a T32 postdoctoral fellow at the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center. During his fellowship and beyond, Dr. Alosco will pursue his research interest in the investigation of clinical biomarkers and the neurological underpinnings of neurodegenerative conditions, with focus on CTE.
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M.D., Ph.D. Candidate
Graduate Researcher at BUSM; Sports Legacy Institute Community Educators (SLICE) Co-Director. Philip became a Graduate Researcher at the CTE Center in the summer of 2010. The following summer, Philip was awarded a Medical Student Summer Research Grant to investigate exposure variables for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). He placed second at the Research Poster Symposium. His experiences at the CTE Center motivated a successful application to the Neuroanatomy and Neurobiology combined M.D./Ph.D. Vesalius academic training program.He is involved with all of the of the CTE Center’s clinical research studies including the Brain Donation Registry, and the LEGEND, CONTACT, and DETECT studies.
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Graduated from Franklin Pierce University as the class of 2016 Valedictorian and a member of the Honors program, with a BS in Psychology and minors in Forensic Psychology and Sports and Recreation Management. At Franklin Pierce she captained the Varsity Women's Ice Hockey team and was on the Varsity Women's Track & Field team. Also at Franklin Pierce, she worked for two years as a research assistant for the Behavioral Sciences Department and tutored a variety of psychology disciplines including Neuroscience. Conducted research on the prevalence of stress and depression in NCAA student-athletes and student non-athletes for her senior thesis. Aspires to attain an MD and become a neurosurgeon.
Chris graduated from Boston College in 2016 with a major in chemistry and a minor in biology. During his undergraduate years, he worked as an EMT, was a founding member of an education startup, and assisted with clinical research in endocrinology at BMC. Chris joined the CTE Center as a LEGEND intern in June 2016. In the fall, he will be attending medical school to become a physician.
LEGEND Intern/ Research Assistant
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 continue her education focusing on sports injuries and rehabilitation.
Emily is a member of Boston University’s Class of 2017 majoring in Human Physiology at the Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences. Throughout her time in college, she has gained experience working in hospitals all throughout Boston and while abroad in Australia. She has volunteered at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she helped the child life specialists with inpatient care. She was also a lab assistant and clinical observer at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, where she shadowed infectious disease physicians in the ICU and identified microbes from patient samples for the medical microbiologists. She is currently a research assistant at the Orthopedic Oncology Unit at Mass. General Hospital where she is collecting information for the hospital’s sarcoma study. She joined the Alzheimer’s Disease Center as a HOPE intern in January of 2017. Emily ultimately plans to have a career in the healthcare field and continue her education to become a physician, PA, or NP.
Professor, Department of Neurology
Dr. Rhoda Au completed her undergraduate degree at Pomona College in California . She earned her PhD from the University of California, Riverside, as well as an MBA from Boston University in 1995. She joined the Boston University School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology in 1986 as a Research Instructor, and she is currently a Professor in the Department of Neurology. Dr. Au’s research interests are focused on aging and dementia, and include relating cardiovascular risk factors, brain MRI measures, and neuropathology to cognitive performance. She is also interested in merging research and technology as the path toward innovative science.
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
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Dr. Andrew E. Budson is a Professor of Neurology at BU School of Medicine, Associate Director for Research at the BU Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Lecturer in Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and Consultant Neurologist at the Division of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Department of Neurology, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Budson has had continual NIH funding since 1998, and continues to see patients while teaching at his memory disorders clinic at VA Boston. He is board certified in Neurology.
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Director of the Data Coordinating Center
Christine Chaisson is Director of the Data Coordinating Center (DCC) and an assistant research professor of biostatistics in the Department of Biostatistics at the BU School of Public Health. She also leads the Data Management and Statistics Core for the BU Alzheimer’s Disease Center and directs data management efforts for the BU Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Her research interests include study design, clinical trials, data management methodology, and electronic data capture methodologies. Learn more HERE. Contact Christine at: email@example.com
Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at BUSM. Chairman Department of Surgery, Chief Neurosurgery Service, Director Service Sports Medicine at Emerson Hospital
Robert C. Cantu Dr, Cantu is the Medical Director and Director of Clinical Research for the Dr. Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center, Chief of Neurosurgery Service, Associate Chairman Department of Surgery, and Director of Sports Medicine at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts. He is a founder of the Center for the study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University Medical School where he is also a Clinical Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery. He currently serves as Senior Advisor to the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee; Section Co-Chair Mackey-White National Football League Players Association Health and Safety Committee; -Founder and Medical Director Sports Legacy Institute; Member World Rugby Concussion Advisory Group; Adjunct Professor Exercise and Sport Science and Medical Director National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC; Co-Director, Neurologic Sports Injury Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Senior Advisor Brain Injury Center and Adjunct Staff, Children’s Hospital, Boston, Vice President Chair Scientific Advisory Committee National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). He also consults with numerous NFL, NHL and NBA teams. He also is a professional consultant to the USA Rugby Medical & Risk Committee sub-committee for Sports Concussion. He has published over 400 scientific articles including 33 books on Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Sports Medicine.
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Professor of Medicine, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Genetics & Genomics, Epidemiology, & Biostatistics. Chief, Genetics Program
Dr. Farrer is a graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, received his Ph.D. from the Indiana University School of Medicine, and gained additional training in genetic epidemiology at Yale University. He holds adjunct faculty positions at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Bedford, Massachusetts. He is a Founding Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics. Dr. Farrer teaches several courses in human genetics and genetic epidemiology at Boston University, directs Boston University’s Molecular Genetics Core Facility which offers DNA genotyping and sequencing services to investigators at the Boston Medical Center, and provides genetic counseling and testing to patients with a variety of inherited conditions.
Dr. Fredman’s research focuses on associations between psychosocial factors and disease, with special attention to elderly populations. She is conducting studies on the effects of chronic stress on psychological, cognitive and physical health outcomes in elderly caregivers and non-caregivers, and on the health effects of positive affect. Her other research is on psychological factors that affect outcomes of hip fracture. Dr. Fredman teaches courses in the epidemiology of aging and epidemiologic methods. Prior to joining BUSPH, Dr. Fredman spent eight years as a faculty member with the Departments of Family Medicine and Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, & Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Lee Goldstein received a bachelor’s degree in humanities and biology from Columbia University and went on to complete his medical and doctoral training at Yale University. Dr. Goldstein completed an internal medicine internship and residency program in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He was previously an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, as well as the Director of the Molecular Aging & Development Laboratory and Center for Biometals & Metallomics at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston. Dr. Goldstein joined the Boston University School of Medicine, College of Engineering, Photonics Center, and the BU ADC in December 2007.
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Associate Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology
Dr. Killiany received his master’s degree in psychology from the University of Hartford and completed doctoral training in psychology at Northeastern University. He completed postdoctoral fellowship training in neuroanatomy, neurobiology, and neuropsychology at the Boston University School of Medicine and joined its faculty in 2001. In addition to his appointments at BUSM, Dr. Killiany currently teaches psychology at Northeastern University and is a Research Associate of Radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Research Associate of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
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Dr. Neil W. Kowall was born in Calgary, Canada and graduated with his MD from the University of British Columbia in 1979. He moved to Boston for postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital followed by a Neurology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. After finishing his clinical training, he completed a postdoctoral research fellowship and was appointed Assistant Professor of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He moved to the VA and Boston University in 1992 where he is currently Professor of Neurology and Pathology, Chief of Neurology at VA Boston Healthcare System, Director of the VA New England Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center and Director of the NIH-funded Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center. His major research interests are human neuroanatomy and neuropathology and the use of animal models to test novel therapies for neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Michael McClean is an Associate Professor and the Director of Doctoral Training in the Department of Environmental Health at the BU School of Public Health. Dr. McClean oversees the Exposure Biology Research Laboratory and his research interests focus on the use of biological markers to assess environmental and occupational exposures with respect to exposure-related disease. Trained as an industrial hygienist, he is interested in improving upon traditional exposure assessment methods.
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Professor of Neurology & Pathology, Director, Neuropathology Core
Dr. McKee completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin and received her medical degree from the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. She completed residency training in neurology at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital and fellowship training in neuropathology at Massachusetts General Hospital. She was Assistant Professor of Neuropathology at Harvard Medical School from 1991-94, when she became Associate Professor of Neurology and Pathology at Boston University School of Medicine. In 2011, she was promoted to Professor of Neurology and Pathology. Dr. McKee directs the Neuropathology Service for the New England Veterans Administration Medical Centers (VISN-1) and the Brain Banks for the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center, Framingham Heart Study, and Centenarian Study, which are all based at the Bedford VAMC. Dr. McKee is also the Chief Neuropathologist for the National VA ALS Brain Bank.
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.
Chris Nowinski is the founding executive director of the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI), a non-profit organization dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis through education, advocacy, and research. Chris also serves as the Outreach, Recruitment, Education, and Public Policy Leader at the BU CTE Center, which he co-founded, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Behavioral Neuroscience at Boston University School of Medicine. He is the author of the book Head Games, as well as 18 medical journal articles.
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Associate Professor of Neurology. Director, Residency Program
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Wendy Qiu is an Associate Professor in the Psychiatry Department, Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics Department, Alzheimer’s disease Center (ADC) at Boston University School of Medicine. She is also a faculty member in the Neuroscience Program at Boston University. She is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who was trained at Tufts Medical Center and at the Payne Whitney Clinic, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell Medical Center.
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Dr. Schon received her Ph.D. in Psychology at the BU Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences. She is a cognitive neuroscientist and an expert in functional neuroimaging studies of human memory. She is an Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology and director of the Brain Plasticity and Neuroimaging Laboratory at BUMC. Currently, her research focuses on exercise and the brain in aging.
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Dr. Stein’s research interests involve the study of neurodegenerative diseases, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), Alzheimer disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He studies the role of trauma in the abnormal accumulation of beta-amyloid and tau and in the acceleration of neurodegenerative disease. He is an acting neuropathologist involved with the brain banks for the Boston University Alzheimer Disease and CTE Center, Framingham Heart Study, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) National ALS Biorepository, as well as the National Veterans Administration ALS, Gulf War, and PTSD brain banks.
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Yorghos Tripodis, Ph.D., Co-Investigator, is Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at Boston University School of Public Health. He has years of research experience in correlated data analysis including applications in clinical trials, observational studies and time series. He serves as the biostatistician for the BU Alzheimer’s Disease Center. He is also the biostatistician for the UNITE (Understanding Neurological Injury and Traumatic Encephalopathy) bio bank.
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Clinical Core Investigator, ADC Clinical Core
Dr. Elizabeth Vassey completed her Pre-doctoral Clinical Fellowship with a specialty in Clinical Neuropsychology at The Memory Clinic (Clinical Neurosciences Research Associates) as the primary placement of the Southwestern Vermont Psychology Consortium. She also pursued postdoctoral training in Forensic Neuropsychology specializing in traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, and other causes of memory disorders. She completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology from the Department of Neurology at the BU ADC under the supervision of Dr. Robert Stern and joined its faculty in 2014. In addition to her appointment at the BU ADC, Dr. Vassey is the Associate Director of the Boston Center for Memory (BCM), a multi-specialty diagnostic and treatment center for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. At BCM, Dr. Vassey is responsible for providing clinical evaluations and follow-up clinical care as well as managing and coordinating the clinical and research administrative operations of the center.
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Dr. Adler received his M.D. and Ph.D. (pharmacology) from NYU School of Medicine and did his neurology residency and movement disorders fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He then joined Mayo Clinic Arizona with research interests in biomarkers for an early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and PD with dementia, identifying new treatments for PD and other movement disorders, and studying sports neurology including golfer’s cramp (yips) and biomarkers for chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Dr. Adler was awarded the 2006 Distinguished Investigator of the Year Award at Mayo Clinic Arizona.
Tim Ahles, Ph.D. is the Director of the Neurocognitive Research Laboratory at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Over the last 20 years, his research has focused on cognitive side effects of cancer treatments including chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and radiation therapy. These studies have included cross-sectional and longitudinal studies of chemotherapy-induced cognitive change utilizing neuropsychological assessments and structural and functional MRI, examination of genetic other biological factors that increase risk for cognitive changes, study of the interface of treatment-induced cognitive change and ageing, and the evaluation of cognitive behavioral interventions.
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Dr. Bernick graduated summa cum laude from Rice University with a BA in history, received his MD from University of Texas Southwestern, and was elected to the medical honor society, alpha omega alpha. Dr. Bernick completed a neurology residency at the University of Miami, followed by a neurology fellowship at the University of Arizona, and a Masters of Public Health at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is currently Associate Director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and directs the Professional Fighters Brain Health study, which aims to understand the effects of cumulative head trauma on the brain.
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Russell T. Joffe, M.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry at Hofstra LIJ-North Shore School of Medicine. Previously he held senior administrative and clinical research positions in the United States and Canada. He has been consistently funded by peer-reviewed government and private agencies in these two countries. He has more than 400 peer reviewed publications and abstracts and more than 35 book chapters. His research interests are the pharmacology of treatment-resistant depression, bipolar disorder and the role of thyroid hormones in mood and cognition.
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Dr. Mandelblatt is the Associate Director for Population Sciences at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and a tenured Professor of Medicine and Oncology at Georgetown University. Dr. Mandelblatt is one of a limited number of US scientists conducting research at the intersection of cancer and aging. She currently serves as the lead of the NCI's Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET) Breast Cancer Working Group and has led breast cancer screening analyses for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cancer Society, and the US Preventive Services Task Force.
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Lisa earned a BA from Cornell University where she met her husband, Tom McHale, an All-American Defensive End for the Big Red. They married and moved to Tampa, where Tom began his NFL career and Lisa received degrees in School Psychology from the University of South Florida. When Tom passed away in 2008, Lisa donated his brain to the VA-BU-SLI brain bank where he was diagnosed with CTE. In 2010, Lisa joined the Sports Legacy Institute as Director of Family Relations, serving as the liaison between the researchers and donor families.
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Dr. Pasquale is Professor of Ophthalmology at Mass Eye and Ear where he is Director of the Glaucoma Service and co-Director of the Harvard Glaucoma Center of Excellence. His has produced seminal work demonstrating that systemic endothelial cell dysfunction contributes to the pathogenesis of primary open-angle glaucoma. His research interest centers on the discovery of gene-environment interactions in the open-angle glaucomas.
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Dr. Martha E. Shenton is Professor of Psychiatry and Radiology, and Director of the Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She is also a Health Scientist at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Her laboratory has pioneered in development of neuroimaging tools to understand brain alterations in disorders such as schizophrenia, traumatic brain injury – including sports-related brain trauma – posttraumatic stress disorder, William’s syndrome, and Velocardiofacial Syndrome. She received her A.B. degree in Psychology from Wellesley College and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University.
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Christine Baugh graduated from Harvard College (2010) and from BU School of Public Health (2012). She previously served as the BU CTE Center’s Clinical Research and Program Coordinator and as a Research Instructor in BU School of Medicine's Department of Neurology. Christine is pursuing her PhD in Health Policy at Harvard University. She is continuing her concussion-related research as an NCAA Graduate Student Grant Award Recipient, a Graduate Student Researcher in the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, and a member of the Health Policy Data Science Lab.
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Ms. Bourlas completed her undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University and her Master’s degree at Boston University. Her Master’s thesis examining the effect of age of first exposure on later-life mood, behavior, and executive function was completed at the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center under the supervision of Dr. Robert Stern. She is currently a medical student at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.
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James is an undergraduate Biochemistry major at University of Massachusetts Boston. He’s a non-traditional student, and veteran of the U.S. Air Force. During his enlistment he worked as an intelligence analyst and has supported military operations around the globe including Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, counter narcotics operations in South America, and special operations units in the Middle East and Africa. James developed an interest in neuroscience from witnessing the impact of PTSD in troops returning from warzones.
Dan Daneshvar completed the degree requirements for a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience in 2013, en route to M.D./Ph.D. dual degrees expected in 2016. He received a Bachelor of Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Brain and Cognitive Sciences with Concentrations in Cognitive Neuroscience and Poetry. He joined the CTE Center at Boston University School of Medicine in January 2009.
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Nate joined the CTE Center team in June, 2012, after graduating from Bowdoin College. At Bowdoin, Nate earned a B.A. in biology while playing four years of NCAA Division III lacrosse and singing in a collegiate a cappella group. As a Research Assistant, and later Research Coordinator, he directed the CTE Center’s DETECT Study through May of 2015. Nate is now a member of the class of 2019 at the Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine.
Kristin Galetta completed her undergraduate degree at Barnard College in 2008 and earned her medical school degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 2015. She worked at the CTE center during the summer of 2014 as an intern investigating the use of visual tests in CTE and Alzheimer’s disease. She is now a resident in the Partner’s Neurology Program at Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals.
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Danielle graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University in 2014 with a B.S. in biopsychology and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She had completed 1.5 years of undergraduate research experience when she joined the BU CTE Center. Danielle is currently in medical school at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine as a member of the Class of 2019.
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Sarah earned a B.S. in Health Science from Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. In 2014 she interned at the World Health Organization while studying abroad in Geneva, Switzerland, and she joined the CTE Center in January 2015 shortly after returning to the US. Currently, she is pursuing an MPH from the BU School of Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology.
Dr. Jennifer C. Hunter is an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Hunter has 10 years of public health experience working in government and academic settings. At CDC, Dr. Hunter's work has focused on the prevention of and response to emerging infectious diseases, including Ebola virus disease, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV), and antimicrobial resistant infections. She received a doctorate in public health from the University of California, Berkeley and earned an MPH at Boston University School of Public Health.
Kait first joined the CTE Center as a graduate research intern with Christine Baugh while completing her MPH at Boston University. Kait then began working full time as the LEGEND Study Coordinator, while also assisting with the DETECT study, managing the CTE Center intern program and other various side projects. After completing her MPH in May, she has since moved back to her alma mater, The University of Kansas. Kait is still involved in projects at the CTE Center, both clinical and legislative. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!
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Cliff Robbins began his work in concussion and CTE with Dr. Stern as the study coordinator for the LEGEND program and the Brain Donation Registry. He has authored and co-authored several publications with the BU CTE center team on CTE and repetitive brain trauma. He currently manages educational and research programs for the Concussion Legacy Foundation, where he regularly speaks around the world about the long term consequences of repetitive brain trauma and proper concussion management.
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Dr. Solomon completed his bachelor’s degree at St. Lawrence University and earned his PhD from New York University in the Department of Applied Psychology with a specialty in Clinical Neuropsychology. He completed his clinical internship at The Memory Clinic with a specialty in the neuropsychology of aging and dementia. In 2013, he joined the department of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine as a postdoctoral fellow in clinical neuropsychology. He serves as an investigator at BU's Alzheimer’s Disease Center and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center.
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Dr. Stamm earned her Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology from the Boston University School of Medicine in 2015 under the mentorship of Drs. Robert Stern and Martha Shenton. She was the recipient of an NIH NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship award in 2012. Her dissertation work examined the later-life neuropsychological and structural consequences of incurring repeated head impacts through tackle football during a critical neurodevelopmental period prior to age 12 as well as diffusion tensor imaging in former NFL players at high risk for having CTE. Dr. Stamm is currently conducting concussion research as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Radiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Megan Wulff worked at Boston University School of Medicine from 2006 to 2010, during which time she managed clinical research studies on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Alzheimer’s disease, coordinated brain donation for the Boston University CTE Center, and completed an MPH in Health Law. She left Boston University to attend Yale Law School and pursue a career in health law. She is currently Senior Manager for Market Performance at the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission and a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.
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Dr. Damman graduated in 2008 with a degree in neuropsychology. In the same year she began working as a neuropsychologist in a nursing home, where she worked with patients who were recovering from a stroke or suffering from Alzheimer's disease, other causes of dementia, Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and cancer. In 2013 she finished her postdoc in psychology, and since 2014 she has run her own practice.
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Sam Neveu is a senior studying Neuroscience at Boston University. He joined the CTE Center as a LEGEND intern in August 2015. Originally from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Sam enjoys biking, skiing and playing the saxophone. His research interests include determining the specific risk factors for CTE and the use of biomarkers to help diagnose the disease.
Hanaan Bing-Canar graduated from Haverford College in 2015 with a major in psychology and a minor in neuroscience. While at Haverford, Hanaan had the experience of working in cognitive psychology, social psychology, and cognitive neuroscience labs, as well as completing a year-long thesis examining the effects of mindfulness meditation on the brain's response to performance errors. Hanaan is currently applying to graduate programs.
Kim is a graduate of Connecticut College, where she majored in psychology. After graduation, Kim worked as a psychometrician, where she was first exposed to neuropsychology and diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. Kim is currently a research assistant/psychometrician at the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center, where she works on the HOPE Study. Kim is currently attending a doctoral program in clinical psychology. She enjoys cooking, running, and spending time with family and friends.
Diane Essis completed her Bachelors of Art in Biological Sciences with a Cellular and Molecular Concentration at Connecticut College in 2012 and her Master of Science in Management with a Concentration in Eldercare Administration at Lasell College in 2013. Diane joined the ADC in August of 2013, serving as a member of the ADC Clinical Core where she was in charge of research recruitment and retention across all BU ADC research studies and clinical trials. She also helped create the bi-annual newsletter and worked closely with the ADC Education Core to promote Alzheimer’s disease outreach and education. Diane is currently attending Wayne State University School of Medicine.
John Hayden graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in 2014 from Vassar College, where he conducted research in a neuroendocrinology lab. John’s undergraduate research focused on the impact of hormone therapy on behavioral recovery following traumatic brain injury. He received his Master of Medical Sciences at Boston University School of Medicine in 2016. He is currently attending Boston University School of Medicine as a first year medical student.
Johnny Jarnagin served in the United States Army from 2007 to 2011 as a Combat Medic. He served in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2009-2010. He is currently attending The University of Massachusetts Boston, where he will be receiving a B.S. in Psychology in December 2015. He joined the CTE Center in November 2014. Johnny is currently attending University of Massachusetts School of Medicine.
Brian is a 2014 graduate of Boston University’s Questrom School of Business and is currently working in the Office of Financial and Grants Administration at the Boston University School of Medicine, an office that specializes in post award financial management of federal and non-federal research funding. Along with managing Dr. Stern’s grants, Brian works with principal investigators in the departments of Neurology and Ophthalmology. During his time at the Questrom, Brian concentrated in Organizational Behavior and Business Law. Outside of work, Brian is an avid Boston sports fan and enjoys writing and performing music. Brian is currently working towards his MBA and has recently started a new position as a Financial Analyst at Harvard Medical School.
Originally from Washington, DC, Ben Coleman is a senior in the undergraduate neuroscience program and Kilachand Honors College at Boston University. As a member of the Brain Plasticity and Neuroimaging Lab at BUMC, he started collaborating with BU’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center in December 2014. His research interests include subjective cognitive complaints in healthy older adults and early detection methods for Alzheimer’s disease. He also studies history, sings in Boston University’s Marsh Chapel Choir, and is an avid swimmer, biker, and runner.
Steven graduated from the Boston University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program in 2016. Prior to that, he obtained a Master of Science degree from the University of South Florida. He also completed his undergraduate studies at BU where he majored in human physiology. His interests include sports and hiking.
Saba is a first year student in the Behavioral Neuroscience Ph.D. program at the Boston University School of Medicine. Saba completed her undergraduate training at Case Western Reserve University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in cognitive science and psychology. She then completed her Master of Arts in psychology at New York University, focusing on neuropsychological and rehabilitative clinical research in focal lesion, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury populations. Saba joined the CTE Center at Boston University in September 2015. She hopes to focus her doctoral research on the development of biomarkers and other diagnostic criteria to detect CTE during life.
Alyssa Schmitt attended Clemson University for the southern football experience and for her undergraduate degree in Psychology. Alyssa is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Anatomy and Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine. She joined the CTE Center to write her thesis on the risks factors of weight gain/loss on cognitive functioning among NFL players. She suffers from chronic wanderlust and is always planning her next adventure!
Clara is investigating systemic microvascular abnormalities in Alzheimer’s disease as well as mild cognitive impairment in a collaboration between Boston University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI). She is a research assistant/ study coordinator at MEEI and uses nailfold video capillaroscopy to evaluate nailfold capillary morphology in glaucoma.
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