Robert Stern, PhD
Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Anatomy & Neurobiology
Director, Alzheimer’s Disease Center Clinical Core
Director of Clinical Research, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center
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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
r (one of only 27 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).
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 was 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, Nuerosurgery, and Neurobiology, in 2014 . Dr. Stern and his wife, Susan Ryerson, live in Needham, MA and have four children.
Selected Recent Publications Curriculum Vitae
Baugh, C.M., Kiernan, P.T., Kroshus, E., Daneshvar, D.H., Montenigro, P.H., McKee, A.C., & Stern, R.A. (2015). Frequency of head impact related outcomes by position in NCAA Division I collegiate football players. Journal of Neurotrauma, 32, 314-26
Koerte, I.K., Lin, A.P., Muehlmann, M., Merugumala, S., Liao, H., Starr, T., Kaufmann, D., Mayinger, M., Steffinger, D., Fisch, B., Karch, S., Heinen, F., Ertl-Wagner, B., Reiser, M., Stern, R.A., Zafonte, R., & Shenton, M.E. (2015). Altered neurochemistry in former professional soccer players without a history of concussion. Journal of Neurotrauma. May 14, 2015. [Epub ahead of print]
Lin, A.P., Ramadan, S., Stern, R.A., Box, H.C., Nowinski, C.J., Ross, B.D., & Mountford, C.E. (2015). Changes in the neurochemistry of athletes with repetitive brain trauma: Preliminary results using 2D correlated spectroscopy. Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy. 7(1):13. doi: 10.1186/s13195-015-0094-5 PMID: 25780390, PMCID: PMC4361214
Riley, D.O., Robbins, C.A., Cantu, R.C., & Stern, R.A. (2015). Chronic traumatic encephalopathy: Contributions from the Boston University Centre for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. Brain Injury, 29, 154-163.
Stamm, J.M., Bourlas, A.P., Baugh, C.M., Fritts, N.G., Daneshvar, D.H., Martin, B.M., McClean, M.D., Tripodis, Y., & Stern, R.A. (2015). Age of first exposure to football and later-life cognitive impairment in former NFL players. Neurology, ePub ahead of publication, PMID: 25632088.
Stein, T.D., Montenigro, P.H., Alvarez, V.E., Xia, W., Crary, J.F., Tripodis, Y., Daneshvar, D.H., Mez, J., Solomon, T., Meng, G., Kubilus, C.A., Cormier, K.A., Meng, S., Babcock, K., Kiernan, P., Murphy, L., Nowinski, C.J., Martin, B., Dixon, D., Stern, R.A., Cantu, R.C., Kowall, N.W., & McKee, A.C. (2015). Beta-amyloid Deposition in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Acta Neuropathologica. May 6, 2015. [Epub ahead of print], PMID: 25943889
Wang, L., Naj, A.C., Graham, R.R., … Schellenberg, G.D… Stern, R.A., …Yu, L. (2015). Rarity of the Alzheimer Disease–Protective APP A673T Variant in the United States. JAMA Neurology, 72, 209-216.
Zhu, H., Wang, X., Wallack, M., Li, H., Carreras, I., Dedeoglu, A., Hur, J.Y., Zheng, H., Li, H., Find, R., Mwamburi, M., Sun, X., Kowall, N., Stern, R.A. & Qiu, W.Q. (2015). Intraperitoneal injection of the pancreatic peptide amylin potently reduces behavioral impairment and brain amyloid pathology in murine models of Alzheimer’s disease. Molecular Psychiatry, 20, 252-62.
Feke, G.T., Hyman, B.T., Stern, R.A., & Pasquale, L.R. (in press). Retinal blood flow in mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring.
Qiu, W.Q., Lai, A., Mon, T., Mwamburi, D.M., Taylor, W., Rosenzweig, J., Kowall, N., Stern, R.A., Zhu, H., & Steffens, D.C. (in press). Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors and Alzheimer’s disease in the Presence of Apolipoprotein E4 Allele. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
Koerte, I.K., Hufschmidt, J., Muehlmann, M., Tripodis, Y., Stamm, J.M., Giwerc, M.Y., Coleman, M.J., Baugh, C.M., Fritts, N.G., Heinen, F., Lin, A., Stern, R.A.*, Shenton, M.E.* (under review) Cavum septi pellucidi in symptomatic former professional football players. Journal of Neurotrauma.
Stamm, J.M., Koerte, I.K., Muehlmann, M., Bourlas, A.P., Baugh, C.M., Giwerc, M.Y., Zhu, A., Coleman, M., Fritts, N.G., Martin, B.M., Chaisson, C., McClean, M.D., Lin, A.P., Tripodis,Y., Shenton, M.E.,* & Stern, R.A.* (under review). Age at first exposure to football is associated with altered corpus callosum white matter microstructure in former professional football players. Journal of Neurotrauma.