SPH Research Day
November 13, 2013
Noon to 4 p.m.
On November 13, the School will hold its Second Annual SPH Research Day, featuring examples of the first-rate research and scholarship being conducted by students, postdoctoral fellows, research staff, and junior faculty.
Research Day Overview
Research and scholarship are central to the mission of the School of Public Health and occur in multiple areas, including risk assessment and tracking, health behavior change, environmental protection, and health policy. All departments contribute to this part of the mission. We want to celebrate our successes and support our junior colleagues with the Second Annual SPH Research Day, which will include a keynote speaker on a topic of interest to faculty around the School, posters from trainees and junior faculty, and awards given for best posters in each category.
The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on November 13, 2013 in the Hiebert Student Lounge. Light refreshments will be served during the poster viewing and awards presentation.
Posters featuring the diversity and excellence of research conducted by SPH trainees and faculty will be featured in a poster session after the keynote address. Research can be on any topic relevant to public health.
Who is eligible for poster submissions?
Eligible individuals include all students in good standing at SPH in any program (MPH, MS, PhD, DrPH), postdoctoral fellows, staff, and faculty up to three years of their first faculty appointment date. Student and research staff poster submissions require a SPH faculty partner on the abstract. Eligible scholars could submit their abstracts for dual presentation at APHA or other recent conferences.
Submit your poster’s title, authors, and an abstract of 200 words or less by October 25, 2013.
Awards for poster submissions
Awards will be given for best poster in each of the trainee and junior faculty categories. For more information about poster submission and eligibility, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy: Public health consequences of repetitive brain trauma in sports
Robert A. Stern, PhD
Professor of Neurology & Neurosurgery at BU’s School of Medicine
Director, Clinical Core, BU Alzheimer’s Disease Center
Co-Director, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy
Dr. Robert Stern is Professor of Neurology & Neurosurgery at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), where he was also co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CSTE) as well as director of the Clinical Core of the BU Alzheimer’s Disease Center, one of only 30 such 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 and the military, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). He recently received a grant from NIH to fund his work on developing methods of detecting and diagnosing CTE during life; this was the first grant for CTE ever funded by NIH (co-funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the National Institute on Aging, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development). Dr. Stern oversees all aspects of clinical research at the CSTE, including the Brain Donation Registry, the LEGEND study, and the DETECT study.
Dr. Stern’s other areas of funded research include thyroid-brain relationships (funded by the National Institute of Mental Health), the cognitive effects of chemotherapy in the elderly (funded by the National Cancer Institute, with colleagues at Georgetown and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute), driving and dementia (funded by the Alzheimer’s Association), and the assessment and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. He is the principal investigator at BUSM for several clinical trials of new drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Anti-inflammatory Prevention Trial (ADAPT).
Dr. Stern, a neuropsychologist, has published on various aspects of cognitive assessment and is the senior author of many widely used neuropsychological tests and instruments, including the Neuropsychological Assessment Battery (NAB). He has received several NIH and other national and local grants, has published over 200 journal articles, chapters, and abstracts, and is a Fellow of both the American Neuropsychiatric Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. Stern is a member of the Mackey-White Traumatic Brain Injury Committee of the National Football League Players Association. He is also a member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and is on the Medical Advisory Boards of Sports Legacy Institute and the National Graves’ Disease Foundation. Dr. Stern has served on several national grant review committees and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, Frontiers in Neurotrauma, and Frontiers in Sports Neurology.