Karin Schon, PhD

Karin Schon, PhD received a joint B.A./M.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Hamburg in Germany in 1998, and her Ph.D. from the Department of Psychology at Boston University in 2005. Her dissertation focused on functional neuroimaging studies of working memory and long-term memory formation under the mentorship of Prof. Chantal Stern. She then continued her work with Prof. Stern as a Postdoc. In 2010 she received a Pathway to Independence Career Development Award from the National Institute on Aging to investigate the effects or cardio-respiratory fitness and exercise on the function and structure of the medial temporal lobe memory system. In May 2013 she joined the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology at the Boston University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor.

Dr. Schon’s research interests currently focus on investigating the role of aerobic exercise as a modulator of cognitive function and brain health in aging and Alzheimer’s disease in humans. She uses functional and structural MRI, behavioral and exercise physiology methods, and biomarker assays. In addition to her Career Development Award from the National Institute on Aging that she received in 2010, Dr. Schon was awarded the Kavita Jain Dissertation Award for best dissertation at the Department of Psychology at Boston University and a Felicia Sorembe Lambros Prize for Research from Boston University in 2005. Dr. Schon is a 2013 CCAD Junior Investigator of the Charleston Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease. She is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and the International Neuropsychological Society. Additional research topics include: Cognitive neuroimaging of human memory, brain plasticity, medial temporal lobe memory system, exercise neuroscience, and healthy aging, using a variety of methods including cognitive testing, neuropsychology, functional and structural MRI, high-resolution fMRI, exercise testing and training, and biomarker assays (e.g. neurotrophins, such as BDNF, IGF-1, and VEGF).ADC Role. In addition to her Career Development Award from the National Institute on Aging that she received in 2010, Dr. Schon was awarded the Kavita Jain Dissertation Award for best dissertation at the Department of Psychology at Boston University and a Felicia Sorembe Lambros Prize for Research from Boston University in 2005. Dr. Schon is a 2013 CCAD Junior Investigator of the Charleston Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease. She is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and the International Neuropsychological Society.

2015 Boston University: UROP Outstanding Mentor Award, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
2015 Boston University School of Medicine: Junior Faculty Spivack Scholar 2015
2013 CCAD Junior Investigator, Charleston Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease
2010 NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)
2005 Boston University: Felicia Sorembe Lambros Prize for Research
2005 Boston University: Kavita Jain Dissertation Award


Perceived racism as a chronic stressor and cognition in Black Seniors
03/01/2018 - 02/28/2021 (PI)
Alzheimer's Association

The entorhinal cortex and aerobic exericise in aging
08/15/2016 - 05/31/2019 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging
5R21AG049968-02

Effectiveness of Bio-Electric Stimulation for the Treatment of Motor and Non-Motor Symptoms in Parkinson's Disease - A pilot study
01/20/2017 - 01/19/2019 (PI)
Immumax International Co Ltd.


Aerobic Exercise, Neurotrophins, and fMRI of Hippocampal Function and Structure
04/01/2013 - 03/31/2018 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging
5R00AG036845-05

AEROBIC EXERCISE, NEUROTROPHINS, AND fMRI OF HIPPOCAMPAL FUNCTION AND STRUCTURE
09/30/2010 - 12/31/2012 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging
5K99AG036845-02



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  1. Whiteman AS, Young DE, Budson AE, Stern CE, Schon K. Entorhinal volume, aerobic fitness, and recognition memory in healthy young adults: A voxel-based morphometry study. Neuroimage. 2016 Feb 01; 126:229-38.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26631814; PMCID: PMC4733633; DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.11.049;.
     
  2. Nauer RK, Whiteman AS, Dunne MF, Stern CE, Schon K. Hippocampal subfield and medial temporal cortical persistent activity during working memory reflects ongoing encoding. Front Syst Neurosci. 2015; 9:30. PMID: 25859188; DOI: 10.3389/fnsys.2015.00030;.
     
  3. Schon K, Newmark RE, Ross RS, Stern CE. A Working Memory Buffer in Parahippocampal Regions: Evidence from a Load Effect during the Delay Period. Cereb Cortex. 2016 May; 26(5):1965-74. PMID: 25662713; PMCID: PMC4830282; DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bhv013;.
     
  4. Ross RS, LoPresti ML, Schon K, Stern CE. Role of the hippocampus and orbitofrontal cortex during the disambiguation of social cues in working memory. Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci. 2013 Dec; 13(4):900-15. PMID: 23640112; PMCID: PMC3796192; DOI: 10.3758/s13415-013-0170-x;.
     
  5. Whiteman AS, Young DE, He X, Chen TC, Wagenaar RC, Stern CE, Schon K. Interaction between serum BDNF and aerobic fitness predicts recognition memory in healthy young adults. Behav Brain Res. 2014 Feb 1; 259:302-12.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24269495; PMCID: PMC3991014; DOI: 10.1016/j.bbr.2013.11.023;.
     
  6. Newmark RE, Schon K, Ross RS, Stern CE. Contributions of the hippocampal subfields and entorhinal cortex to disambiguation during working memory. Hippocampus. 2013 Jun; 23(6):467-75. PMID: 23504938; DOI: 10.1002/hipo.22106;.
     
  7. Schon K, Ross RS, Hasselmo ME, Stern CE. Complementary roles of medial temporal lobes and mid-dorsolateral prefrontal cortex for working memory for novel and familiar trial-unique visual stimuli. Eur J Neurosci. 2013 Feb; 37(4):668-78. PMID: 23167976; DOI: 10.1111/ejn.12062;.
     
  8. Schon K, Quiroz YT, Hasselmo ME, Stern CE. Greater working memory load results in greater medial temporal activity at retrieval. Cereb Cortex. 2009 Nov; 19(11):2561-71. PMID: 19224975; PMCID: PMC2758675; DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bhp006;.
     
  9. LoPresti ML, Schon K, Tricarico MD, Swisher JD, Celone KA, Stern CE. Working memory for social cues recruits orbitofrontal cortex and amygdala: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study of delayed matching to sample for emotional expressions. J Neurosci. 2008 Apr 2; 28(14):3718-28. PMID: 18385330; PMCID: PMC2748754; DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0464-08.2008;.
     
  10. Schon K, Tinaz S, Somers DC, Stern CE. Delayed match to object or place: an event-related fMRI study of short-term stimulus maintenance and the role of stimulus pre-exposure. Neuroimage. 2008 Jan 15; 39(2):857-72. PMID: 17950623; PMCID: PMC2147068.
     
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My lab is always looking for mentees at the undergraduate and graduate student level who would like to gain research experience in human neuroimaging. I am also happy to serve on Senior thesis and dissertation committees that are generally related to my area of expertise. In addition, I would be happy to serve on Career Panels on STEM research, especially those geared toward women in STEM.

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