Robert A. Stern, PhD
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Neurology

PhD, University of Rhode Island
MA, University of Rhode Island

I am Co-Founder and Director of Clinical Research for the Boston University (BU) Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Center. A major focus of my current research is on the long-term consequences of repetitive head impacts, including the neuropathological, risk factors (e.g., genetic and head impact exposure), neuroimaging, biomarker development, and clinical diagnosis and descriptions of the neurodegenerative disease, CTE. I am currently lead PI of an NINDS-funded, 7-year, multicenter project examining these issues. From 2010-2019, I was the Clinical Core Director of the NIA-funded BU Alzheimer’s Disease Center (BU ADC); I remain a Senior Investigator for the BU ADC. In these roles, I have been honored to oversee a multidisciplinary group of talented scientists and clinicians and direct the center’s longitudinal research registry, as well as several NIH- and industry-funded diagnostic, prevention, and treatment trials. Other areas of my research program include the diagnosis, risk factors, and treatment of cognitive decline and neuropsychiatric dysfunction in aging. I have also published extensively on the psychometric properties of many widely used tests in neuropsychology, as well as the use of various instruments and biomarkers in the differential diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and AD Related Dementias (ADRD). In addition, I have developed several commonly used tests and instruments, including the Neuropsychological Assessment Battery (NAB). I have had leadership positions in several training programs, have mentored over 40 trainees, and play a key role in the professional development of junior faculty in the BU School of Medicine (BUSM).

Boston University School of Medicine
Anatomy & Neurobiology

Boston University School of Medicine

Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

Director of Clinical Research
Boston University School of Medicine
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center

2019 Boston University School of Medicine: Jack Spivack 2019 Distinguished Neuroscientist Award
2016 University of Alabama: Visiting Professor Lecture
2016 Boston University School of Medicine: Faculty Research Award
2016 Ranked #7 in USA Today’s “Top 100 Important NFL People”
2016 Ranked #57 in Sports Illustrated’s MMQB 100
2014 Mayo Clinic: Visiting Speaker
2008 Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH Chapter: National Research Award
2001 American Neuropsychiatric Association: Fellow
2001 National Academy of Neuropsychology: Fellow
1999 Brown Medicine School: Outstanding Teaching Award in Psychology
1997 Brown University: Master of Arts ad eundem
1997 National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia & Depression (NARSAD): Independent Investigator Award
1988 Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society: Inductee
1984 Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology: Inductee
1980 Wesleyan University: Heideman Award (for Community Service)

Protocol #CNP520A2202J, A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of CNP520 in participants at risk for the onset of clinical symptoms of
05/01/2018 - 04/30/2025 (PI)
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Protocol #API015A2201J, A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, two cohort parallel group study to evaluate the efficacy of CAD106 and CNP520 in participants at risk for the onset of clinical
02/01/2018 - 08/31/2024 (PI)
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Metformin in Alzheimers dementia Prevention (MAP)
08/15/2019 - 04/30/2024 (Subcontract PI)
Trustees Of Columbia University In The City Of New York NIH NIA

BAN2401-G000-301 A Placebo-Controlled, double Blind, parallel-group, bayseian adaptive randomization design and dose regimen finding study to evaluate safety and tolerability
12/02/2019 - 12/02/2022 (PI)
Eisai, Inc

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: Detection, Diagnosis, Course, and Risk Factors
12/15/2015 - 11/30/2022 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke

Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation--Research Contract
05/01/2019 - 05/01/2020 (PI)
Novartis Institute for Functional Genomics, Inc., dba the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation

Registry of Amyloid Positive Patients for Alzheimer's Disease Drug Research Trials ("RAmP" or 18F-AV-45-A25)
03/20/2017 - 03/19/2020 (PI)
Avid Radiopharmaceuticals, Inc.

Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer's Disease (A4) Open-Label Extension Study
05/15/2019 - 02/29/2020 (Subcontract PI)
University of Southern California NIH NIA

Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study - A4 Study
12/01/2015 - 02/29/2020 (Subcontract PI)
University of Southern California NIH NIA

Tau PET Imaging for the USC Alzheimer's Therapeutic Research Institute (USC ATRI) A4 Trial (“A4 TAU”)
10/01/2016 - 12/31/2019 (Subcontract PI)
University of Southern California Fundation for NIH

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2020 Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: Detection, Diagnosis, Course, and Risk Factors 5U01NS093334-05 24
2019 Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: Detection, Diagnosis, Course, and Risk Factors 3U01NS093334-04S1 24
2019 Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: Detection, Diagnosis, Course, and Risk Factors 5U01NS093334-04 24
2019 Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: Detection, Diagnosis, Course, and Risk Factors 5U01NS093334-04 24
2019 Core B: Clinical Core 5P30AG013846-23-6895 874
2018 Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: Detection, Diagnosis, Course, and Risk Factors 5U01NS093334-03 24
2018 Core B: Clinical Core 5P30AG013846-22-6895 874
2017 Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: Detection, Diagnosis, Course, and Risk Factors 5U01NS093334-02 24
2017 Core B: Clinical Core 2P30AG013846-21-6895 874
2016 Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: Detection, Diagnosis, Course, and Risk Factors 1U01NS093334-01 24
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  1. Phelps A, Mez J, Stern RA, Alosco ML. Risk Factors for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: A Proposed Framework. Semin Neurol. 2020 Jul 16.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32674182
  2. Alosco ML, Tripodis Y, Baucom ZH, Mez J, Stein TD, Martin B, Haller O, Conneely S, McClean M, Nosheny R, Mackin S, McKee AC, Weiner MW, Stern RA. The Late Contributions of Repetitive Head Impacts and TBI to Depression Symptoms and Cognition. Neurology. 2020 Jun 26.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32591472; DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000010040;
  3. Sugarman MA, Zetterberg H, Blennow K, Tripodis Y, McKee AC, Stein TD, Martin B, Palmisano JN, Steinberg EG, Simkin I, Budson AE, Killiany R, O'Connor MK, Au R, Qiu WWQ, Goldstein LE, Kowall NW, Mez J, Stern RA, Alosco ML. A longitudinal examination of plasma neurofilament light and total tau for the clinical detection and monitoring of Alzheimer's disease. Neurobiol Aging. 2020 May 29; 94:60-70.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32585491; DOI: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2020.05.011;
  4. Campbell J, Howland J, Hess C, Nelson K, Stern RA, Torres A, Olshaker J. Disparities in baseline neurocognitive testing for student concussion management in Massachusetts high schools. BMJ Open Sport Exerc Med. 2020; 6(1):e000752.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32537243
  5. Alosco ML, Tripodis Y, Koerte IK, Jackson JD, Chua AS, Mariani M, Haller O, Foley ÉM, Martin BM, Palmisano J, Singh B, Green K, Lepage C, Muehlmann M, Makris N, Cantu RC, Lin AP, Coleman M, Pasternak O, Mez J, Bouix S, Shenton ME, Stern RA. Interactive Effects of Racial Identity and Repetitive Head Impacts on Cognitive Function, Structural MRI-Derived Volumetric Measures, and Cerebrospinal Fluid Tau and Aß. Front Hum Neurosci. 2019; 13:440.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31920598
  6. Wessels AM, Tariot PN, Zimmer JA, Selzler KJ, Bragg SM, Andersen SW, Landry J, Krull JH, Downing AM, Willis BA, Shcherbinin S, Mullen J, Barker P, Schumi J, Shering C, Matthews BR, Stern RA, Vellas B, Cohen S, MacSweeney E, Boada M, Sims JR. Efficacy and Safety of Lanabecestat for Treatment of Early and Mild Alzheimer Disease: The AMARANTH and DAYBREAK-ALZ Randomized Clinical Trials. JAMA Neurol. 2019 Nov 25. PMID: 31764959
  7. Mez J, Daneshvar DH, Abdolmohammadi B, Chua AS, Alosco ML, Kiernan PT, Evers L, Marshall L, Martin BM, Palmisano JN, Nowinski CJ, Mahar I, Cherry JD, Alvarez VE, Dwyer B, Huber BR, Stein TD, Goldstein LE, Katz DI, Cantu RC, Au R, Kowall NW, Stern RA, McClean MD, Weuve J, Tripodis Y, McKee AC. Duration of American Football Play and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Ann Neurol. 2020 01; 87(1):116-131.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31589352; DOI: 10.1002/ana.25611;
  8. Stern RA. Soccer and Mortality - Good News and Bad News. N Engl J Med. 2019 11 07; 381(19):1862-1863. PMID: 31633893
  9. Muraoka S, Jedrychowski MP, Tatebe H, DeLeo AM, Ikezu S, Tokuda T, Gygi SP, Stern RA, Ikezu T. Proteomic Profiling of Extracellular Vesicles Isolated From Cerebrospinal Fluid of Former National Football League Players at Risk for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Front Neurosci. 2019; 13:1059.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31649498
  10. Carroll JE, Small BJ, Tometich DB, Zhai W, Zhou X, Luta G, Ahles TA, Saykin AJ, Nudelman KNH, Clapp JD, Jim HS, Jacobsen PB, Hurria A, Graham D, McDonald BC, Denduluri N, Extermann M, Isaacs C, Dilawari AA, Root J, Stern RA, Mandelblatt JS. Sleep disturbance and neurocognitive outcomes in older patients with breast cancer: Interaction with genotype. Cancer. 2019 12 15; 125(24):4516-4524. PMID: 31553501
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Bar chart showing 197 publications over 34 distinct years, with a maximum of 21 publications in 2018


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