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

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



As the Clinical Core Director of the NIA-funded Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center (BU ADC), I 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. The major focus of my current research is on the long-term effects of repetitive head impacts in athletes, including the neuropathological, risk factors (genetic and head impact exposure), neuroimaging, biomarker development, and clinical diagnosis and descriptions of the neurodegenerative disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Recently, my study in Nature’s Translational Psychiatry found an association between participation in youth tackle football before age 12 and impaired mood and behavior later in life.

Other areas of my current and recent 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 neurodegenerative disease. 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) Neurology Department.

Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Anatomy & Neurobiology


Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Neurosurgery


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


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


Active Staff Privileges
Boston Medical Center
Neurology



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

CHRONIC TRAUMATIC ENCEPHALOPATHY: DETECTION, DIAGNOSIS, COURSE, AND RISK FACTORS
12/15/2015 - 11/30/2022 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke
5U01NS093334-03

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.

ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE COOPERATIVE STUDY - A4 STUDY
12/01/2015 - 02/28/2019 (PI)
University of Southern California NIH NIA
4U19AG010483-26

TAU PET IMAGING FOR THE USC ALZHEIMER'S THERAPEUTIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE (USC ATRI) A4 TRIAL ( A4 TAU )
10/01/2016 - 12/31/2018 (PI)
University of Southern California Fundation for NIH

A PLACEBO-CONTROLLED, DOUBLE-BLIND, PARALLEL-GROUP, BAYESIAN ADAPTIVE RANDOMIZATION DESIGN AND DOSE REGIMEN-FINDING STUDY TO EVALUATE THE SAFETY TOLERABILITY AND EFFICACY OF BAN2401 IN SUBJECTS WITH
02/01/2013 - 12/31/2018 (PI)
Eisai, Inc

ANTI-AMYLOID TREATMENT IN ASYMPTOMATIC ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE (A4 STUDY)
12/11/2015 - 12/10/2018 (PI)
University of Southern California Eli Lilly and Co

LONGITUDINAL EVALUATION OF AMYLOID RISK AND NEURODEGENERATION - THE LEARN STUDY
11/01/2015 - 10/31/2018 (PI)
University of Southern California Alzheimer's Assoc

AN OPEN LABEL, MULTICENTER STUDY EVALUATING THE IMAGING CHARACTERISTICS OF A FOLLOW UP F-AV-1451 SCAN IN SUBJECTS THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE CONFIRMATORY COHORT OF FV-AV-1451-A05
09/29/2016 - 09/28/2018 (PI)
Avid Radiopharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2018 Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: Detection, Diagnosis, Course, and Risk Factors 5U01NS093334-03 1
2018 Core B: Clinical Core 5P30AG013846-22-6895 428
2017 Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: Detection, Diagnosis, Course, and Risk Factors 5U01NS093334-02 1
2017 Core B: Clinical Core 2P30AG013846-21-6895 428
2016 Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: Detection, Diagnosis, Course, and Risk Factors 1U01NS093334-01 1
2013 Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: Clinical Presentation and Biomarkers 5R01NS078337-03 19
2013 OLDER BREAST CANCER PATIENTS: RISK FOR COGNITIVE DECLINE 5R01CA129769-05 28
2012 Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: Clinical Presentation and Biomarkers 5R01NS078337-02 19
2012 OLDER BREAST CANCER PATIENTS: RISK FOR COGNITIVE DECLINE 5R01CA129769-04 28
2012 Subclinical Hypothyroidism: Mood, Cognition and the effect of L-thyroxine treatme 5R01MH080295-05 24
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  1. Clapp JD, Luta G, Small BJ, Ahles TA, Root JC, Graham D, Hurria A, Jacobsen PB, Jim H, McDonald BC, Stern RA, Saykin AJ, Mandelblatt JS. The Impact of Using Different Reference Populations on Measurement of Breast Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment Rates. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2018 Dec 01; 33(8):956-963. PMID: 29471454.
     
  2. Cherry JD, Mez J, Crary JF, Tripodis Y, Alvarez VE, Mahar I, Huber BR, Alosco ML, Nicks R, Abdolmohammadi B, Kiernan PT, Evers L, Svirsky S, Babcock K, Gardner HM, Meng G, Nowinski CJ, Martin BM, Dwyer B, Kowall NW, Cantu RC, Goldstein LE, Katz DI, Stern RA, Farrer LA, McKee AC, Stein TD. Variation in TMEM106B in chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Acta Neuropathol Commun. 2018 Nov 04; 6(1):115.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30390709.
     
  3. Mandelblatt JS, Small BJ, Luta G, Hurria A, Jim H, McDonald BC, Graham D, Zhou X, Clapp J, Zhai W, Breen E, Carroll JE, Denduluri N, Dilawari A, Extermann M, Isaacs C, Jacobsen PB, Kobayashi LC, Holohan Nudelman K, Root J, Stern RA, Tometich D, Turner R, VanMeter JW, Saykin AJ, Ahles T. Cancer-Related Cognitive Outcomes Among Older Breast Cancer Survivors in the Thinking and Living With Cancer Study. J Clin Oncol. 2018 Oct 03; JCO1800140. PMID: 30281396.
     
  4. Adams JW, Alvarez VE, Mez J, Huber BR, Tripodis Y, Xia W, Meng G, Kubilus CA, Cormier K, Kiernan PT, Daneshvar DH, Chua AS, Svirsky S, Nicks R, Abdolmohammadi B, Evers L, Solomon TM, Cherry JD, Aytan N, Mahar I, Devine S, Auerbach S, Alosco ML, Nowinski CJ, Kowall NW, Goldstein LE, Dwyer B, Katz DI, Cantu RC, Stern RA, Au R, McKee AC, Stein TD. Lewy Body Pathology and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Associated With Contact Sports. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2018 Sep 01; 77(9):757-768.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30053297.
     
  5. Ashendorf L, Alosco ML, Bing-Canar H, Chapman KR, Martin B, Chaisson CE, Dixon D, Steinberg EG, Tripodis Y, Kowall NW, Stern RA. Clinical Utility of Select Neuropsychological Assessment Battery Tests in Predicting Functional Abilities in Dementia. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2018 Aug 01; 33(5):530-540.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29126099; DOI: 10.1093/arclin/acx100;.
     
  6. Alosco ML, Tripodis Y, Fritts NG, Heslegrave A, Baugh CM, Conneely S, Mariani M, Martin BM, Frank S, Mez J, Stein TD, Cantu RC, McKee AC, Shaw LM, Trojanowski JQ, Blennow K, Zetterberg H, Stern RA. Cerebrospinal fluid tau, Aß, and sTREM2 in Former National Football League Players: Modeling the relationship between repetitive head impacts, microglial activation, and neurodegeneration. Alzheimers Dement. 2018 Sep; 14(9):1159-1170.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30049650.
     
  7. Ropacki MT, Hannesdottir K, Hendrix S, Gordon MF, Stephenson D, Coons SJ, Stern RA. Response to "Use of Qualitative Data to Support Content Validity of Performance-Based Cognitive Outcome Assessments". Ther Innov Regul Sci. 2018 Jul; 52(4):405-406. PMID: 29996731.
     
  8. Anttila V, Bulik-Sullivan B, Finucane HK, Walters RK, Bras J, Duncan L, Escott-Price V, Falcone GJ, Gormley P, Malik R, Patsopoulos NA, Ripke S, Wei Z, Yu D, Lee PH, Turley P, Grenier-Boley B, Chouraki V, Kamatani Y, Berr C, Letenneur L, Hannequin D, Amouyel P, Boland A, Deleuze JF, Duron E, Vardarajan BN, Reitz C, Goate AM, Huentelman MJ, Kamboh MI, Larson EB, Rogaeva E, St George-Hyslop P, Hakonarson H, Kukull WA, Farrer LA, Barnes LL, Beach TG, Demirci FY, Head E, Hulette CM, Jicha GA, Kauwe JSK, Kaye JA, Leverenz JB, Levey AI, Lieberman AP, Pankratz VS, Poon WW, Quinn JF, Saykin AJ, Schneider LS, Smith AG, Sonnen JA, Stern RA, Van Deerlin VM, Van Eldik LJ, Harold D, Russo G, Rubinsztein DC, Bayer A, Tsolaki M, Proitsi P, Fox NC, Hampel H, Owen MJ, Mead S, Passmore P, Morgan K, Nöthen MM, Rossor M, Lupton MK, Hoffmann P, Kornhuber J, Lawlor B, McQuillin A, Al-Chalabi A, Bis JC, Ruiz A, Boada M, Seshadri S, Beiser A, Rice K, van der Lee SJ, De Jager PL, Geschwind DH, Riemenschneider M, Riedel-Heller S, Rotter JI, Ransmayr G, Hyman BT, Cruchaga C, Alegret M, Winsvold B, Palta P, Farh KH, Cuenca-Leon E, Furlotte N, Kurth T, Ligthart L, Terwindt GM, Freilinger T, Ran C, Gordon SD, Borck G, Adams HHH, Lehtimäki T, Wedenoja J, Buring JE, Schürks M, Hrafnsdottir M, Hottenga JJ, Penninx B, Artto V, Kaunisto M, Vepsäläinen S, Martin NG, Montgomery GW, Kurki MI, Hämäläinen E, Huang H, Huang J, Sandor C, Webber C, Muller-Myhsok B, Schreiber S, Salomaa V, Loehrer E, Göbel H, Macaya A, Pozo-Rosich P, Hansen T, Werge T, Kaprio J, Metspalu A, Kubisch C, Ferrari MD, Belin AC, van den Maagdenberg AMJM, Zwart JA, Boomsma D, Eriksson N, Olesen J, Chasman DI, Nyholt DR, Avbersek A, Baum L, Berkovic S, Bradfield J, Buono R, Catarino CB, Cossette P, De Jonghe P, Depondt C, Dlugos D, Ferraro TN, French J, Hjalgrim H, Jamnadas-Khoda J, Kälviäinen R, Kunz WS, Lerche H, Leu C, Lindhout D, Lo W, Lowenstein D, McCormack M, Møller RS, Molloy A, Ng PW, Oliver K, Privitera M, Radtke R, Ruppert AK, Sander T, Schachter S, Schankin C, Scheffer I, Schoch S, Sisodiya SM, Smith P, Sperling M, Striano P, Surges R, Thomas GN, Visscher F, Whelan CD, Zara F, Heinzen EL, Marson A, Becker F, Stroink H, Zimprich F, Gasser T, Gibbs R, Heutink P, Martinez M, Morris HR, Sharma M, Ryten M, Mok KY, Pulit S, Bevan S, Holliday E, Attia J, Battey T, Boncoraglio G, Thijs V, Chen WM, Mitchell B, Rothwell P, Sharma P, Sudlow C, Vicente A, Markus H, Kourkoulis C, Pera J, Raffeld M, Silliman S, Boraska Perica V, Thornton LM, Huckins LM, William Rayner N, Lewis CM, Gratacos M, Rybakowski F, Keski-Rahkonen A, Raevuori A, Hudson JI, Reichborn-Kjennerud T, Monteleone P, Karwautz A, Mannik K, Baker JH, O'Toole JK, Trace SE, Davis OSP, Helder SG, Ehrlich S, Herpertz-Dahlmann B, Danner UN, van Elburg AA, Clementi M, Forzan M, Docampo E, Lissowska J, Hauser J, Tortorella A, Maj M, Gonidakis F, Tziouvas K, Papezova H, Yilmaz Z, Wagner G, Cohen-Woods S, Herms S, Julià A, Rabionet R, Dick DM, Ripatti S, Andreassen OA, Espeseth T, Lundervold AJ, Steen VM, Pinto D, Scherer SW, Aschauer H, Schosser A, Alfredsson L, Padyukov L, Halmi KA, Mitchell J, Strober M, Bergen AW, Kaye W, Szatkiewicz JP, Cormand B, Ramos-Quiroga JA, Sánchez-Mora C, Ribasés M, Casas M, Hervas A, Arranz MJ, Haavik J, Zayats T, Johansson S, Williams N, Dempfle A, Rothenberger A, Kuntsi J, Oades RD, Banaschewski T, Franke B, Buitelaar JK, Arias Vasquez A, Doyle AE, Reif A, Lesch KP, Freitag C, Rivero O, Palmason H, Romanos M, Langley K, Rietschel M, Witt SH, Dalsgaard S, Børglum AD, Waldman I, Wilmot B, Molly N, Bau CHD, Crosbie J, Schachar R, Loo SK, McGough JJ, Grevet EH, Medland SE, Robinson E, Weiss LA, Bacchelli E, Bailey A, Bal V, Battaglia A, Betancur C, Bolton P, Cantor R, Celestino-Soper P, Dawson G, De Rubeis S, Duque F, Green A, Klauck SM, Leboyer M, Levitt P, Maestrini E, Mane S, De-Luca DM, Parr J, Regan R, Reichenberg A, Sandin S, Vorstman J, Wassink T, Wijsman E, Cook E, Santangelo S, Delorme R, et al. AnalysiView Related Profiles. PMID: 29930110.
     
  9. Gill J, Mustapic M, Diaz-Arrastia R, Lange R, Gulyani S, Diehl T, Motamedi V, Osier N, Stern RA, Kapogiannis D. Higher exosomal tau, amyloid-beta 42 and IL-10 are associated with mild TBIs and chronic symptoms in military personnel. Brain Inj. 2018; 32(10):1277-1284. PMID: 29913077.
     
  10. Lepage C, Muehlmann M, Tripodis Y, Hufschmidt J, Stamm J, Green K, Wrobel P, Schultz V, Weir I, Alosco ML, Baugh CM, Fritts NG, Martin BM, Chaisson C, Coleman MJ, Lin AP, Pasternak O, Makris N, Stern RA, Shenton ME, Koerte IK. Limbic system structure volumes and associated neurocognitive functioning in former NFL players. Brain Imaging Behav. 2018 May 19.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29779184; DOI: 10.1007/s11682-018-9895-z;.
     
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