Robert A. Stern, PhD

Professor, Neurology

Robert Stern
617.358.5375
72 E. Concord St Robinson (B)

Biography

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.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Professor, Neurosurgery, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Director of Clinical Research, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences
  • Active Staff Privileges, Neurology, Boston Medical Center

Education

  • University of Rhode Island, PhD
  • University of Rhode Island, MA
  • Wesleyan University, BA

Publications

  • Published on 12/18/2018

    Hackman H, Howland J, Taylor A, Brown L, Gapinski MA, Olshaker J, Stern RA. Application of Components of the Massachusetts' Sports Concussion Regulations to All Students With Concussion: A Survey of School Nurses. J Sch Nurs. 2018 Dec 18; 1059840518818709. PMID: 30563410.

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  • Published on 12/18/2018

    Nemani SK, Notari S, Cali I, Alvarez VE, Kofskey D, Cohen M, Stern RA, Appleby B, Abrams J, Schonberger L, McKee A, Gambetti P. Co-occurrence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy and prion disease. Acta Neuropathol Commun. 2018 Dec 18; 6(1):140. PMID: 30563563.

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  • Published on 12/1/2018

    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.

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  • Published on 11/4/2018

    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. PMID: 30390709.

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  • Published on 10/3/2018

    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.

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  • Published on 9/1/2018

    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. PMID: 30053297.

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  • Published on 8/1/2018

    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. PMID: 29126099.

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  • Published on 7/23/2018

    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. PMID: 30049650.

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  • Published on 7/1/2018

    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.

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  • Published on 6/22/2018

    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. Analysis of shared heritability in common disorders of the brain. Science. 2018 06 22; 360(6395). PMID: 29930110.

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