Maheen M. Adamson, Ph.D.
|Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA|
|Director Research & PhD Fellowships, War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC), Veteran’s Affairs Palo Alto, CA|
Dr. Adamson completed her training as a cognitive neuroscientist at University of Southern California.Duringher postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Adamson was trained with Dr. Weiner (UCSF, PI: Alzheimer’s disease (AD) Neuroimaging Initiative) and Dr. DeCarli (UC Davis) for structural imaging which provided the background for her published work in older civilian pilots genetically at risk for AD. She has collaborated on a functional MRI (fMRI) study with Dr. Wagner at Stanford, a leader in fMRI of memory research. Her work using fMRI and spatial processing in older pilots at risk for AD was recently selected for the “Hot Topics” session for International Consortium of AD, 2010. She has been honored by an Alzheimer’s Association Northern California Chapter, Kathryn Grupe award and an NIH/NIA Diversity supplement for advanced research. She was selected as a Fellow to the 2005 NIA Summer Institute on Aging Research and 2007 NIMH Summer Research Institute. She is currently the co-editor of an upcoming Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease book “Imaging the Alzheimer’s Brain” and recently organized-chaired a symposium at International AD meeting in Hawaii, 2010.
Dr. Adamson’s dual roles at Stanford Medical School and VA Palo Alto allow her to make strong collaborations with the VA and Stanford faculty and nourish her two-fold research interests. She is interested in developing new and innovative techniques to capture preclinical AD and related dementia through state-of-the art neuroimaging, genetic analysis, and cognitive and neuropsychological testing. To that extent, she has been involved with the longitudinal Stanford Aviation Study at Stanford/VA Aging Clinical Research Center in determining the influence of genetic risk for AD, age, skilled learning and expertise and brain structure and function on real-world tasks (such as flying) in older adults in the general population. She has recently designed a functional neuroimaging study of flight simulator performance in older pilots that investigates the anatomical correlates of the crucial decisions made during landing. Dr. Adamson is also involved in investigating navigational abilities of older individuals through a computer gaming task.
As a result of her current position at the VA Palo Alto WRIISC, Dr. Adamson is involved in developing and implementing clinical neuroimaging and cognitive testing that improve the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses affecting US veterans such as Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She is involved with mentoring fellows and graduate students, applying for new grants for veteran rehabilitation (e.g., using repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) and establishing a database where chronic illnesses of veterans can be followed longitudinally.