Dr Maheen Adamson

Dr Maheen Adamson

Inspirational, Research Funding in Biotech

Inspirational, Research Funding in Biotech

Dr. Maheen Adamson is the research director for Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, one of 22 national and international Department of Defense Centers. She is also the clinical associate professor of neurosurgery and psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford School of Medicine. Dr. Adamson completed her Advanced levels from St. Patrick’s high school in Karachi and undergraduate degrees in neurobiology and women studies at University of California, Irvine. She completed her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Southern California and a postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford School of Medicine. Dr. Adamson has served as Director for Research and Postdoctoral Fellowships within the VA, under Office of Public Health, since 2008. During this time, Dr. Adamson developed expertise in employing translational neuroscience methodologies for diagnostic and therapeutic treatments, such as brain stimulation, in patients with brain injury and Alzheimer’s Disease. She is also a leader in employing innovative digital technologies to assess, manage and treat diseased populations in the hospital and community at large.

Dr. Adamson's multiple roles at Stanford Medical School, DOD and VA enable her to work on a global health platform involving government, academia and private biotech industry. She combines state-of-the art neuroimaging, genetic and proteomic biomarkers, and cognitive assessments to increase the specificity of disease diagnostics in order to provide improved targets for treatments. She currently serves as Principal Investigator on several Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense funded grants. Dr. Adamson has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications on cognitive and neural basis of Alzheimer’s disease and brain injury and has received recognition in national and international settings. She is also intricately involved in mentoring research and clinical fellows in numerous departments at Stanford and is the Director of Research Fellowship for Polytrauma Systems of Care at VA Palo Alto. She serves on the Board of Governors for Brain Injury Association of California, Academy of Certified Brain Specialists, Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics and of course, a few biotech Start-ups.

Dr. Adamson currently resides in East bay with her husband Bryan and two children, Arman and Anayah. She is passionate about Urdu poetry, Urdu and English horror/psycho thriller writing, old Indian Cinema, saris, and international travel. Finally, she can make nihari that can rival Sabri any day!