Maheen Mausoof Adamson, PhD.

Principal Investigator

  • Dr. Maheen Mausoof Adamson Clinical Associate Professor (Affilliated) Neurosurgery, Senior Scientific Clinical Research Director at the Headache Center for Excellence in the Rehabiliation Service VA Palo Alto Health Care System & Director of the VA Polytrauma Fellowship
  • After finishing undergraduate degrees in Biology and Women's Studies at UC Irvine, she went to complete a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Southern California, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford School of Medicine. 
  • Dr. Adamson is a world-class neuroscientist and neuroimaging expert, whose research interests include the neurological impact of COVID-19, traumatic brain injury, pain, and Alzheimer's disease. She's a leader in healthcare innovation, entrepreneurship, and translational neuroscience.
Lifelong learner & Innovator
  • Dr. Adamson has close to 20 years of experience directing large diverse teams to develop and implement several multi-site and longitudinal studies revolving around Alzheimer’s disease and brain injuries, especially in the Veteran population.
  • She leads several federally funded studies (DOD, NIA/NIH and VA), revolving around neuroimaging, genetics, proteomics and behavioral performance investigations in rehabilitation of healthy older adults and Veterans with post-deployment health concerns. Having served as Director for Research and PhD Fellowships at War Related Illness and Injury Center (WRIISC), Director of Research for Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) and currently co-chairs the TBI committee at California Department of Rehabilitation.
  • Serving as PI and Site-PI on numerous neuromodulation clinical trials and collaborates internationally for developing advanced diagnostic methods in neuroimaging, especially in underserved communities. 
  • Dr. Adamson’s expertise and interests span employing translational neuroscience methodologies for diagnostic and neuromodulation treatments such as repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS))for frequent health problems in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI), psychiatric problems, and Alzheimer's disease.  
  • In her position at VA Palo Alto, she is actively involved in translating research, such as non-invasive brain stimulation and other therapies, to clinical in-home use by patients using innovations such as virtual and augmented reality.
Advocate for Gender Equality in Healthcare & Policy Change
  •  She has employed advanced structural and functional imaging modalities and biomarker assessments in Veteran, active military and civilian populations with these health problems. She has been a leader in identifying gender differences in brain injury, particularly in the Veteran population. 
  • She’s an associate and former senior editor of Journal of Alzheimer’s disease, co-editor of Frontiers in Neurology: TBI, nominated member of Sigma Xi society, program committee member of American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and is board member for Brain Injury Association of California and Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics. 
  • Dr. Adamson has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications on cognitive and neural basis of Alzheimer’s disease and TBI, has received recognition in national and international settings and is a frequent Keynote speaker. A passionate advocate for healthcare gender equality and policy change committed to the development of novel therapeutic approaches such as brain stimulation and virtual reality.
  • In addition, she's intricately involved in mentoring research postdoctoral fellows and clinical residents in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Psychiatry & Neurosurgery Departments at Stanford School of Medicine. 
Committed & Dedicated Mentor
  • Her goal is to incorporate advanced treatment and diagnostics tailored to each patient's needs into standard-of-care to improve their daily function, reintegration into society and long-term rehabilitation.
  • A lifelong learner, Dr. Adamson has recently completed the Stanford Byer’s Biodesign Faculty Innovation Fellowship and is close to completing a Master of Science in Healthcare Leadership at Brown University’s School of Professional Studies.

Odette Harris, MD, MPH.


Dr. Odette Harris is Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, Vice Chair, Diversity and Director of Brain Injury for Stanford Medical Center.

Dr Harris manages and coordinates the medical and surgical care of all patients suffering from traumatic brain injury that are admitted to the Stanford System.



Professor of Neurosurgery

Dr. Harris is also the Deputy Chief of Staff, Rehabilitation at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, which includes responsibilities for the varied programs of the Polytrauma System of Care, Spinal Cord Injury, Blind Rehabilitation Services, Recreational Therapy and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Deputy Chief of Staff, Rehabilitation


Dr. Harris has won multiple awards and has several appointments across Stanford' Medical School and the VA, including Director, Defense Veterans Brain Injury Center (2009 - Present); Deputy Chief of Staff, Rehabilitation (TBI, Spinal Cord Injury, Blind Service, PM&R), PAVAHCS (2015 - Present); Associate Chief of Staff, Polytrauma, PAVAHCS (2009 - Present); Director, Brain Injury, Department of Neurosurgery (2009 - Present)

Director of Brain Injury


Principal Clinical Research Team

Volunteer Research Assistants

Clinical Research Team

Ines Luttenbacher

  • Ines, originally from Germany has had the opportunity to live abroad for several years. She is at the University of Amsterdam finishing her BS (Hons) in Psychology with a clinical focus. Ines  has obtained an internship position in the research department of her university. After graduation, she will be pursuing her dream of becoming a psychotherapist incorporating clinical neuropsychology and research. She aspires to be accepted into Ph.D. or Psy.D program.

Henry Ogdent More

  • Henry is graduate from the University of Southern California with degrees in Economics and Neuroscience. He joined the Lab with the goal of expanding his expertise in the application of artificial intelligence (AI), data science, and machine and deep (ML/DL) to solve complex neuroscience problems and develop neurotherapies. Henry wants to pursue a graduate degree in AI, computer science or computational neuroscience. 

Huy Thai

  • Huy’sis part of a study on traumatic brain injury as part of the lab. He worked at UC Davis on a gene-editing study of the Arabidopsis’s antiporter DNA gene using CRISPR/Cas9. From 2018-2019 he served in the US Army's Medical Corps providing health and medical training to U.S military personnel and residents in Central America. He's been the volenteer Director of the Miss Vietnam North California contest since 2016 and Golden Heart Charity Organization since 2012.

Oscar D. Mier

  • Oscar served in the United States Marine Corps as a field radio operator in a fire support team. He is a Fellow for the Warrior-Scholar Project in helping veterans and active-duty service members transition into higher education. Oscar is a first-generation student and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience from the University of California, Riverside, in 2020.
  • He is currently a graduate student at the University of Southern California in the Master of Science in Neuroimaging and Informatics program, graduating in 2022. Afterward, he will continue his education at Stanford University in the Master of Science in Symbolic Systems program to study the intersection between minds and machines. 

Sohrab Sami BS.

  • Sohrab's role in the Adamson Lab includes coordinating a study aimed at understanding the complex interplay between neurological and neuropsychological effects of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Sohrab completed his B.S in Psychology with a clinical focus and wants to get into a PhD program in clinical psychology. He's interested in studying the neuroplasticity of the brain and its role in the therapy setting and rehabilitation.