Adamson Lab News


The Adamson Lab Presented 3 Posters at the Stanford Bio X Conference in November 2021

The Adamson Lab was represented by Kaitlly Zhu BA, XJ Kang PhD, and Oscar Miers BS. The 3 posters covered the Lab's recent research findings on

  1. changes to fiber tract integrity in patients with brain injury and chronic health symptoms, 
  2. our model on sex differences in response to neuromodulation in major depressive disorder, 
  3. outcomes and recommendations from a usability study on the application of virtual reality rehabilitation (VRR) protocol for combat TBI.


Emerging Treatments for Traumatic Brain Injury, Including Virtual Reality & Therapeutic Ultrasound

One of neuroscience’s most infamous traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients - Phineas P. Gage (1823-1860) is a classic case study on the complex neurological sequelae of the injured brain. Gage, a well-respected and liked American railroad foreman, was using a tampering iron...


Interviewing influential women to learn about their experiences in school, college, and careers.

Shreya Anand host of All About Her, a program dedicated to  interviewing influential women to learn about their experiences in high school, college, and their current careers. Shreya interviews Dr. Maheen Mausoof Adamson, about her life, career, and hopes for the future...


VA Palo Alto Receives New iBot Personal Mobility Device for Spinal Cord Injury Center

VA Palo Alto Health Care System participated in the Operation Mobility Tour with an event featuring the receipt of a new iBOT® Personal Mobility Device as part of a national donation of 25 devices to VA Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder Centers around the country...

Dr. Adamson's Long-COVID Special Coverage

Atherton Living Magazine

It’s almost 18 months since the first diagnosed case of COVID-19 in December 2019, or more precisely SARS-CoV-2. Named in part due to the associated severe acute respiratory symptoms (SARS) that follow infection and the external shape of the virus (V) itself resembling a corona (Co). The need to distinguish the current strain of the virus from prior SARS epidemics resulted in the number 2 being added to the name. Since then, infection rates rose exponentially. Many of us saw family members and friends battle the virus, and sadly, some succumbed to it. The recent Centers for Disease Control (CDC) statistics show that the number of new infections appears to be declining - welcome news indeed.

Los Altos Hills Magazine

Despite COVID’s high transmission rate, the majority of patients experience mild and self-limiting symptoms - fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, cough, and chest pain. About 20% of infections are deemed severe enough to warrant medical care, in some instances even hospitalization. Severity is primarily attributed to the impact of the virus on multiple-organ systems and its greater force on those with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or coronary heart disease. Thankfully, even in cases where hospital admission is needed, only 5%will need critical care, often assisted ventilation. Most viral infections, like the common cold, do not require medical intervention. Instead rest and good nutrition for the body to recover.

Mountain Home Magazine

Currently, the term “long-COVID” is being given to patients that are reporting symptoms that are continuing beyond 12 weeks. Patients report a combination of physiological, neurological, and psychological symptom clusters. Breathlessness,cough, tiredness, fatigue, and aches and pains; persistent fever, and gastrointestinal symptoms. In addition to impaired memory, attention, focus, and ability to think, colloquially called “brain fog”, low mood even depression, increased anxiety, disrupted sleep. The implications of long-COVID are significant. Patients are unable to resume many of the activities they engaged in before becoming infected, including returning to work.

How to Support the Transition Back to School

School closures a year ago forced families to develop new routines and ways of living.

School closures a year ago forced families to develop new routines and ways of living.  Some were able to create constructive routines and learning environments for their children, balancing the demands of remote working and family commitments with ease. Others, with the passage of time and despite the best of intentions, have fallen into less-than-ideal home-schooling habits, needing to cajole bored children into engaging in their Zoom classes or coerce them to do their homework. Consequently, the staged reopening of schools is likely to be causing excitement and anxiety for both parents and children. Parents looking to support their child’s transition back to the classroom, or whose child is reluctant or anxious about going back, can do much to help. Continue reading...

Military Kids Day - Purple Up on April 15

​April is Military Child Month - show appreciation wear purple.

April is Military Child month, and the San Mateo County of Veterans Services is encouraging everyone to wear purple on Friday to show their support and gratitude for the sacrifices and strength that military families, and in particular, children, make when a parent volunteers to protect and defend all Americans. The premise of Purple Up day is based on the symbolic meaning of the color in the military world. Purple represents the concept of "unit" or of "all branches" of service. If you "mix" the blue of the Air Force and Navy, green of the Army, and red of the Marine you get purple — a color associated with spirituality, service, commitment to a higher purpose, truth, knowledge, self-respect, dignity, and integrity.  Continue reading...

Maverick Women in Neuroscience

Women of Stanford Neurosurgery

Stanford's Department of Neurosurgery faculty is nearly 25% female, an unprecendented level compared to other Neurosurgery programs around the country, and the world. But there is still much room to improve parity, and to make the path to success in this field less burdensome and stigmatized for women. In this series, women across the Department share their experiences as females in the fields of science and medicine. From what got them hooked on science as children, or motivated them to become doctors, to their determination to overcome the bumps they faced on the road to becoming neurosurgeons, we suspect their stories will resonate with many women, regardless of their chosen profession. We hope that by sharing their stories, we may inspire more young girls to pursue careers in science, and eliminate some of the myths associated with women pursuing one of the most complex and demanding specialties in medicine. 

Dr. Adamson specializes in diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injury. Her work focuses on improving and advancing the standard-of-care provided to veterans and military personnel to improve their daily function and reintegration into society.


Stanford Daily

Associate Stanford professor talks Neuralink, Elon Musk’s venture into health industry

To gain a better understanding of what Musk is trying to do with Neuralink, The Daily heard from Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Psychiatry and Behavioral sciences Dr. Maheen Adamson.

Neuroscientists, neurosurgeons, and professors have researched and tried to understand the human brain for centuries. But the organ remains only partly understood, and many neurological disorders like Parkinsons and blindness have no known cure. Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has ventured into the health industry with his company Neuralink. He recently revealed new developments in Nueralink’s work. 

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Cerebrum & The Dana Foundation

The future of neuromodulation.

Devices in and out of the brain that can stimulate the nervous system through electric current are now being used to treat depression, movement disorders, and chronic pain.

Stanford School of Medicine Clinical Associate Professor Dr. Maheen Adamson provides insight on the many neuromodulation strategies now available to treat brain injury and the potential further of research to accomplish much more.

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Spiegeloog Amsterdam

Pandēmus: Global Stress Response During The COVID-19 Pandemic

The continuous spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the looming threat for the coming years and the never-ending quarantine guidelines in most countries have drastically changed our way of life. In light of our strongly connected and integrated world, it is unquestionable that the impact of this disease will have its toll on the world’s economy. 

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First International Conference for Women Scientists

Presenting Multifaceted Research Bringing Together Industry & Academia.

To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th 2021, MITSquare is organising a special session on “Women in Science & Engineering (WISE)” at the International Conference for Women in Multifaceted Research (ICWMR).  Bringing together an An international forum for women researchers, academicians, professionals, and students from various engineering fields and with cross-disciplinary interests in control, electronics, renewable energy, computer engineering, communications, applied science and management to interact and disseminate information on the latest developments.

New Robotic Arm Helps Veterans

TMS to treat headaches, chronic pain, cognitive function, and depression.

New robotic arm helps Veterans receive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) at the Livermore VA. TMS is used for research and clinical care for Veterans with various health problems. VA Palo Alto is only the second VA site in the nation to provide reduced provider-patient interaction and precise positioning of the stimulating coil to deliver this brain stimulation treatment. Brain stimulation with TMS is an FDA-approved treatment for major depressive disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder, and is clinically administered at various VA hospitals. Using guidelines established by FDA and clinical researchers, the team uses TMS to treat headaches, chronic pain, cognitive function, and depression in Veterans with traumatic brain injury. The interdisciplinary team is currently supported by VA, the Department of Defense, and the National Institutes of Health in research clinical trials. The new and innovative robotic arm with a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) machine is used for research and clinical care for Veterans with various health problems.

Elan Musk's latest venture Neuralink, is committed to building better tools for communicating with the brain. The progress of Musk's team is covered in Vox, and featuring Dr. Maheen Adamson on how Neuralink can target specific health conditions first. While the ideas are futuristic-sounding and many aspects of the technology are stillin the very early stages, early research is showing promising results. Musk announced the breakthrough device following research using pig's brain activity.

Concussion Recovery Differences

Sex differences in recovery from concussion.

If we don’t understand the differences in biology and/or symptomology, it could cause a major burden for society going forward. Individual differences must be analyzed through the lens of gender,” said Maheen Mausoof Adamson, DVBIC senior clinical research director and a neuroscientist at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Adamson is one of the lead scientists on the DVBIC-funded study conducted at the Veteran Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System.

Watch Dr. Adamson's Keynote Speech Mental Health & COVID-19

To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th 2021, Dr. Adamson participated in the event hosted by women students at the Sri Sairam Engineering College on “Women in Science & Engineering (WISE)” at the International Conference for Women in Multifaceted Research (ICWMR). This is part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) initiated by the United Nations.

Dr. Angela Phillips is a postdoctoral fellow with Stanford Psychiatry and VA Palo Alto.

Stanford Accelerated Intelligent Neuromodulation Therapy (SAINT-TRD) Induces Rapid Remission from Treatment Resistant Depression in a Double-Blind, Randomized Controlled Trial. 

Dr. Angela Phillips poster presentation at the Clinical TMS Society Meeting in 2020 placed in the top 6.

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Breakthrough Innovation

Watch Dr. Adamson's Talk on AI & Biotechnology in Healthcare

Watch Professor Adamson's Discuss Traumatic Brain Injury in Women

COVID Research Continues

The amazing engineers at DuPont, 219 Design, and WiPro used an NIH approved open-source PRUSA face shield design to manufactuer and donated over 600 face shields to scientists enabling face-to-face research to conitnue during COVID-19.

The Adamson Lab is extemely grateful for the 20 face shields we received. 

Identifying & Accelerating Employee-Inspired Innovations

To improve health care experiences for all.

The goal of the Spark-Seed-Spread Innovation Investment Program (Spark-Seed-Spread Program) is to identify and accelerate employee-inspired innovations to improve health care experiences for Veterans, families, caregivers, and employees. The Adamson Lab 's innovation of customized 3D skull prints to enhance non-invasive brain stimulation treatment is selected for the FY 2021 Spark-Seed-Spread (SSS) Innovation Investment Program and Innovation Accelerator.

3D Skull Cap for Neuronagivation and rTMS Treatment

Connecting Offices and Industry Scouts

Leading Global Innovations.

3D Skull Cap Printing

Adamson's Lab customized 3D skull prints has been accepted to participate in the Virtual Defense TechConnect Summit Innovation Program.

The unique program is designed to connect top Department of Defense (DoD) offices and industry scouts with the world's best innovations.

Enabling non-traditional innovators fom Department of Defense, Federal Agencies to connect with the private-sector and F1000 corporations.

Women & Girls Education & Medical Care

Head injuries from sport, violence, accidents or military service.

Non-profit organization focused on pre-injury education and post-injury medical care for women and girls with brain injury including concussion incurred from sport, violence, accidents or military service. 

The vision of Pink Concussions is a world in which women and girls with brain injuries are quickly identified and receive appropriate, compassionate care and support. 

Pink Concussions is on a mission is to drive change and innovation to develop and implement sex-specific/gender-responsive, evidence-based strategies for the identification, management and support of women and girls with brain injuries.