Research Education Component

The Stanford ADRC Research Education Component (REC) will provide a formalized training program to prepare the next generation of researchers for careers in aging, Alzheimer’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease-related disorders.

Stanford ADRC REC Leadership Team

Kathleen Poston, MD, MS
Program Leader

Dr. Poston is Associate Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences and (by courtesy) Neurosurgery in the Stanford University School of Medicine. She has subspecialty training in engineering, clinical movement disorders (formal fellowship) and dementia, as part of her NIH Career Development Award. She was the Principal Investigator for one of the Projects within the Stanford inaugural P50 ADRC and has been the Principal Investigator for multiple Michael J. Fox foundation awards, all studying cognition and dementia in patients with Lewy Body-spectrum diseases. She is also the Co-Director for the Stanford Lewy Body Dementia Research Center of Excellence.


Kaci Fairchild, PhD, ABPP
Associate Program Leader

Dr. Fairchild is the Associate Director of the Sierra Pacific MIRECC and the Fellowship Training Director for the Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at Sierra Pacific MIRECC. She also holds an affiliate appointment as a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is a board-certified Geropsychologist with an active research program focused on the improving the lives of people affected by late life cognitive impairment through lifestyle interventions. Her work has been funded by the VA Office of Rehabilitation Research and Development and VA Cooperative Studies program, the Department of Defense, the National Institute on Aging, and the Alzheimer’s Association.


Thomas Rando, MD, PhD

Dr. Rando is Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he is the Director of the Glenn Laboratories for the Biology of Aging. He is also Chief of Neurology and Director of the Rehabilitation Research & Development Center of Excellence at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Research in the Rando laboratory focuses on tissue-specific stem cells in aging and disease. He is a former Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholar in Aging awarded by the American Federation for Aging Research and a former Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar in Aging. In 2005, he received an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award for his groundbreaking research in stem cell biology. Dr. Rando is also the PI of the Stanford Training Program in Aging Research.