Background

Dr. Stopa’s interest for the past 30 years has been in translational neuroscience. His work has focused on confirming that mechanistically based studies performed using rodent, sheep and primate models have direct relevance to humans. As Professor of Pathology and Neurosurgery at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Director of Neuropathology at Lifespan Academic Medical Center, he is responsible for the direction and management of the neuropathology services at all Brown University affiliated teaching hospitals. He is actively engaged in basic research and serves as the Director of the Brown Brain Bank for Dementia and Related Disorders. As a result of these duties, he has accumulated extensive experience in diagnostic neuropathology and grant supported neuroscience research. Dr. Stopa has participated in both basic and clinical neuroscience research efforts, served on internal and external advisory boards related to basic and clinical research programs, and provided scientific input as well as review and advice on research grant applications, programs and organizational structures.

He has served in multiple leadership positions in research, clinical practice, and education, including as an Executive Board Member of the Norman Price Neurosciences Institute at Lifespan and the editorial boards of Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology and Fluids and Barriers of the CNS. Dr. Stopa has extensive experience in mentoring and training students at the interface between clinical medicine and basic sciences, and he has supervised the research of graduate students, medical students, and neuropathology fellows. Dr Joan King and Dr. Seymour Reichlin were his primary research mentors, both early pioneers in the field of neuroendocrinology.

Dr. Stopa has longstanding interests in the neuroendocrine mechanisms responsible for circadian rhythms and human reproduction. Following the completion of his residency training, he received a Physician Scientist Award from the National Institute on Aging to examine the effects of aging and dementia on the neural substrates of circadian rhythmicity. His interest in Alzheimer’s disease grew as a result of this early experience. Working in collaboration with Dr. Conrad Johanson, a recognized leader in the field of blood-CSF and blood-brain barriers, he has explored the effects of growth factors and other bioactive substances on the brain microvasculature and on CSF dynamics during aging and dementia. He has also worked closely with Dr Barbara Stonestreet studying the effects of prenatal injury on early brain development.

Education

Degrees
1980
M.D., Medicine
McGill University, Montreal, PQ

1976
B.S. Physiology
McGill University, Montreal, PQ (1st class Honors)

Residencies
1985
Resident, Neuropathology
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School

1983
Resident, Anatomical Pathology
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School

Flexible Internship
Boston University School of Medicine
Framingham Union Hospital,
Framingham, MA, 7/80- 6/81

Research Training
NIH Physician Scientist Award 7/85-6/90
Tufts University School of Medicine
Mentors: Dr. Seymour Reichlin, Chief of Endocrinology
Dr. Joan King, Chair of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Board Certifications
Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 6/81
Board of Registration in Medicine, The Commonwealth of MA, Certificate No. 49189, 4/82 – present
Certification by the American Board of Pathology in both Anatomic Pathology and Neuropathology, 5/87

Credentials

Titles
Professor of Pathology and Neurosurgery
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Director of Neuropathology
Lifespan Academic Medical Center

Awards, Memberships and Publications
Dr. Stopa has many honors, memberships and publications. To see a full list of credentials, download his CV.

Interests

Alzheimer’s disease,  neuroendocrine mechanisms responsible for circadian rhythms and human reproduction

Rhode Island Hospital Department of Pathology
593 Eddy Street, POB 322
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 444-5151
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