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Alison G. Abraham, M.H.S., M.S., Ph.D.

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Director, Wilmer Biostats Center

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Research Interests: HIV-infection; age-related eye disease; vision function; cognitive disease; kidney disease; analytic methods

Background

Dr Alison Abraham has a doctoral degree in Epidemiology and masters degrees in both biostatistics and biomedical engineering.  From 2008 until 2016, Dr Abraham was faculty in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, working in the data coordination centers of several large cohort studies of HIV-infection and kidney disease. She specializes in the development of novel methodological tools for addressing current questions of interest related to clinical practice and patient long-term health.  In 2016, she returned to the Dana Center as faculty. She is currently working with a diverse team to study the intersection of vision and neurocognitive function in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study, with the aim of developing a screening tool for early Alzheimer’s disease. 

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Titles

  • Director, Wilmer Biostats Center
  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Departments / Divisions

Education

Degrees

  • M.S., California State University (California) (1999)
  • M.H.S., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Maryland) (2005)
  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Maryland) (2008)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

I am a multidisciplinary researcher, supporting Data Coordinating Centers for large cohort studies by leading methodological and epidemiological efforts in a variety of research contexts. I have worked extensively in the area of age-related comorbidities with an emphasis on aging HIV-infected populations. I am the principal investigator of the EyeDOC study, a vision and cognition study in an aging cohort.  I have introduced vision measures into a large HIV study, investigating how sensory deficits affect quality of life and functioning. My research also uses the eye as a window to other disease processes in high risk populations.

Technology Expertise Keywords

Biomedical engineering; image processing

Contact for Research Inquiries

600 N Wolfe Street
Woods 173
Balitimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-6026

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • Primary Instructor, Advanced Theory and Methods in Epidemiology (340.774.01)
  • Lecturer, Fundamentals of Epidemiology

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Rehabilitation Engineering Teaching and Training Grant Award
  • Epidemiology Internship Award, National Eye Institute
  • National Institutes of Health Training Grant Award
  • Epidemiology Internship Award, Amgen Inc
  • Thomas and Louis I Dublin Award for the Advancement of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Doctoral Thesis Fund Award
  • Inductee, Delta Omega Society
  • National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program Award Recipient
  • Fourth HIV & Aging Workshop 2013 Sponsored Attendee
  • Annals of Internal Medicine 2015 Outstanding Reviewer
  • Council for International Exchange of Scholars Fulbright Scholar Award Finalist

Memberships

  • Society for Epidemiological Research, Member
  • American College of Epidemiology, Member
  • International Epidemiological Association, Member
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Member
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