Diane Stephenson, PhD
Dr. Diane Stephenson is a neuroscientist by training with 30 years combined experience in academic neuroscience and drug discovery. She is passionate about translational science and is dedicated to the discovery of therapies to treat diseases of the nervous system. In her academic career, Diane focused her research on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease. While in industry she focused on drug discovery for Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and Parkinson’s disease. Diane has over 55 scientific publications and six patents in the neuroscience area. Her specific areas of technical expertise include neuroimaging, neuropathology and animal model characterization. As an ambassador for public-private partnerships, she has initiated numerous external academic collaborations including worldwide alliances. Diane received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at University of California, Santa Barbara and her PhD in Medical Neurobiology from Indiana University. In her current role, Diane leads multidisciplinary teams comprised of academic experts, industry scientists, patient advocacy groups and regulatory experts collectively aimed at accelerating treatments for patients with neurodegenerative diseases.