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Department of Neurology

Photo of Alison E. Baird

Alison E. Baird, MD

Professor of Neurology and Vice-Chair for Mentoring

Professor of Physiology/Pharmacology

Director of the Division of Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke


Clinical subspecialty:


Research interests:

  • Neuroimaging of stroke
  • Clinical trials
  • Novel diagnostic and therapeutics, including blood-based genomic and proteomic approaches

Education and training:

MB;BS: University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1985

FRACP: Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (completion of post-graduate specialist training in neurology and internal medicine), 1995

PhD: University of Melbourne, 1996

Clinical Fellowship in Cerebrovascular Diseases: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 1996-1998

MPH: Harvard School of Public Health, 1999

Recent publications:

(with link to PubMed)

Arnett DK, Baird AE, Barkley RA, Basson CT, Boerwinkle E, Ganesh SK, Herrington DM, Hong Y, Jaquish C, McDermott DA, O'Donnell CJ; American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention; American Heart Association Stroke Council; Functional Genomics and Translational Biology Interdisciplinary Working Group. Relevance of genetics and genomics for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, the Stroke Council, and the Functional Genomics and Translational Biology Interdisciplinary Working Group. Circulation. 2007 Jun 5;115(22):2878-901. Epub 2007 May 21. PMID: 17515457

Baird AE. Blood genomics in human stroke. Stroke. 2007 Feb;38(2 Suppl):694-8. Review.

Baird AE. Blood biologic markers of stroke: improved management, reduced cost? Curr Atheroscler Rep. 2006 Jul;8(4):267-75. Review. PMID: 16822391

Simak J, Gelderman MP, Yu H, Wright V, Baird AE. Circulating endothelial microparticles in acute ischemic stroke: a link to severity, lesion volume and outcome. J Thromb Haemost. 2006 Jun;4(6):1296-302. PMID: 16706974

Baird AE. The forgotten lymphocyte: immunity and stroke. Circulation. 2006 May 2;113(17):2035-6. No abstract available. PMID: 16651483

Baird AE. The blood option: transcriptional profiling in clinical trials. Pharmacogenomics. 2006 Mar;7(2):141-4. PMID: 16515391

Wright VL, Olan W, Dick B, Yu H, Alberts-Grill N, Latour LL, Baird AE. Assessment of CE-MRA for the rapid detection of supra-aortic vascular disease. Neurology. 2005 Jul 12;65(1):27-32. PMID: 16009882

Moore DF, Li H, Jeffries N, Wright V, Cooper RA Jr, Elkahloun A, Gelderman MP, Zudaire E, Blevins G, Yu H, Goldin E, Baird AE. Using peripheral blood mononuclear cells to determine a gene expression profile of acute ischemic stroke: a pilot investigation. Circulation. 2005 Jan 18;111(2):212-21. Epub 2005 Jan 3. PMID: 15630028

Nadareishvili ZG, Li H, Wright V, Maric D, Warach S, Hallenbeck JM, Dambrosia J, Barker JL, Baird AE. Elevated pro-inflammatory CD4+CD28- lymphocytes and stroke recurrence and death. Neurology. 2004 Oct 26;63(8):1446-51. PMID: 15505163

Patient appointments:

Thursday afternoons.