Headshot photo of Valerie C. Anderson, Ph.D., M.C.R.

Valerie C. Anderson, Ph.D., M.C.R.

  • Associate Professor, Advanced Imaging Research Center


Valerie Anderson, Ph.D., conducts research on the application of high-field magnetic resonance techniques to the study of water permeability and the vascular microenvironment of Alzheimer's disease. Abnormal movement of water into and out of the brain plays a key role in many neurodegenerative disorders.

Dr. Anderson earned a master’s of clinical research from OHSU in 2005 and a Ph.D. in chemistry at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1982. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., from 1982 to 1983 and then held positions as a research associate at Portland State University and Washington State University. 

In 1992 Dr. Anderson joined OHSU as a senior research associate in the Division of Neurosurgery, where she served as an instructor before accepting her current position as assistant professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery.

Education and training

  • Degrees

    • Ph.D., 1982, Georgetown University
  • Fellowship

    • Postdoctoral research fellow, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C., 1982-1983

Areas of interest

  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Pain
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Fluorescence


Selected publications

  • "Protective Role of P450 Epoxyeicosanoids in Subarachnoid Hemorrhage."Neurocritical Care In: , Vol. 22, No. 2, 2015, p. 306-319."Longitudinal relaxographic imaging of white matter hyperintensities in the elderly." Fluids and Barriers of the CNS In: , Vol. 11, No. 1, 24, 2014."Response." Journal of Neurosurgery In: , Vol. 119, No. 2, 08.2013, p. 535.


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