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Alison G. Abraham, PhD

  • Associate Professor

Departmental Affiliations

  • School of Medicine (Primary)
  • Epidemiology (Joint)
    • Division: General Epidemiology and Methodology

Center & Institute Affiliations

Contact Information

600 N. Wolfe Street
Woods 173
Baltimore, Maryland 21287


Eye Determinants of Cognition (EyeDOC) Study

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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2008
MHS, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2005
MS, California State University, 1999


Dr. Abraham worked as a biomedical engineer for several years before pursuing a career in epidemiology and public health.  She recieved her Masters degree in Biostatistics in 2005 and her Doctoral degree in  Epidemiology in 2008 from Johns Hopkins University.  Dr. Abraham has been faculty in the Department of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins since 2008 and now has a primary appointment in the Dana Center for Preventative Ophthalmology in the School of Medicine. Dr. Abraham is faculty in the data coordinating centers for several large prospective cohort studies housed in the Statistics in Epidemiology group, for which she provides epidemiological and statistical support, oversees data quality and contributes to methodological development. She has worked extensively in the area of age-related comorbidities with an emphasis on aging HIV-infected populations. She is the principle investigator of the Eye Determinants of Cognition (EyeDOC) study, an investigation of vision and cognition in an aging cohort that uses state of the art imaging technology to capture microvascular and neuronal abnormalities in the eye. She is currently working on issues of sensory deficit in the context of HIV, to understand the prevalence of vision loss and disease, and how it may affect quality of life and functioning and whether it may predict systemic disease. Dr Abraham's research seeks to use the eye as a window to other disease processes.

Honors and Awards

1995 Rehabilitation Engineering Teaching and Training Grant Award

2003 Epidemiology Internship Award, National Eye Institute

2004 National Institutes of Health Training Grant Award

2005 Epidemiology Internship Award, Amgen Inc

2005 Thomas and Louis I Dublin Award for the Advancement of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

2007 Doctoral Thesis Fund Award

2008 Inductee, Delta Omega Society

2010 National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program Award Recipient

2013 Fourth HIV & Aging Workshop 2013 Sponsored Attendee

2015 Annals of Internal Medicine 2015 Outstanding Reviewer

2015 Council for International Exchange of Scholars Fulbright Scholar Award Finalist

  • Epidemiology
  • Epidemiologic Methodology
  • HIV Research
  • Chronic Kidney Disease 
  • Age-related Eye Disease
  • Pediatric Nephrology
  • Biostatistics
  • Missing Data Methods
  • MACS
  • WIHS
  • CKID
  • HIV Drug Resistance
  • sensory deficit
  • vision loss
  • age-related comorbidity
  • microbiome

Selected publications:

  • Yhong Y*, Muñoz A, Schwartz GJ, Warady BA, Furth SL, Abraham AG. Nonlinear Trajectory of GFR in Children before RRT. J Am Soc Nephrol 2014 May;25(5):913-7. PMCID: PMC4005299
  • Abraham AG, Betoko A, Fadrowski JJ, Pierce C, Furth SL, Warady BA, Muñoz A. Renin-Angiotensin II-Aldosterone System Blockers and Time to Renal Replacement Therapy in Children with CKD. Pediatr Nephrol. 2017 Apr;32(4):643-649. PMCID: PMC5336532
  • Abraham AG, Althoff KA, Jing Y, Estrella MM, Kitahata MM, Wester CW, Bosch RJ, Crane H, Eron J, Gill MJ, Horberg M, Justice AC, Klein M, Mayor AM, Moore RD, Palella FJ, Parikh CR, Silverberg MJ, Golub ET, Jacobson LP, Napravnik S, Lucas GM on behalf of the North American Aids Cohort Collaboration On Research And Design (NA-ACCORD) of International Epidemiologic Databases to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA). End Stage Renal Disease Among HIV-Infected Adults in North America. Clin Infect Dis. 2015 Mar 15;60(6):941-9. PMCID: PMC4357817
  • Abraham AG, Lau B, Deeks S, Moore RD, Zhang J, Eron J, Harrigan R, Gill MJ, Kitahata M, Klein M, Napravnik S, Rachalis A, Rodriguez B, Rourke S, Benson C, Bosch R, Collier A, Gebo K, Goedert J, Hogg R, Horberg M, Jacobson L, Justice A, Kirk G, Martin J, McKaig R, Silverberg M, Sterling T, Thorne J, Willig J and Gange SJ for the North American AIDS Cohort Collaboration on Research and Design (NA-ACCORD) of IeDEA. Missing Data on the estimation of the prevalence of accumulated human immunodeficiency virus drug resistance in patients treated with antiretroviral drugs in North America. Am J Epidemiol. 2011 Sep 15;174(6):727-735. PMCID: PMC3202147
  • Abraham AG, Muñoz A, Furth SL, Warady BA, Schwartz GJ. Extracellular volume and glomerular filtration rate in children with chronic kidney disease. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2011 Apr;6(4):741-7. PMCID: PMC3069364