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Christine Walsh, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Christine M. Walsh, PhD, received her BA degree in physiology from Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin in Ireland. Dr. Walsh did her doctoral work at the University of Michigan studying the effects of REM sleep modulation on learning and memory. She also studied the neural correlates of cognitive aging. In 2011 Dr. Walsh joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center where she has been studying sleep in both healthy older adults and in individuals with neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Walsh is particularly interested in the contribution of sleep disturbance to cognitive decline.

Danny Wudka

Data Quality Analyst

Danny Wudka received his bachelor of science degree in neuroscience from UCLA. He joined the Memory and Aging Center in 2011 to facilitate the data quality effort for the center's data management team.

Kelly Hitchner

Administrative Manager

Kelly completed her Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology at the University of California, San Diego in 2011. Kelly has four years of research experience at the Dorris Neuroscience Center at The Scripps Research Institute and the Institute of Regenerative Medicine at UCSF. She joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2013 and works with Dr. William Seeley to manage the Neurodegenerative Disease Brain Bank.

The value of autopsy

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Genetics and Family Studies

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Priyanka Bhatt

Imaging Core Associate

Priyanka joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in June 2012. She is helping Dr. Adam Boxer on a pilot project of developing the Brainstem Atlas.

Eileen Pedersen

Clinical Coordinator

Eileen is a clinical coordinator for the UCSF Memory and Aging Center with a BA degree from Dominican University of California in English.

CJD, a personal story

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Steve, a California physician, whose wife spontaneously developed CJD, shares his experiences with the public. CJD is a rapidly progressive dementia whose study may yield important insights about other, more prevalent dementias. We thank Steve and his children for sharing their stories. Their contribution has contributed to a growing awareness about CJD.

What is a prion?

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Pardis Esmaeili

Research Coordinator

Pardis Esmaeili graduated from San Francisco State with a bachelor of science degree in physiology and minor in sexuality studies. She has worked on a variety of research projects including looking at neurogenesis in tobacco hornworms in the lab of Dr. Christopher Moffitt, impact of lifestyle and life stress on telomere length in the labs of Dr. Elissa Epel and Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, and intervention programs for patients with diabetes under Principal Investigator Dr. Lawrence Fisher. In 2012, she joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center as a research coordinator for Dr. Valcour's HIV Over 60 Cohort study, looking at HIV associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) in older HIV-positive individuals. Pardis is interested in pursuing an academic career in neurocognition, conducting research on the impact of long term estrogen therapy on cognition and memory in male to female transgender individuals. Pardis looks forward to mentoring aspiring queer/LGBT scientists and researchers in the future.

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