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Dan Luong

Research Coordinator

Dan Luong graduated from Stanford University in 2013 with a B.S. degree in biology. At Stanford, Dan performed honors research in the Department of Neurology investigating the characteristics of a novel neuronal protein. He also spearheaded a public health program at the Stanford Emergency Department evaluating clinical tools that identify alcohol misuse and abuse in adolescents. On weekends, Dan serves as a Vietnamese interpreter and the supplies coordinator at Pacific Free Clinic, which serves uninsured populations in San Jose, California.

Dan joined the Memory and Aging Center in 2014, where he coordinates the 4-Repeat Tauopathy Neuroimaging Initiative (4RTNI). This longitudinal study aims to develop robust biomarkers to improve reliability for new treatment studies in neurodegenerative diseases and to better understand disease progression.

Matt Wynn

Research Coordinator

Matt is a study coordinator for the Hillblom Aging Network, a longitudinal study of what constitutes normal aging and what early cognitive declines are associated with neurodegenerative disease, and the Aging and Cognitive Decline project, a longitudinal study that aims at identifying the cognitive mechanisms and neural structures that underlie the decline in executive functioning observed in normal aging.

He graduated in June 2013 from UC San Diego with bachelor’s degrees in both cognitive science (with a specialization in neuroscience) and philosophy. While there, he completed an undergraduate honors thesis under the direction of Professor Ben Bergen in the Language and Cognition Lab. In his thesis project, he investigated the role of individual differences in cognitive style as they pertain to task-switching paradigms.

In addition to his studies and work, Matt enjoys many hobbies, including watching sports (the Giants, Forty-Niners, Sharks, and Warriors), reading philosophy, and traveling to nearby breweries in search of delicious craft beer.

Panos Theofilas, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Panos Theofilas is a postdoctoral fellow in the research group of Dr. Grinberg at UCSF Memory and Aging Center since 2012. His research focus is on neuropathological changes and susceptibility of subcortical brain regions in the earliest stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD). His project takes advantage of the great availability of elderly controls from the Brain Bank of the Brazilian Aging Study Group and UCSF Neurodegenerative Disease Brain Bank in order to characterize the susceptibility of brainstem nuclei in AD. Dr. Theofilas’ research methodology includes analysis of different components of human brain circuitries as a whole by combining unbiased stereology, immunohistochemistry/biochemical assays and making use of advanced 3D computer graphics for histological volume reconstructions. His academic background include a BSc degree in zoology and a MSc degree in neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh in the UK. He completed his doctorate degree at Bonn University in Germany on programmed cell death signaling pathways in animal models of temporal lobe epilepsy and acquired expertise in stereotaxic brain surgery and molecular biology techniques.

Sophie Lin, PhD

Research Coordinator

Sophie joined Dr. Adam Boxer’s clinical trials team at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2013. Sophie is the primary study coordinator for several clinical trials.

She completed her doctorate degree in pathobiology at The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine and her undergraduate degree at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.

Serggio Lanata, MD

Clinical Instructor and Behavioral Neurology Fellow

Dr. Serggio Lanata was raised in Peru, where he began his undergraduate studies in general science. He later earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Florida. He obtained his medical degree from the University of South Florida, and then completed his medicine internship and neurology residency at Brown University. He joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in July 2013 as a Clinical Instructor and Behavioral Neurology Fellow. He evaluates and treats patients referred to the MAC clinic.

Currently, he is mostly interested in the phenotypic overlap that exists between behavioral variant FTD and different psychiatric disorders, and how our understanding of bvFTD can inform our knowledge of the pathophysiology that underlies specific psychiatric disorders.

Salvatore Spina, MD, PhD

Clinical Instructor and Behavioral Neurology Fellow

Dr. Spina received his medical degree from the University of Catania, Italy. He completed a neurology residency at the University of Siena, Italy from which he also obtained his doctorate degree on mechanisms of neurodegeneration. He was trained in neuropathology of dementia syndromes at the Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center, Indianapolis in the laboratory of Dr. Bernardino Ghetti. Later, he completed an internship in internal medicine and a neurology residency at Indiana University. Dr. Spina’s research focuses on the clinicopathologic and genetic correlations in neurodegenerative dementia syndromes, with a special interest on frontotemporal lobar degeneration.

Richard Tsai, MD

Clinical Instructor and Behavioral Neurology Fellow

Dr. Richard Tsai received his undergraduate degree in molecular and cell biology at University of California, Berkeley and a joint MD/MBA degree at Drexel University. He completed a neurology residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, serving as chief resident in his last year. During his residency Dr. Tsai studied dementia and elderly populations in the developing world and worked on white matter imaging of dual task gait performance.

Dr. Tsai is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese. In addition to evaluating patients at the Memory and Aging Center, he sees patients at the Chinese Hospital and SFDPH Chinatown Public Health Center in Chinatown.

Peter Pressman, MD

Clinical Instructor and Behavioral Neurology Fellow

Dr. Pressman received a BA degree in biology and English from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He then spent three years as a research assistant at Oregon Health & Science University’s Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Center under Dr. Jeffrey Kaye. Dr. Pressman went on to receive his MD from Oregon Health & Science University, then moved to Chicago, Illinois where he completed an internship in internal medicine and residency in neurology through Northwestern University. Dr. Pressman joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2011 as a Clinical Instructor and Behavioral Neurology Fellow.

Dr. Pressman is particularly interested in communication, emotion, and sensorimotor integration in neurodegenerative diseases such as frontotemporal dementia, early onset Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. He has been awarded a Clinical Research Training Fellowship by the American Brain Foundation to pursue research on the melody of speech in neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Pressman is also a freelance writer whose work can be read on neurology.about.com.

Jee Bang, MD

Clinical Instructor and Behavioral Neurology Fellow

Dr. Bang completed her bachelor’s degree in brain and cognitive sciences at MIT. She received her medical degree from University at Buffalo. She completed her residency in neurology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She then joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center where she is a Clinical Instructor and a Behavioral Neurology Fellow. As a neurologist, Dr. Bang evaluates and treats patients with various neurodegenerative disorders and provides them with follow-up care. Her current research focuses on understanding the association between cognitive and movement disorders.

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