Nik Block coordinates the study Frontotemporal Dementia: Genes, Imaging and Emotions. This observational study aims to better characterize neurodegenerative diseases such as frontotemporal dementia with the goal of developing better diagnostic tools for the diseases.
Kendra Bechtel graduated from Hampshire College in 2011 with a bachelor of arts degree in neuroscience, bioethics and health policy. She wrote her senior thesis on Huntington's disease and presymptomatic genetic testing and completed internships with Joshua Greene's Moral Cognition lab at Harvard University and in Gender and Genomics through the 5-college consortium in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Kendra joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center CJD Team in June 2012. Kendra is the research coordinator for Dr. Michael Geschwind’s clinical research on Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and other rapidly progressive dementias. The research aims to collect clinical information to better characterize CJD and the conditions often mistaken for CJD, leading to more accurate and faster diagnosis of this rare fatal disease. Her position entails coordinating patient visits, conducting neuropsychological testing, overseeing clinical specimen collection and data analysis.
Erica Johnson works with Dr. Kate Possin on a study of visual spatial cognition in neurodegenerative disease. She also works on Parkinson's Disease Signature Imaging, funded by the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Laura Jastrzab is a research coordinator on the Aging Brain – Vasculature, Ischemia and Behavior study, which examines the links between vascular risks and brain function. She holds a master’s degree in psychology from University of Arizona.
In her free time, she enjoys cooking, BBQ-ing in her backyard, ballet, reading and finding new restaurants in SF.