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Erica Johnson

Research Associate

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.

Carole Scherling, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Carole Scherling, PhD, is a postdoctoral student at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. After undergraduate work at the University of Ottawa, she completed a masters degree in neurological sciences at McGill University and a doctorate in behavioral neurosciences at the University of Ottawa. Her past research focused on mild clinical impairments in both healthy and clinical populations using MRI and fMRI techniques, neuropsychological assessments and biological markers. Her current research centers on behavioral and neurophysiological measurements of insight and cognitive abilities in patients with neurodegenerative disease.

Dena Dubal, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Dubal received her MD and PhD degrees from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Her graduate research with Dr. Phyllis Wise focused on effects of hormones on stroke injury. Dr. Dubal completed a medical internship and neurology residency at UCSF, where she also served as chief resident. She then trained with Drs. Lennart Mucke and Bruce Miller, who shared the 2011 Potamkin Prize in Neurodegeneration. Dr. Dubal is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at UCSF and directs the Laboratory of Neuroscience and Aging research. Her laboratory's research focus is on how to slow or block aging to prevent diseases of the aging brain, such as Alzheimer's. She is a recipient of the Paul Beeson Career Development Award through the NIA and American Federation for Aging Research.

Information on Dr. Dubal's Laboratory for Neuroscience and Aging Research can be accessed at www.duballab.org.

Georges Naasan, MD

Neurologist, Clinical Instructor

Dr. Georges Naasan received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He completed an internship in medicine and a residency in neurology at Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals of Cleveland. He joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2011 where he is a Clinical Instructor and a Behavioral Neurology Fellow.

As a neurologist, Dr. Naasan evaluates patients and research participants with various neurodegenerative disorders through a multidisciplinary approach and provides follow-up care. He is particularly interested in the psychotic manifestations of neurodegenerative diseases such as hallucinations and delusions. During his residency, he used functional MRI imaging techniques to study the anatomy of misidentification delusions such as the Capgras syndrome.

Mild to Moderate Alzheimer's Disease Trial with Crenezumab

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Crenezumab, an amyloid antibody, in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.

Summary

  • Study director: Adam Boxer, MD, PhD
  • Sponsor: Genentech, Inc.
  • Recruiting?: Closed to enrollment, but continuing follow-up
  • Official study title: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo Controlled, Parallel-Group, Multicenter, Phase II Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of MABT5102A in Patients With Mild to Moderate Alzheimer's Disease (ABBY)

Andrew Trujillo

Research Associate

Andrew joined the Seeley Selective Vulnerability Research Laboratory in June 2011 as an Imaging Research Associate. He graduated from Pomona College in 2009 with a bachelor of arts degree in cognitive science. Andrew comes to the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC) after having completed a two year apprenticeship at Stanford University where he worked on neuroimaging projects related to reward processing. Andrew assists with fMRI data collection and analysis across multiple projects including the Autonomics study.

Alissa Nana Li, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Alissa joined the Seeley Selective Vulnerability Research Laboratory in 2011 as a post-doctoral fellow. Her background is in neurodegeneration research. Alissa completed a BSc degree with honors in biomedical science in 2004 and a PhD degree in anatomy in 2009 from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where she investigated the variable pattern of cortical neuronal loss in Huntington’s disease. In the Seeley lab she is investigating the selective vulnerability of von Economo neurons (VENs) in frontotemporal dementia.

Allen Lee

Research Coordinator

Allen Lee graduated from UC San Diego in 2009 with a bachelor of science degree in physiology and neuroscience. At UCSD he pursued an interest in psychology and the brain by minoring in psychology and working with a great team in a psychology laboratory. Through that he had the opportunity to work in clinical and neuropsychological research with Parkinson's disease patients under a neurologist at the VA Medical Hospital. Allen has also done clinical research at the UCSD Medical Center Emergency Department that furthered his passion in medicine.

Allen joined the Memory and Aging Center in July 2010. He helps coordinate for the Chinese participants in the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center's study New Approaches to Dementia Heterogeneity, which longitudinally follows individuals in hopes of developing new ways to improve early detection and clinical care for patients with dementia.

Besides long walks on the beach, Allen enjoys learning new languages and playing all kinds of sports, especially tennis and basketball.

Norbert Lee

Staff Research Associate

Norbert Lee joined Dr. Seeley's Selective Vulnerability Research Laboratory as a Staff Research Associate in 2010. He assists with brain banking and other histology technician functions.

Shubir Dutt

Imaging Core Associate

Shubir Dutt works with the Imaging Core within the UCSF Memory and Aging Center.

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