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What Can Biomarkers Tell Us About Neurodegenerative Disease?

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Potential therapeutic targets in misprocessed proteins

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Emotional Changes in FTD

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Virginia Sturm, PhD

Assistant Professor

Virginia Sturm, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. After undergraduate work at Georgetown University, she received her PhD degree in clinical psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and subsequently completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF. Her research centers on laboratory measurement of emotion and social behavior in patients with neurodegenerative disease.

Dr. Sturm directs the Clinical Affective Neuroscience (CAN) Laboratory located in the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and affiliated with the UCSF Center for Psychophysiology and Behavior (CPB).

Zachary A. Miller, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Zachary Miller grew up in the Washington DC metro area. He obtained an undergraduate degree double majoring in Molecular Biology and Fine Arts from Haverford College. Following this he spent two years as a research assistant at MIT’s Whitehead Institutes for Biomedical Research in Dr. Harvey Lodish’s lab. He received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and pursued medical internship as well as neurology residency training at the University of Washington.

Dr. Miller came to the UCSF Memory and Aging Center as a behavioral and cognitive neurology fellow with particular interests in enhanced creativity and visual function that can occur in the setting select neurodegenerative diseases of the language network. He completed his fellowship and is now an Assistant Professor of Neurology in the UCSF Memory and Aging Center who specializes in the care of patients suffering from cognitive decline or dementia such as Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia. His current research interests have grown to encompass the study of novel risk factors for the development of neurodegenerative disorders including neurodevelopment and chronic inflammation.

Leslie Goss

Executive Assistant

Leslie Goss assists Dr. Miller in his role as Center Director.

Anna M. Karydas

Biospecimen/Genetics Programs Manager

Anna Karydas is the Biospecimen/Genetics Programs Manager at the Memory and Aging Center. She serves as primary subject expert for the acquisition, characterization and management of biological materials. Karydas works directly with the clinical staff, including nurses and genetic counselors, to ensure accurate and efficient collection, delivery and reconciliation of biologic materials.

Memory and Aging Center hosts visiting artist program

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Marian Tse

Research Coordinator

Marian Tse joined the Memory and Aging Center in 2006 as a clinical research coordinator. Her primary role is administering cognitive tests to Chinese patients at different outreach sites and in the MAC clinic. Prior to joining the MAC, she worked for various research labs at UCSF.

In her free time, Marian enjoys hiking, cooking and singing.

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臨床實驗研究員

謝女士於二零零六年加入記憶力研究及治療中心,擔任臨床實驗研究員一職 。其主要職責是替華裔病人作記憶力測試;並將評估結果呈交本中心之神經專科医生作綜合評估病症之用 。與此同時,她更負責為病人、家屬或看顧者作即時傳譯,使我們的專科医生能對病人之病徵作深入了解。她是本中心與各外展診所 及病人之聯絡橋樑。工餘之時,謝女士喜歡遠足,烹飪及唱歌。

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