ppa

primary progressive aphasia

Christa Watson, PsyD

Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Watson graduated from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology-Stanford PsyD Consortium in 2014. She has a background in psychology, developmental biology, neuroimaging and neuropsychology. Her research interests include brain development across the lifespan. She is currently working on a pediatric HIV brain imaging study with Dr. Victor Valcour.

When she is not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors, watching movies, playing soccer, and listening to jazz. She strongly believes the Golden State Warriors will be the 2015 NBA Champions.

Advancing Research and Treatment for Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (ARTFL)

The goal of this study is to support the development of FTLD therapies through a multi-site research consortium headquartered at UCSF. The study aims to determine the clinical, genetic, and biomarker profiles of FTLD syndromes where there is a strong correlation between clinical syndrome and underlying pathology (FTD-ALS, PSP, and semantic variant PPA (svPPA)). The study also aims to determine the natural history of familial FTLD using novel clinical measures.

Summary

  • Study directors: Adam Boxer, MD, PhD and Howard Rosen, MD
  • Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Recruiting?: Yes
  • Official study title: Advancing Research and Treatment for Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (ARTFL)

Sarah Dulaney, RN, MS, CNS

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Sarah Dulaney earned a master of science degree in gerontological nursing at UCSF and is certified as a Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Over the past ten years, Sarah has worked with adults with cognitive impairment in community, long term care and hospital settings. As an AmeriCorps volunteer for L’Arche USA in Portland, Oregon, Sarah lived and worked with adults with developmental disabilities and gained insight into the important role of the family caregiver. As a nursing assistant at Chaparral House in Berkeley, California, Sarah continued to develop her ability to connect with and care for confused patients. As a registered nurse on the stroke unit at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco, Sarah continues to practice her hands-on skills and offer a supportive presence to patients and families experiencing the devastation of acute brain loss.

Before joining the Care Ecosystem team at the Memory and Aging Center in 2014, Sarah worked as a Dementia Clinical Nurse Specialist and Rural Dementia Care Coordinator for the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. In addition to providing telephone-based care coordination for veterans and their caregivers living in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties, Sarah provided staff training and consultation to help prevent and reduce dementia-related behaviors in the Community Living Centers in Menlo Park, California.

Tacie Moskowitz

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Tacie grew up in the Philadelphia area and graduated from Wesleyan University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in cognitive psychology and Science in Society. As an undergraduate, she became interested in the study of memory and participated in episodic memory research that tested the usefulness of SenseCam technology developed by Microsoft Research.

Tacie's love of the outdoors and interest in UCSF's Memory and Aging Center inspired her to move to the Bay Area in August 2014. She is an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator for the Quest Diagnostics Neurobehavioral Screen.

Kirby Lee, PharmD, MAS

Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy

Kirby Lee, PharmD, MA, MAS is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco. He provides clinical services for the Complex Care Support Team and Discharge Call-Back Program at UCSF Medical Center where he consults patients and providers on medication-related issues that arise at home and during transitions in care. His research interests include the use of patient-centered health information technology to improve medication safety and health outcomes and evidence-based health care. He is developing innovative medication management services and leading projects using quantitative and qualitative research methods to optimize medication use by patients and providers.

Dr. Lee teaches geriatric pharmacotherapy and is developing practical and applied teaching methods for simulating real world clinical practice to advance students’ problem solving skills and interprofessional teamwork. He is a member of the Interprofessional Education Curriculum Development Working Group at UCSF and teaches pharmacy, medical, nursing, dental and physical therapy students in the classroom and clinic.

Christie Yeung

Research Coordinator

Christie grew up in San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from San Francisco State University in 2010 with a bachelor of science degree in apparel design and merchandising with a minor in marketing. While attending school, she became interested in gerontology and worked as a research associate at UCSF in the Department of Geriatrics under Principal Investigator Alexander Smith, MD, MPH. It was then that she put her native language, Cantonese, to use as she studied and interviewed participants for multiple studies which included the publishing of the journal article ”Perceptions of Successful Aging Among Diverse Elders with Late-Life Disability."

Outside of her career life, you will find Christie reading her favorite magazines at local coffee shops, hiking, and attending art & wine festivals. Christie joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in October 2014 working under Dr. Howie Rosen. She is a research coordinator for the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) and the Care Ecosystem study.

Care Ecosystem: Navigating Patients and Families through Stages of Care

Most dementia care today is crisis-oriented, intermittent and impersonal. The Care Ecosystem is a proactive model that emphasizes coordinated, continuous, and personalized care and aims to improve health and satisfaction for patients and their caregivers. The intervention will also try to reduce avoidable emergency room visits and hospitalizations, and delay entry into a nursing home.

 

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Gabe Marx

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Gabe grew up in the Bay Area before heading to Ohio to study neuroscience at Oberlin College, graduating in 2014. During his summers, Gabe garnered research experience by working in various neuroscience labs such as Dr. Sofia Vinogradov’s lab at the San Francisco VA researching cognitive training as a therapy for sensory deficits in schizophrenia as well as Dr. Rene Hen’s lab at Columbia University investigating hippocampal neurogenesis in rodent models. Gabe first began his work in neuroimaging while studying abroad in Budapest, Hungary. While working at the Budapest Center for Complex Systems and Computational Neuroscience, Gabe worked on advanced techniques in connectivity analysis of functional MRI data. This work was continued back at Oberlin with his advisor, Dr. Patrick Simen. There, Gabe investigated networks activated in two-point decision making paradigms through fMRI data.

Gabe joined the Memory and Aging Center in September 2014. He is an imaging core analyst and clinical research coordinator for Dr. Rosen’s Neuroimaging in Frontotemporal Dementia study—a longitudinal study aimed at determining which imaging modalities and biomarkers help predict the onset and monitor the progression of frontotemporal dementia.

Gabe currently lives in Oakland. In his free time, Gabe is an active musician and songwriter.

Gallery 190

The Memory and Aging Center has met individuals who never created art before becoming ill and are now making wonderful, intriguing artwork in the face of their illness. When the MAC moved to the UCSF Mission Bay Campus in 2012, we immediately imagined art hanging in the beautiful reception area of Suite 190.

Gallery 190, sponsored by the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC), is located in the Sandler Neurosciences Building on the Mission Bay Campus of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Paul Strain

Research Coordinator

Paul J. Strain graduated from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities in 2011 with a degree in biochemistry and a minor in German studies. Paul joined the Memory and Aging Center in September of 2014 after teaching high school life science for three years at Fremont High School in Oakland. He is a research coordinator for 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.

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