primary progressive aphasia
The purpose of this study is to explore the benefits of regular physical activity to adult women and men providing care to family members who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Speech Language Pathology Specialist
Dr. Hubbard graduated with a BA degree in speech language pathology from the University of Tennessee and a MS degree in communication disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas. She recently completed her PhD degree in the lab of Dr. Julius Fridriksson at the University of South Carolina. Her research interests include aphasia treatment and recovery in stroke and neurodegenerative disease.
Dr. Miguel Angel Santos is a clinical research fellow in Dr. Gorno Tempini’s language group since 2013. His research focuses on studying the characteristics of both speech and limb apraxia present in patients across different neurodegenerative disease syndromes. His research methodology includes correlation of neuropsychological and psychophysical behavioral measures with brain images using various neuroimaging analysis techniques. He was born in Washington, DC where he lived until moving to Spain at the age of 17. He completed medical school at the University of Salamanca and his neurology residency at the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau in Barcelona, Spain. He research is supported by a grant from the Alfonso Martin Escudero Foundation based in Madrid, Spain.
Behavioral Neurology Fellow
Lisa Kritikos joined the Memory and Aging Center in 2014. Her primary role is managing the New Approaches to Dementia Heterogeneity research, which follows patients with the goal of learning more about dementia to improve early detection and clinical care for patients as part of the UCSF Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.
Natanya Russek graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2014 with a degree in neurobiology. At Wisconsin she contributed to research on the development of a stem cell therapy for stroke under the guidance of Dr. Matthew Jensen.
Natanya joined the Memory and Aging Center in May of 2014. She 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.
Behavioral Neurology Fellow
Carolyn Fredericks, MD, joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in July 2014 as a behavioral neurology fellow. She completed her bachelor's degrees at Brown University in classics and neuroscience, then received her medical degree from Stanford University, where she also completed her internship in internal medicine. She went on to a residency in neurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital and UCSF. Her prior research experience includes studies of genetic influences on corticolimbic circuits in individuals with bipolar disorder, functional neuroimaging studies of reward processing in both healthy and bipolar individuals, and exploration of the inflammatory response to psychosocial stress in healthy young women. She is currently working with Drs. Bill Seeley and Virginia Sturm in an effort to better understand the effects of genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease on psychosocial measures and intrinsic brain connectivity.
Behavioral Neurology Fellow
Julio Rojas received his medical degree from the Tecnológico de Monterrey School of Medicine in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. He completed his doctoral studies in neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin with a dissertation on Strategies of neuroprotection in an in vivo model of retinal degeneration induced by mitochondrial dysfunction. He completed neurology residency at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. In 2014, he joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center where he is a behavioral neurology fellow. Dr. Rojas is part of the Clinical Trials team led by Dr. Adam Boxer in which he participates in patient evaluation and monitoring. He provides care to patients with various neurodegenerative disorders and collaborates in the evaluation of patients for the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC), frontotemporal dementia program project grant and Rapidly Progressive Dementia Program. Dr. Rojas is interested in experimental neurotherapeutics, and his research focuses on biomarker development and cognitive enhancing interventions.
Senior Research Coordinator
Emma is a senior research coordinator working on Dr. Boxer’s clinical trials and is the primary study coordinator for a phase I corticobasal syndrome and progressive supranuclear palsy treatment trial.
Asst. Clinical Research Coordinator
Originally from upstate New York, Noelle graduated from Duke University in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience and a history minor. While attending school, she worked as a research assistant in Duke's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, running a study examining the effects of acute stress on memory retention. She also spent a summer working for the Behavioral Lab in the Duke University Fuqua School of Business studying social mimicry in anorexic subjects. Outside of her academic interests, she worked as the Program Director of Duke’s backpacking organization, Project WILD, in which she directed one- and two-week backpacking programs for the freshmen class. Noelle joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in June 2014 as a member of the clinical trials team under Dr. Adam Boxer. She is a research coordinator for the asymptomatic Alzheimer’s disease trial.