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Delia Zhou

Administrative Manager, Neurodegenerative Disease Brain Bank

A San Francisco native, Delia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago, where she majored in environmental studies and minored in creative writing. Prior to joining the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, she worked as a clinical research assistant with the Hospitalist Study at the Bernard A. Mitchell Hospital and as an operations analyst with the UCSF Department of Medicine central administration team at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. At the Memory and Aging Center, she works with Dr. William Seeley to manage the Neurodegenerative Disease Brain Bank, facilitating both the participant donation process and requests for tissue from investigators researching neurological disease.

Helen Harrison

Clinical Research Coordinator

Helen Harrison graduated in the spring of 2016 from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA degree in public health. She is interested in neuroscience, behavioral health and medicine, and she hopes to encourage the use of artistic narratives in science and medicine as her academic career progresses. Helen's painting, Learning/Unlearning was published in the 2016 issue of Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine.

Prior to working with the Valcour Lab, Helen completed an undergraduate thesis project on the blood-brain barrier as a therapeutic target for cognitive decline in the Kaufer Lab at UC Berkeley and worked in the Regional Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Administration of Kaiser Permanente Oakland studying intravenous and oral ketamine as a therapy for treatment-resistant depression with Dr. Alison McInnes. In her spare time, Helen enjoys the outdoors, listening to podcasts and furthering her art practice.

Lauren Chang

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Originally from San Jose, Lauren graduated from the University of Washington – Seattle in 2014 with a degree in psychology. She continued to explore the field of psychology by working as an applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapist for children with autism, which sparked her interest into moving back into the research field. She previously worked at the Center for Imaging of Neurodegenerative Diseases (CIND) within the UCSF Radiology department on two different Alzheimer’s related studies, one looking specifically at possible connections between post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and Alzheimer’s disease, and the other looking to get FDA approval on a tau PET imaging tracer. At the MAC, Lauren works with Dr. Valcour to coordinate his international acute HIV studies and his HIV over 60 studies.

Kirsten Rogers

Program Manager

Kirsten Rogers joined the MAC team in 2016 as the project manager of the Dementia Care Pathway project, led by Dr. Bruce Miller and Dr. Kate Rankin. This Quest Diagnostics-supported initiative translates best practices in screening, evaluating, and managing dementia and neurodegenerative disease into tools for primary care practitioners and their patients. As project manager, Kirsten works with investigator led teams to pilot, enhance and implement these tools in the community.

Kirsten earned her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in human biology with concentrations in international health and infectious disease. She is particularly interested in working to address health disparities in marginalized populations and engaging vulnerable communities in research through outreach and education.

In her free time, Kirsten enjoys hiking, marathon running, traveling and volunteering.

Jennifer Daniels

Research Coordinator

Originally from Virginia, Jen graduated from Penn State in 2014 with dual degrees in biology and psychology. After graduating, she worked teaching anatomy and physiology labs and as a research assistant on the Early Growth and Development Study at Penn State. Her love of the outdoors led her to San Francisco, and her interests in neuroscience, infectious disease, and public health led her to the Valcour Lab. Having formerly volunteered with Global Medical Brigades in Panama and Ghana, Jen is excited to continue to have a global impact through biomedical research. Jen now coordinates participant visits with Dr. Valcour’s HIV Over 60 and HIV Elders studies, as well as manages data and protocols for the SEARCH Thailand acute HIV studies. Outside of work, Jen enjoys hiking, yoga and playing guitar.

Melanie Stephens, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Melanie Stephens is an Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center within the Department of Neurology.

Mariella Lauriola

Visiting Scholar

Mariella Lauriola is a PhD degree candidate in Neuroscience, Imaging and Clinical Sciences at the University “G. d’Annunzio” of Chieti-Pescara (Italy). She got her bachelor degree in biological psychology at the University of Padova (Italy) and her Master of Science degree in Psychology (curriculum of Neuroscience) at the University of Trento (Italy). Her main research interests during the last years have been normal and pathological aging, sleep, neuroimaging and cognition. As a part of her PhD clinical and research training, she is now visiting at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, where she is actively involved in data collection and neuropsychological evaluation of research participants, working closely with both Dr. Gil Rabinovici and Dr. Joel Kramer. In addition to her work, Mariella loves sports, nature and animals.

Fanny Elahi, MD, PhD

Behavioral Neurology Fellow

Dr. Elahi is a clinical fellow in behavioral neurology.

Joanne Taylor, MS, LCGC

Genetic Counselor

Joanne Taylor received her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and her master’s degree in genetic counseling from UC Berkeley. She worked at Stanford University for more than 20 years in a prenatal clinic advising patients about inherited diseases and testing options.

Joanne joined the Memory and Aging Center at UCSF in 2016 as part of the genetic counseling team. She helps families understand the genetic component of neurodegenerative diseases.

HIV Elder Study

The goal of this study is to determine the efficacy of mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) to alleviate stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms and improve attention among patients aged 60 or older who suffer from HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) and have maximized treatment options.

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