People

Charlie Toohey

Manager of Technology and Data Management

Charlie Toohey is the Manager of Technology and Data Management at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. He is the senior software architect for the LAVA Clinical Research Management System, a comprehensive database of patient assessment, laboratory and diagnostic data which supports many inter-related research protocols. LAVA source code is available on GitHub in the “lava” repository.

Winnie Tsou

Technical Project Manager

Winnie brings extensive experience in project management, software development and web technologies to the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) through her work across many industries including non-profit scientific publishing, biotechnology, human resources software, consulting and legal services.

Elena Tsoy, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Elena Tsoy, PhD, was awarded her PhD degree in counseling psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She completed her predoctoral internship in clinical psychology at Tewksbury State Hospital and started her postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2018.

Torie Tsuei

Staff Research Associate

Torie is a research associate in the Memory and Aging Center who manages the International NeuroHIV Cure Consortium imaging archive at UCSF. She is a recent graduate of the UCSF Masters of Science in Biomedical Imaging program, where she completed her thesis examining longitudinal changes in brain integrity during HIV using diffusion tensor imaging.

Miwa Tucker

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Miwa is an assistant clinical research coordinator in the Longitudinal Brain Aging Program led by Dr. Joel Kramer.

Ana Tyler

Program Manager

Ana Tyler, JD, MA, received her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and her law degree with a concentration in health law and policy and master’s degree in bioethics from Case Western Reserve University. After completing a fellowship in Clinical Ethics from Sutter Health (California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco), she worked as a clinical ethicist at Beaumont Health in the metro Detroit, Michigan area.

Dilanaz Unal

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Naz works on the ARTFL-LEFFTDS Longitudinal Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (ALLFTD) study, a multisite research consortium.

Victor Valcour, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine
Executive Director, GBHI

Dr. Valcour is a Professor of Medicine with a shared appointment in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and the Department of Neurology. His work crosses disciplines to research and care for cognitive disorders in aging populations and to understand brain injury in the setting of HIV among all ages, including funded pediatric HIV studies. His clinical work involves consultations for patients with cognitive disorders at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center.

Lawren Vandevrede, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

As an Assistant Professor of Neurology at UCSF, Dr. Lawren Vandevrede's overarching goal is to provide outstanding clinical care to patients with dementia and their caregivers. He completed his medical training in Chicago, where he also obtained a PhD degree in neuroscience working with his mentor to develop novel therapeutic agents for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Sarat Vatsavayai, PhD

Specialist

Sarat Vatsavayai received a master of science degree in Human Genetics from Andhra University, India. He then did his doctoral work in the field of Huntington’s disease at the Open University, UK, where he was characterizing a novel mouse model and was trying to find out if DNA repeat instability could modify disease progression. In July 2013, he joined Dr.

Stephanie Vento

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Stephanie is an assistant clinical research coordinator for the 4RTNI-2 study and the Boxer Lab. She has a BS degree in psychology from Northeastern University and has previously worked as a research assistant in the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD and with Dr. David Barlow at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders.

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