People

Collette Goode

Clinical Research Coordinator

Collette coordinates the Brain Health Assessment study, led by Dr. Kate Possin, which aims to develop a set of cognitive tests to detect mild neurocognitive disorders in older adults of varying medical, cultural and educational backgrounds. She also works closely with primary clinics implementing the Brain Health Assessment in their practice and with Dr. Kate Possin and Dr.

Andrea Gorham Vargas

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Andrea graduated from Cornell University in May 2022 with a major in Biology & Society and a minor in Latin American Studies. She joined the MAC in June 2022 as an assistant research coordinator in the Dementia Imaging Genetics Lab, coordinating a study that aims to identify how early-disease-specific neural circuit differences develop in children carrying mutations causing frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Marilu Gorno Tempini, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry

Dr. Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini is a behavioral neurologist and holds the Charles Schwab Endowed Professorship in Dyslexia and Neurodevelopment. She currently directs the Language Neurobiology Laboratory at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and co-directs the UCSF Dyslexia Center. She obtained her medical degree and clinical neurology specialty training in Italy and has a doctorate in the neuroimaging of language from University College London.

Harli Grant

Program Manager

Harli manages the NIH-funded Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and the New Approaches to Dementia Heterogeneity project, an NIH funded research program.

Lea Grinberg, MD, PhD

Professor

Dr. Lea Grinberg is a neuropathologist specializing in brain aging and associated disorders. She received her medical and doctorate degrees in São Paulo, Brazil. In 2003, Dr. Grinberg, along with colleagues from several disciplines, founded a brain bank in São Paulo that has developed into an extremely prolific and highly regarded institution. Her doctorate work was focused on the neuropathology of frontotemporal lobar degeneration. From 2007 to 2009, Dr.

Suvi Haekkinen, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Suvi Hakkinen is a postdoctoral scholar in the Dementia Imaging Genetics Laboratory led by Dr. Suzee Lee. She received her PhD degree from the Department of Psychology and Logopedics at the University of Helsinki in 2018, where she completed her dissertation on the functional organization of the human auditory cortex during active auditory tasks. She joined the Memory and Aging Center in 2018 to deepen her understanding of various neuroimaging methods and their relevance to clinical research.

Tobias Haeusermann

Specialist

Dr. Tobias Haeusermann is a sociologist in the UCSF Decision Lab with Dr. Winston Chiong, where his research aims to understand the ethical concerns in existing clinical applications of closed-loop neuromodulation in epilepsy, movement disorders and mood disorders.

Emily Hardy

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Emily Hardy is an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator in the Perry Lab.

Carmen Hart

Program & Events Coordinator, GBHI

Carmen Hart is the Program and Events Coordinator for the Global Brain Health Institute. She works closely with the Executive Director and GBHI senior staff to coordinate, manage, and plan key aspects and activities of GBHI and the Atlantic Fellows program. She brings extensive expertise in event planning, project coordination, marketing and sales in the healthcare, media, technology and luxury hospitality industries. Before joining GBHI, she managed a contact center team at George P.

Joanna Hellmuth, MD, MHS

Assistant Professor

Dr. Joanna Hellmuth is a neurologist with sub-specialty training in cognitive and behavioral neurology. She practices at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, where she evaluates and manages patients with mild cognitive impairment; neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, Lewy body disease, frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia; and patients with HIV-related cognitive changes. Dr.

Cesar Hernandez

Data Liaison

Cesar holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and ecology from the University of California, Davis and a Master of Public Health in epidemiology from Boston University. Prior to joining the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, Cesar worked in the Women’s Health Clinical Research Center (WHCRC) at UCSF managing data for the San Francisco Mammography Registry (SFMR) database and various clinical trial studies.

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