• A person's skull drawing showing brain inside

      Alzheimer’s disease (Photo- symbiosisonline.org)

      On the evening of October 26, an expert panel will share unique insights on risk for Alzheimer’s disease, prevention, early detection, scientific advances, health equity, caregiver support, and more!

      By News Desk

      This program is a part of Huntington Medical Research Institutes’ Heart-Brain Community Education Series.

      Meet the Panelists

      • Jamie Jackson
        Former Coach and College Athletics Administrator, Full-time Alzheimer’s Caregiver

      Jamie Jackson was born and raised in Long Beach. She spent her youth doing all things aquatic (swimming, water polo, surfing, paddle boarding, ocean lifeguarding). She went on to swim collegiately for the University of San Diego where she majored in Psychology. Post college, Jamie began her career as a swim coach. First coaching at the club and high school level before moving up to the collegiate level; spending time at both the University of San Diego (USD) and Oregon State University (OSU). In 2016, after 10 years of coaching, Jamie transitioned into college athletics administration, making the move to the OSU athletics business office.

      In Nov. 2021, Jamie returned to Long Beach to work remotely and assist in caretaking duties for her dad who has Dementia. In Dec. 2022, Jamie transitioned out of remote work and into a full-time caretaking role.

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      • Yafa Minazad, DO, MMM
        Board Certified Neurologist and Neurophysiologist, HMRI Visiting Professor

      Dr. Yafa Minazad is a board-certified Neurologist and Neurophysiologist. She is one of the co-founders of Southern California Neurology Consultants (SCNC) group in Pasadena. SCNC is a multi-specialty Neurology group offering sub-specialist neurology care in various areas of Neurological disorders including epilepsy, stroke, headaches, and others. SCNC provides Neurohospitalist services at Huntington Hospital including stroke care.

      Dr. Minazad completed her undergraduate degree at UCLA followed by medical school at Western University of Health Sciences. After that, she attended the Neurology residency program at LAC-USC. After completing her residency in 2004, she entered the Neurophysiology fellowship program at LAC-USC with an emphasis in Epilepsy and Intraoperative monitoring. Dr. Minazad started her career as the Medical Director of the Neurophysiology laboratory at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, CA. Under her leadership, Huntington Hospital developed a comprehensive in-house Neurodiagnostic laboratory program.

      In pursuit of her passion for program development and leadership, she completed a Master’s program in Medical Management at USC Marshall School of Business. She currently serves as a visiting professor at HMRI assisting with the Brain Aging Study.

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      • Tabia Richardson, PhD, MPH
        Associate Vice President of Community Education and Health Equity at Alzheimer’s LA

      Dr. Tabia Richardson has over 25 years of clinical trial and Public Health research experience. She has a Master of Public Health with a focus on Community Health and Disease Prevention.  Her passion for ameliorating health disparities has afforded her opportunities to direct research teams and studies throughout the United States.

      To marry her love of healthcare, research, and leadership, Tabia has a Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Organizational Change Management. The common focus of her academic and research experience has been her passion to help ameliorate health disparities. Thus, in her current role as Associate Vice President of Community Education and Health Equity at Alzheimer’s Los Angeles, she leads a department of community health educators and other public health professionals whose expertise positively impacts the experiences of care partners of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

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      • Astrid Suchy-Dicey, PhD
        HMRI Associate Professor, Clinical Neurosciences Director, Brain Aging Study

      Dr. Astrid Suchy-Dicey, Associate Professor, Clinical Neuroscience and Director of the Brain Aging Study at HRMI is an epidemiologist dedicated to unraveling health disparities in neurodegenerative disease. Her research focuses on enhancing the methodology for analyzing and interpreting data related to imaging, biomarkers, cognitive testing, and social determinants pertaining to Alzheimer’s and vascular diseases, especially in American Indians, Alaska Natives, and other marginalized populations.

      Dr. Suchy-Dicey earned her PhD in epidemiology at the University of Washington, where she also earned her Master of Science, with dual concentrations in Public Health Genetics and Quantitative Methods. There she trained under top methodologists, providing the foundation for her expertise and contributions to the field.

      Her research interests include: Epidemiology of chronic diseases related to aging; Complex systems of balance in human physiology; Health disparities in U.S. minority populations.

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      • Julia Bradsher, PhD, MBA, Moderator
        HMRI President and CEO

      Dr. Julia Bradsher, President and CEO of Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI), is a leading biomedical research institute within the United States. She heads HMRI’s research, education, community engagement, and fundraising efforts.

      Before joining HMRI in 2018, her roles included President and CEO of the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI), President and CEO of the International Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), and leadership and management roles in the pharmaceutical industry. She has occupied faculty and teaching positions at the University of California, San Francisco; Sonoma State University; and San Francisco State University; and she was a research scientist at the New England Research Institute.

      Her advanced degrees include a PhD in Medical Sociology from the University of Miami, an MS in Gerontology from Baylor University, a BS in Psychology from Millsaps College, and an MBA from Suffolk University. She completed the Pew Charitable Trusts Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Policy in a joint program at the University of California, San Francisco’s Institute for Health and Aging.

      HMRI Alzheimer's Discussion 
      October 26, 2023
      6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
      Huntington Medical Research Institutes
      Engemann Family Auditorium 1st Floor
      686 S. Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105
      RSVP for free tickets, click here

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