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      Date(s) - 10/26/2023
      6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

      Huntington Medical Research Institutes


      A person's skull drawing showing brain inside

      Alzheimer’s disease (Photo- symbiosisonline.org)

      As a part of Huntington Medical Research Institutes’ Heart-Brain Community Education Series, experience an expert panel share unique insights on risk for Alzheimer’s disease, prevention, early detection, scientific advances, health equity, caregiver support, and more!

      This discussion will be held on the first floor of Engemann Family Auditorium.

      > To RSVP for free tickets, click here.

      Meet the Panelists

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

      Jamie Jackson was born and raised in Long Beach, CA. 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, Panelist
      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, Panelist
      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 at some of the top R01 research institutions. The research teams she has led have conducted studies involving cardiovascular patient populations such as those undergoing angioplasty and stent procedures and those diagnosed with hypertension, asthma, and various perinatal, maternal, and child health matters. Most recently she led research teams who conducted clinical trials for COVID-19 and other respiratory ailments such as idiopathic fibrosis, peripheral hypertension, and pulmonary embolisms.

      To marry her love of healthcare, research, and leadership, Tabia has a Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Organizational Change Management where her research has focused on the influence leadership styles have on the occupational experiences of physicians and how those experiences can ameliorate or exacerbate the patient experience. 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, Panelist
      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. She is committed to understanding risk and resilience factors as she leads multiple large, landmark population-based studies. Dr. Suchy-Dicey also holds external leadership positions in research methods and mentoring centers at Washington State University (WSU), the University of Washington (UW), and the University of Miami.

      At the University of Washington Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (UW ADRC), Dr. Suchy-Dicey is Co-lead of the Data Management and Statistics Core and the 2021-2022 UW ADRC Development Project Leader of the project: Plasma phosphorylated tau protein and Alzheimer’s disease in American Indians. Suchy-Dicey was awarded three current R01 grants for her continued research and novel data collection methods as part of the Strong Heart Study, including – Resilience, cultural alignment, social support, and brain aging; Psychological factors, community, and brain aging in American Indians; Bilingualism as a protective factor of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) in American Indian adults.

      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 is the President and CEO of Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI). She brings to HMRI extensive experience as a successful scientist and strategic leader. Dr. Bradsher directs the organization in its focused growth strategy with the vision of being 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. Dr. Bradsher has also served on several boards of nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies. She is a Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and an NACD-certified corporate director.

      Dr. Bradsher serves as a role model, inspiring women leaders and scientists to pursue their goals by empowering diverse teams and fostering a culture of inclusivity. Her contagious enthusiasm motivates teams to passionately pursue breakthroughs, contributing to the vibrancy and progress of the SoCal biotech research community.


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