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PARTNERS IN RESEARCH: CNDR || IOA || UDALL || Penn ADC
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New Staff

Iman Affan graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Psychology and Human Biology. Her experience is in epidemiological research and she is currently a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is responsible for coordinating clinical trials for Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease. She is currently working with the clinical staff in scheduling patients for study enrollment and follow-up.

Lama Chahine, MD, completed her residency in Adult Neurology at the Cleveland Clinic in June 2010 and recently moved to Philadelphia where she is the Movement Disorders Fellow at the PD&MDC. Dr. Chahine is involved in the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative study. She is also interested in symptom-based research, looking at ways to improve the quality of life of patients, such as what medications can be helpful for treating sleep problems in Parkinson’s patients.

Tiffany Lake became a full time research coordinator in November 2010. She is working primarily on a new project for the Udall core study observing activities of daily functioning in Parkinson’s patients in comparison reported quality of life of the patients and their caregivers. Tiffany has a BS from Penn State and is currently completing a Masters Thesis at Drexel University. She will be attending Drexel School of Medicine beginning in the fall of 2011. When not conducting Parkinson’s research you can find Tiffany with her cat, Mr. B., and reading physiology textbooks for fun in anticipation of her future medical studies.

James MingerJames Minger (pictured at left) has a BA in Psychology from Temple University. He is currently conducting the National Parkinson’s Foundation Registry study in an attempt to perform a short cognitive exam as well as collect blood samples from patients that come into the center to see their physicians. When not taking blood from our hard to stick participants, you can find James thinking, dreaming, playing and being hockey.

Julie Stutzbach hails from Pitman, NJ, but recently graduated from Beloit College in Wisconsin with a major in Biology. She has experience with lab and field research as well as community outreach, primarily with nutrition in public schools. Julie started working for the Neurology Department of Pennsylvania Hospital as a Community Outreach Coordinator/ Research Assistant in August of 2010. With Suzanne Reichwein and Dr. Nabila Dahodwala, Julie is helping to expand the hospitals support groups for Parkinson’s patients into underserved communities in the Philadelphia area. She is also assisting with Dr. Dahodwala’s study on understanding knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about PD in various community settings.

Baochan Tran, Abi Darin and Jacqui Rick from the Penn Udall Center for Parkinson's ResearchBaochan Tran (pictured far left) hails from the beaches of Southern California and has been braving the seasons for the past couple years in Philadelphia. After graduating with a BA in Psychology from UC San Diego, she is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology at Drexel University. Since the summer of 2010 Baochan has been the main coordinator for the PPMI study as well as for the Udall core study. When not doing Parkinson’s research you can probably find her drinking incredibly sweet beverages, going on treacherous walks to find authentic Vietnamese foods, tutoring students in West Philadelphia and rooting for the Lakers.

Jay Choi is a research coordinator at the Penn Udall Center, assisting with a project investigating the use of FDG-PET in diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2011 with a BA in Biological Basis of Behavior, and plans to attend medical school.