Dr Sandra Reyna has accepted a position at Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard University. She will be the Assistant in Neuroscience and a Clinical Research Operations Scientist at the Neurological Clinical Research Institute! Dr. Reyna received her MD from University of San Carlos in Guatemala City, Guatemala. She subsequently pursued a research career in clinical genetics as a research physician in cardiovascular genetics for many years and became the Co-Director of the Pediatric Motor Disorders Research Program under the direction of Dr. Swoboda. She then became a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Utah, Department of Neurology. Dr. Reyna was a long-time researcher at the University of Utah, playing a significant role in the Department of Neurology’s receiving of the NeuroNEXT Clinical Trials Award and the StrokeNet Award. She has extensive experience in preparation of clinical trials and coordination of of multiple team members as well as trials involving multiple sites. Dr Reyna participated in the AHCF workshop in 2014 and has been an active physician at our Family meetings conducting the clinic with Dr Kathryn Swoboda.
Dr Laurie Ozelius, PhD, has also accepted a position at Harvard University as an Associate Geneticist in Neurology! Dr. Ozelius is a research scientist performing research in gene discovery in movement disorders and in particular identifying genes for Dystonia and Parkinson Disease. Dr. Ozelius attended Brown University where she received her bachelor in science degree. She received her PhD in Genetics from Harvard Medical School with Xandra Breakefield, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School and Geneticist, Neurology and Radiology Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, as her mentor. She completed her research fellowship in Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She then became an Associate and Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics, at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in Bronx, NY followed by Associate Professor in Genetics and Genomic Sciences and Neurology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in NY, NY. Dr Ozelius shared her expertise in the 2014 AHCF workshop and will be a valuable collaborator searching for answers for AHC.