In our July 2022 newsletter, we highlighted the people who recently joined our Center's team.
Izzy Anaya Carmona is a second-year medical student currently focusing on his summer research project at the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center. He works directly under Dr. Kimiko Domoto-Reilly and Dr. Karen Torres to investigate and apply effective methods to recruit members of the Latinx community in research, specifically in Alzheimer’s research. As a student volunteer, he will help conduct an educational intervention with the Latinx community of Sumner, WA, where our team will educate participants about Alzheimer's Disease and readiness for research participation.
"There are many experiences I am looking forward to during this summer opportunity," he says. "One of them is being able to experience how interdisciplinary teams collaborate with the community of Washington and strive to enhance the community’s overall health and relationship with the scientific community, as well as establishing a foundation for advancements in Alzheimer's research in the state of Washington."
Izzy grew up in Chihuahua, Mexico, his home until he turned 15 before moving to Idaho and commencing a new life in the U.S. alongside his parents, Jose and Amelia, and siblings, Daniel and Abril. Izzy majored in Biology at Boise State University where he also ran track and cross country for 4 years. A few of his recent favorite hobbies include playing Mario kart or dominoes with his family, running, boxing, exploring cities and places with his girlfriend, and watching TV shows.
Kinsey Chapman is a new research coordinator at the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and will take over the AHEAD trial. She looks forward to learning about the clinical trials process, meeting all the participants, and working with them over the duration of the study. Kinsey graduated with Bachelor's in Science in biology from UW in 2021, and then worked as a medical receptionist at an Evergreen Health family practice clinic. Kinsey has had an interest in clinical trials and neuroscience for many years. "I am so happy to join the team and learn from everyone and contribute my knowledge to the group," she says. In her free time, Kinsey loves to cook and work on her baking skills. She has a black puggle (pug-beagle mix) named Wilson who she adores more than anything.
This spring, Nick Ensroth joined as a research coordinator at the UW ADRC. He works 50% at the UW ADRC and 50% across the street at Harborview Medical Center on a neuropalliative care study, where his team gives surveys to severe stroke patients and their family members. At the UW ADRC, Nick looks forward to administering neurocognitive tests and continuing to gain research experience. Some fun facts about Nick include that he can see his apartment from his office window, likes to run and hike, and has a passion of wristwatches.
Kristen Farris is a research coordinator in the UW Division of Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine who has worked with Dr. Angela Hanson on her clinical trials since the fall of 2020. She will be pivoting her role to coordinate the Evoke+ study at the UW ADRC. "While Dr. Hanson and I are continuing to work on her clinical trials, we are also very excited to be taking on this new project and expanding our connection with the ADRC!," says Kristen. She will be splitting her time between the Research and Teaching Building, Harborview's 9th and Jefferson Building, UW Medical Center, and the South Lake Union Campuses, so she suggests her colleagues email or text her if they are looking for her!
"I'm looking forward to learning more about the industry-sponsored side of research, as well as working with a much larger team for the Evoke+ study. For the last two years, Angela and I have mostly been a two-man team, so it will be exciting to be working with a larger community of research staff."
Previously, Kristen was a Research Assistant on the Allergy and Infectious Diseases/Solid Organ Transplant research team. She has also been helping out with the ADRC Clinical Trials team as a blinded rater. Outside of work, Kristen loves to read, cook, play board games, and travel. Her favorite activity is going hiking with my dog, Twyla.