Stanford ADRC Administrative Core
The Stanford Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) supports the National Alzheimer’s Project Act by serving as a shared resource to promote, enable, and enhance interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research on Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease related dementia. The Stanford ADRC strategy of deep phenotyping draws together multiple levels of biological data from individual volunteers with and without cognitive impairment, who are followed over time.
The Administrative Core provides the administrative structure needed to direct and facilitate the Stanford ADRC mission. It establishes the overall scientific direction, provides a forum for planning, ensures optimal use of clinical and scientific resources, and assures compliance with institutional policies and those of the National Institutes of Health. The Administrative Core is led by Dr. Victor Henderson (ADRC director) and Dr. Katrin Andreasson (ADRC associate director), and Dr. Patricia Rodriguez Espinosa directs the ADRC program for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Victor W. Henderson, MD, MS
Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health
Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences
Dr. Henderson directs the Stanford ADRC and co-directs the Stanford master degree program in epidemiology and clinical research. His research emphasizes risk factors for cognitive aging, Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, and therapeutic strategies to maintain and improve cognitive abilities affected by cognitive aging or dementia. Dr. Henderson obtained his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and master's degree in epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health. He trained at Duke University (internal medicine), Washington University (neurology), and Boston University (behavioral neurology). He has been a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, visiting professor at the University of Melbourne (Australia), and is Honorary Skou Professor at the University of Aarhus (Denmark). He has served in leadership roles concerned with late-life cognitive disorders (chair of the Geriatric Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology) and midlife cognitive health (president of the North American Menopause Society; general secretary of the International Menopause Society). He serves on editorial boards and scientific advisory boards, and he has authored more than 300 scientific articles and chapters.
Katrin Andreasson, MD
Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences
ADRC Associate Director
Dr. Andreasson is Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, and is a neurologist who treats patients with dementia and who is also engaged in basic research in neurodegenerative disorders. Dr. Andreasson received her M.D. degree at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, completed her residency in Neurology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and carried out her postdoctoral training in the Johns Hopkins Department of Neuroscience, where she began her research studies on the function of brain inflammation in development of neurodegenerative disease. The objectives of her laboratory research are to identify specific inflammatory pathways that may be targeted to prevent and treat neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Patricia Rodriguez Espinosa, PhD
Instructor, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health
JEDI* Program Director for the ADRC
Dr. Rodriguez Espinosa is an instructor in the Department of Epidemiology & Population Health and serves as the Associate Director of Research for the Office of Community Engagement at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Her research aims to decrease health inequities among racial and ethnic minority populations, particularly Latinxs and immigrant communities, through transdisciplinary and community-engaged scholarship. She uses community-based participatory research and related approaches to understand factors that create and maintain health inequities, such as residential segregation. She uses these insights to develop novel multi-level interventions and health promotion programs that address the inequity gap. Dr. Rodriguez Espinosa is a native of Habana, Cuba, and a clinical psychologist by training.
*JEDI: Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Nusha Askari, PhD
ADRC Senior Administrator
Dr. Askari has extensive clinical research, teaching and administrative experience in neuropsychology and neuropsychiatry, with special focus on dementia. During the past two years, she has been actively engaged in research, education, and outreach efforts with caregivers of persons with chronic depression and dementia. These include caregiving psychoeducational facilitation programs and an equine guided support program, and she volunteers as a medical qigong instructor in an adult day program for persons with dementia and Parkinson’s disease. She is well versed in traditional mindfulness, meditation and healing practices and brings an East meets West integrative perspective to helping and healing. Dr. Askari is former professor and chair, department of Clinical Psychology & Gerontology (Notre Dame de Namur University). She has served on numerous research projects and chaired thesis and dissertation committees. She speaks English, Farsi, Spanish and French.
Elizabeth E. Hoyte, BS
ADRC Web Administrator
Elizabeth Hoyte, web administrator for the Stanford Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, has worked at Stanford University for over 25 years. She manages websites at Stanford for the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, as well as over 30 neuroscience research labs in addition to social media for Neurology & Neurological Sciences. When not developing and managing websites and curating content for social media, she is raising two young boys with her husband in the beautiful state of Colorado.
Mike Jaime, BS
Mike has been at Stanford for 22 years and is responsible for the financial management of both the ADRC grant as well as department ADRC support. Mike lives in Stockton, CA with his wife and younger son and has an older son in college.
Alissa Anderson, BA, MSEd
Alissa came to Stanford University and the Department of Neurology in November 2021 from the Midwest where her husband completed his PhD in Immunology at University of Iowa. Alissa brings her organizational, student & client connection, leadership, writing, and research skills to her role in administration, pivoting from a career in arts and education. Alissa looks forward to growing and learning with the Stanford ADRC Administrative Core.