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  • Jacinda Sampson

    Jacinda Sampson

    Clinical Associate Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

    Bio Dr. Jacinda Sampson received her MD and a PhD in biochemistry from University of Alabama at Birmingham, and completed her neurology residency and neurogenetics fellowship at the University of Utah. She served at Columbia University Medical Center prior to joining Stanford University Medical Center in 2015. Her areas of interest include myotonic dystrophies, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and neurogenetic disorders such as neurofibromatosis, hereditary spastic paraparesis, spinocerebellar ataxia, among others. She is interested in clinical trials for treatment of neurogenetic disorders, and is the clinical application of next-generation genomic sequencing to genetic testing.

  • Veronica E. Santini, MD, MA

    Veronica E. Santini, MD, MA

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Please see our website @

  • Robert Sapolsky

    Robert Sapolsky

    John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professor and Professor of Neurology and of Neurosurgery

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Neuron death, stress, gene therapy

  • Jessica Schrouff

    Jessica Schrouff

    Postdoctoral Research fellow, Neurology and Neurological Sciences

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Jessica's research is aimed at investigating how the brain can maintain and store new information. Her project studies the three phases of human episodic memory: (1) the encoding, which is the processing of incoming information, (2) the consolidation, during which a permanent record of that information is created and maintained, (3) the retrieval, which consists in retrieving the information on purpose. To this end, she will develop novel machine learning approaches.

  • Neil Schwartz, MD, PhD

    Neil Schwartz, MD, PhD

    Clinical Associate Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My clinical interests involve inpatient and outpatient care of patients with neurovascular diseases, mostly ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. I have a particular interest in cervical artery dissection, non-atherosclerotic vasculopathies, and stroke in the young.

  • Sharon Sha, MD, MS

    Sharon Sha, MD, MS

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

    Bio Dr. Sha received her Bachelor?s degrees from UC Berkeley in Cognitive Science and Molecular Cell Biology, emphasizing in Neurobiology. She went on to obtain a Master?s degree in Physiology and MD from Georgetown University. She trained in Neurology at UCLA and Stanford University, and completed a clinical and research fellowship in Behavioral Neurology at UCSF, where she focused on identifying biomarkers for genetic forms of frontotemporal dementia and caring for patients with movement disorders and cognitive impairment.

    While at UCSF, she saw the majority of patients with Huntington?s disease and ataxia in clinic and research, including ENROLL HD and the Natural History Study of and Genetic Modifiers in Spinocerebellar Ataxias. She has been a member of the Hungtington?s Study Group since 2011. She is board-certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and subspecialty boarded in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.

    Dr. Sha?s clinical expertise include Alzheimer?s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Lewy Body disease, corticobasal syndrome, progressive supranuclear palsy, Huntington?s disease, ataxia, multiple system atrophy, and other dementias.

    Dr. Sha?s non-clinical time is spent conducting clinical trials in order to identify disease modifying treatments for dementia. She has a special interest in genetic forms of dementia and the cognitive impairment in Parkinsonian-related disorders.

  • Mehrdad Shamloo

    Mehrdad Shamloo

    Associate Professor (Research) of Neurosurgery and, by courtesy of Comparative Medicine and of Neurology

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests The ultimate goal of the Shamloo laboratory is to rapidly advance our understanding of brain function at the molecular, cellular, circuit and behavioral levels, and to elucidate the pathological process underlying malfunction of the nervous system following injury and neurologic disorders such as stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and autism. I aim to study the process leading to functional and behavioral malfunction in these disorders, focusing on a set of target genes/proteins.

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