Jaime Fernandez-Arias, MSc
Jaime Fernandez-Arias joined the MCSA as a PhD student in September 2019. As a PhD student, he will be taking over the P.O.N.D.E.R. project, which aims at creating an online cognitive training for elderly people who may develop dementia while, at the same time, evaluating whether the cognitive profile of a large sample may serve the purpose of predicting those who would be at a higher risk for dementia. He received the following university degrees: BSc in Psychology from Universidad de Oviedo, Spain. 2008-2014; MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology from the VU Amsterdam; the Netherlands. 2014-2016 and MSc in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas, USA. 2017-2019. His main research project involves the study of the relationship between a second-generation tau PET ligand and episodic memory in the Alzheimer's Disease spectrum
Yi Ting (Tina) Wang
Ms. Wang joined the MCSA as a PhD student in September 2019. She is interested in the impact of genetics on neuroinflammation, amyloid and tau pathology in Alzheimer’s Disease. Tina will use multimodal imaging techniques (with a focus on Positron Emission Topography) and fluid biomarkers to study the association between genetics and different AD biomarkers, as well as how it is related to AD aetiology and progression.
Joseph is a PhD student working on biomarker modeling of Alzheimer’s disease, with a focus on Positron Emission Tomography. The goal of Joseph’s research is to understand what proteins become abnormal in Alzheimer’s disease before people develop symptoms, and how these proteins are related to genetics and brain function.
Cécile Tissot, MSc
Cécile is a PhD candidate currently investigating novel radiotracers of positron emission tomography, that can be used in research. She also studies how those are related to blood-based biomarkers. She is particularly interested in making the diagnosis of atypical dementias easier.
Peter Kunach, MSc, PhD Candidate
Peter is currently working on understanding the interactions between the small molecules used in PET imaging and tau proteins found in Alzheimer Disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.
M. Sc. Students
Kely Quispialaya Socualaya, MD
Kely is a certified physician and surgeon from Universidad Peruana Los Andes in Peru. She joined MCSA in June 2016 and received a diploma in clinical research from McGill University. Presently, she is working as a research assistant collaborating with the Translational Neuroimaging Laboratory.
Firoza is currently investigating possible associations between behavioral symptoms and Alzheimer's disease pathophysiology in both healthy and clinical populations. She is completing her degree in neuroscience at McGill University.
Arthur is a Medical Doctor from Brazil who recently joined the research team as a Master's student. He will be working with biomarkers for Alzheimer's Disease staging and is very excited to contribute to the high-quality research produced by the MCSA team.
Alyssa Stevenson is a Psychology undergraduate student at Concordia University. Alyssa joined MCSA in May 2019 as a Research Assistant and is presently doing data entry for the Triad Cohort Study. Alyssa is grateful for the opportunity to grow and work alongside such warm and esteemed colleagues.