McKnight Research Fellow
Department of Neurology
Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute
University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
1120 NW 14th Street
Miami, FL 33136
Anita Saporta, MD is currently a research fellow at the University of Miami Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute. She has experience in clinical and translational neuroscience research. Her previous research work includes brain neuroimaging from the neonatal period to adulthood and utilizing multiple imaging modalities to analyze brain function and structure (PET, MRI, DTI, MRS). She also has experience with large database management and development of clinical tools. Since her clinical training in child neurology in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she developed an increased interest in the normal and pathological development of the brain, behavior and cognition. She pursued research training in neuroimaging in reference centers including the PET Center at Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) and the Neonatal Brain Disorders Lab at UCSF (San Francisco, CA). Her current research interests include the neuroimaging markers of epilepsy severity and of normal and pathological aging.
Yamila Carmona graduated in 2005 from American University in Washington, DC with a Master of Arts in Psychology. For the past 17 years, she has worked in the field of psychiatry at research institutions including the University of Miami, George Washington University and the National Institute of Mental Health at the NIH. As a clinical research coordinator, she has conducted multiple clinical trials including federally regulated studies from initiation to completion. Yamila’s background also includes extensive training and experience with the administration of various clinician-administered rating scales and neuropsychological tests. As the Senior Clinical Research Coordinator for the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, she works with research projects focused on normal and pathological changes involving memory and cognition.
Sara J. Czaja is a Leonard M. Miller Professor of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and a Professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Miami. She is also the Scientific Director of the Center on Aging at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the Director of the Center on Research and Education for Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE). CREATE is funded by the National Institute on Aging and involves collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology and Florida State University and is focused on older adults and their interactions with technology systems in work, healthcare, and everyday living domains.
Dr. Czaja has extensive experience in aging research and a long commitment to developing strategies to improve the quality of life for older adults. Her research interests include: aging and cognition, aging and healthcare informatics, caregiving, older workers, human-computer interaction, training, and functional assessment. She has received extensive funding from the National Institutes of Health as well as other federal agencies and foundations for her research. Dr. Czaja is very well published in the field of aging and has written numerous book chapters and scientific articles. She recently co-authored a book with other members of the CREATE team concerning the design of technology systems for older adult populations and a book on training older adults. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the Gerontological Society of America. In addition, she is the current president of Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging) of the American Psychological Association. She is also a member of the National Academy of Science/National Research Council Board on Human Systems Integration and is serving on an Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Healthy Cognitive Aging and an IOM Committee on Family Caregiving for Older Adults.
Dr. Wright, the Scientific Director for the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute is a Professor of Neurology, Epidemiology and Public Health, and Neuroscience at the University of Miami. He is Chief of the Division of Cognitive Disorders in the Department of Neurology and Co-Director of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs funded University of Miami Memory Disorders Center. Dr. Wright’s research focus is on the effects of vascular risk factors and vascular damage on brain structure and function, with an emphasis on subclinical damage such as covert infarcts, white matter lesions, and brain atrophy. His research also focuses on vascular cognitive impairment with an emphasis on early cognitive changes and the interaction between aging, vascular damage, and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Wright has steered the scientific program at the U.M. McKnight Brain Institute since 2008, developing programs in keeping with its mission and that of the McKnight Brain Research Foundation, including development of a memory clinic registry, funding of a an animal behavior core dedicated to translational research related to cerebrovascular disease, and epidemiologic studies involving large cohorts. Current and past research funding include a grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study mineral metabolism in relation to vascular disease and cognition, separate grants that examine the risk factors for cognitive disorders among blacks, latinos, and whites, and a phase 2B clinical trial as part of the University of Miami Bugher Foundation/American Heart Association Center of Excellence, to study the effects of exercise and cognitive training on recovery post-stroke. In the past, a National Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association, as well as an Independent Scientist Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke have funded Dr. Wright’s work. He is a member of the American Heart Association, the American Academy of Neurology, and the Alzheimer’s Association.