Aging Brain Center Team at the Institute for Aging Research

Aging Brain Center Team

Director: Sharon K. Inouye, MD, MPH
Dr. Sharon K. Inouye is the Director of the Aging Brain Center, which she established at the Institute for Aging Research in 2005.  She holds the Milton and Shirley F. Levy Family Chair and is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  Currently she is the overall principal investigator of the Successful Aging after Elective Surgery (SAGES) study, an $11 million dollar Program Project on delirium funded by the National Institute on Aging.  Dr. Inouye's research focuses on delirium and functional decline in hospitalized older patients, with more than 200 published articles to date.  She developed and validated the Confusion Assessment Method, the most widely used tool for the identification of delirium, as well as the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP), a multicomponent intervention strategy designed to prevent delirium.  Dr. Inouye has been awarded many of the highest accolades in her field, and in 2011 she was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. She teaches and mentors extensively, and conducts clinical work in geriatric medicine.  See her biography and list of publications here.

Associate Director: Eva M. Schmitt, PhD
Dr. Eva M. Schmitt is the Associate Director of the Aging Brain Center and the SAGES Study Director.  She holds a Ph.D. in Social Gerontology from the University of Kassel, Germany.  Prior to joining the Aging Brain Center she was the Director of Program Evaluations at the Institute on Aging's Research Center in San Francisco, and an evaluator of educational programs at the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California, San Francisco.


Faculty: Jane S. Saczynski, PhD
Dr. Jane Saczynski is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Quantitative Health Sciences at UMass Medical School and Assistant Director of the Meyers Primary Care Institute. She is an Adjunct Scientist at HSL and has worked with the ABC Team since 2011. Dr. Saczynski’s work focuses on long-term cognitive outcomes of delirium, postoperative cognitive decline and reversible cognitive dysfunction.

Faculty: Tamara G. Fong, MD, PhD
Dr. Tamara G. Fong is an Assistant Scientist II at the Aging Brain Center and an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fong's research focuses on the causes and treatments of cognitive decline and dementia and is supported by a K23 Career Development Award from the National Institute on Aging.  Her clinical activities include an outpatient clinic at in the Cognitive Neurology Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where she evaluates and treats patients with Alzheimer's disease, diffuse Lewy body disease, fronto-temporal dementia, vascular dementia, and mild cognitive impairment. Dr. Fong teaches clinical didactics at Harvard Medical School and has lectured on topics including delirium care in the elderly, outpatient evaluation and diagnosis of dementia, and treatment strategies in dementia.  See her biography and list of publications here.


Faculty: Thomas G. Travison, PhD
Dr. Travison is Senior Scientist and Director of Biostatistics at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife. He is a translational researcher whose work focuses on the epidemiology and treatment of loss of physical function with age and on the endocrinology of aging. He directs the Biostatistical Design and Analysis Core of the Boston Pepper aging research center, and is investigator on a number of clinical trials focusing on the maintenance and improvement of physical function, body composition and mobility in older adults. At ABC, he serves as co-Investigator on the SAGES project and directs its Data Management and Statistical Analysis Core.

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Research Associate: Asha Albuquerque
Asha Albuquerque is a Research Assistant at the Aging Brain Center. As an undergraduate, she studied cognitive & linguistic sciences and English at Wellesley College. Prior to joining the ABC team, she conducted research on the neural basis for social cognition in children with autism. She plans to pursue a career in medicine. 


Programmer Analyst II: Cyrus Kosar, MA
Cyrus Kosar is a Programmer Analyst at the Aging Brain Center.  He graduated with his bachelor's and master's degrees in economics from Boston University in 2010. While in school, he worked at the National Bureau for Economic Research as a Research Assistant. After a brief stint as a Research Analyst at Harvard's Center for Education Policy Research, Cyrus joined the Aging Brain Center team in 2011 working on the SAGES study. In addition to SAGES, he is interested in how social work interventions are tied to economic and medical outcomes, especially in palliative care settings.


Executive Assistant: Dulce Piña
Dulce Piña is the Executive Assistant to Dr. Sharon Inouye. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2012 with a dual major in Psychology and Sociology. After working in finance for a promotional products supplier for over a decade she decided to switch careers to research and healthcare. She looks forward to completing her Masters in Health Care Administration.

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Clinical Research Assistant: Sarah Rastegar, MA
Sarah Rastegar is a Research Assistant with the SAGES study. She received her master's in Psychology in 2012 from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. Sarah’s professional and educational background has focused on clinical research exploring cognitive functioning and mental health in older individuals.Before joining the Aging Brain Center, she had previously worked at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, helping to coordinate studies examining the course of, and interventions for, mild cognitive impairment and dementia.

Clinical Research Associate: Guoquan Xu, MD, PhD
Dr. Guoquan Xu is a Clinical Research Associate at the Aging Brain Center, where he conducts medical record reviews, data quality checks, and phlebotomy  He received his bachelor's degree of clinical medicine, master's, and MD/PhD degrees of surgery in China.  He completed his surgical residency in the Seventh Hospital of Shenyang and later practiced as a general surgeon in the Second Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, China from 2001 to 2005.  Prior to joining the Aging Brain Center, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center of Blood Research Institute of Harvard Medical School from 2005 to 2006 and as a Clinical Research Associate at Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute of Boston University Medical Center from 2006 to 2010.

Project Director: Jacqueline Yee
Jacqui Yee is a SAGES Project Director at the Aging Brain Center, where she directs the long-term outcomes study.  Her professional career focuses on clinical research in the areas of neuropsychology and cognitive functioning in older persons. After graduating from Brown University with a bachelor's degree in psychology, Jacqui worked at Tufts University, where she researched nutritional factors and their relation to dementia.  She then moved on to PAREXEL where she assisted in managing a number of clinical trials before joining the Aging Brain Center in 2009.

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