Dr. Elizabeth Aylward has been involved in neuroimaging research for her entire career, including six years as the associate director of the Center for Integrative Brain Research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Previously, she spent 12 years as a professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Washington and worked as an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine from 1987 through 1997. She is also the director for the Office of Science-Industry Partnerships.
Thomas Bird, MD
Dr. Bird is Chief of the Division of Neurogenetics. He has a long standing interest in hereditary diseases of the nervous system. These diseases include Familial Alzheimer’s Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia, Huntington’s Disease, Hereditary Ataxias, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Neuropathies, Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, and Muscular Dystrophies. He is Director of the University of Washington Neurogenetics Clinic, the University of Washington Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence and Co-Director of the University of Washington’s Muscular Dystrophy Clinic. Dr. Bird is also medical and scientific advisor to the Jim Lambright Niemann-Pick C Research Foundation and the PNW Friends of FSH Muscular Dystrophy.
Suman Jayadev, MD
Dr. Jayadev is director of the UW Neurogenetics clinic, director of the UW Huntington Disease Center of Excellence and assistant professor of neurology.
She holds an outpatient neurogenetics clinic serving patients with Huntington disease, spinocerebellar ataxias, muscular dystrophies, Charcot Marie Tooth disease, inherited dementias and other inherited diseases. In addition to her neurogenetics clinic at UW, she also sees patients at the UW Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Memory and Wellness clinic at Harborview Hospital.
Dr. Jayadev earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and M.D. from New York Medical College. She joined UW for a residency in neurology followed by a fellowship in neurogenetics and neuroinflammation at UW.
She is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Neurological Association. She is co-leader of the Alzheimer Disease Research Center Clinical Core and the UW site principal investigator for the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network.
Ali Samii, MD
Dr. Samii is a UW professor of neurology and co-director of the Movement Disorder Fellowship. He splits his time between the University of Washington Medical Center and the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System.
His clinical interests include the management of movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, tremor, dystonia, deep brain stimulation programming and botulinum toxin injections. His research interests include deep brain stimulation; observational, imaging and therapeutic studies for Huntington disease; genetic studies for Parkinson disease; and epidemiological studies involving neurodegenerative disorders.