CHROMOSOME 18 CLINICAL RESEARCH CENTER

Meet Our Team

We have assembled a wide range of specialists to contribute their knowledge and efforts to help us achieve our vision:

Every person with a chromosome 18 abnormality will have an autonomous and healthy life

Principal Investigators

Dr. Jannine Cody

Jannine Cody, Ph.D. is the director of the Chromosome 18 Clinical Research Center. She initially became interested in chromosome 18 abnormalities after her daughter was diagnosed with 18q-. She received her PhD in genetics from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She is also active in the world of advocacy and was awarded the Founder’s Service Award by the Genetic Alliance in 2008.

   
Dr. Daniel Hale

Daniel E. Hale, M.D. serves as the medical director of the Chromosome 18 Clinical Research Center. He is a pediatric endocrinologist and is particularly interested in the treatment of growth hormone deficiency in children with chromosome 18 abnormalities.

 

Clinical Staff

Annice Hill

Annice Hill is the project manager for the Chromosome 18 Clinical Research Center. She joined us in October, 2007. She is responsible for enrolling study participants, collecting medical records, and coordinating visits to San Antonio.

   
Minire Hasi

Minire Hasi, or “Mimi”, is a research associate. When families come to San Antonio, she accompanies them to their appointments. She graduated from medical school in Kosovo and uses those skills to review medical records and record medical information in our database.

   
Courtney Sebold

Courtney Sebold, M.S. is the Communications Director for the Research Center. She is a Genetic Counselor and helps families understand the implications of our findings. She writes articles for the annual newsletter and website and helps to write scientific manuscripts.

   
Bridgette Soileau

Bridgette Soileau, M.A. is trained is school psychology. She participates in the neuropsychological assessment process by administering and scoring neurocognitive and behavioral assessment procedures. She also coordinates the neuropsychological data base.

   
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Patty Heard is a research associate. She is responsible for running laboratory experiments that tell us more about the molecular basis of chromosome 18 changes.

 

Collaborators

Jonathan Gelfond

Jonathan Gelfond, M.D., Ph.D. is a statistician.  His main role within the research center is to help interpret the data that is collected by the Research Center.

   
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Brian Perry, M.D. is an Ears, Nose and Throat specialist. He examines the ears on all patients who come to San Antonio. The purpose of this examination is to look for any structural changes, such as narrow ear canals.

   
Dr. Sid Atkinson

Sid Atkinson, M.D. is a pediatric neurologist. He performs a neurologic evaluation on all patients that come to San Antonio. The goal of these evaluations is to learn how changes in chromosome 18 affect the nervous system.

   
Dr. Martha Schatz

Martha Schatz, M.D. is a pediatric ophthalmologist. She performs an eye exam for patients who come to San Antonio. Her goal is to learn more about how chromosome 18 changes affect vision.

   
Dr. Steven Pliszka

Catherine Cody, M.D. is a fellow in Child Psychology. Her main focus is the siblings of individuals with chromosome 18 changes. 

   
Dr. Lancaster

Jack Lancaster, Ph.D. is a radiologist at the Research Imaging Institute. Along with other specialists at the Institute, he works to understand how chromosome 18 changes affect brain structure.

   
Peter Fox

Peter Fox, M.D. is a radiologist at the Research Imaging Institute. Along with other specialists at the Research Imaging Institute, he works to understand how chromosome 18 changes affect brain structure.

   
John Li

John Li, M.D. is a radiologist at the Research Imaging Institute. Along with other specialists at the Research Imaging Institute, he works to understand how chromosome 18 changes affect brain structure.

   
Dr. Xi Tan

Edward Brooks, M.D. is a pediatric immunologist specializing in allergy, asthma and diseases of the immune system. He interviews family about their child’s history of immune system related diseases.

   
Dana Word

Dana Word, R.N. is a Research Nurse at the C.H.A.R.T. center (Children’s Health Advocacy Research Treatment) at Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital. Dana is responsible for performing growth hormone stimulation tests, drawing, processing and shipping blood samples and monitoring the children who need sedation during their MRI procedures.

   
Newstead

Ann Hamilton Newstead, Ph.D. is a physical therapist.  She works with study participants in the GAIT lab, where she is collecting data on how people with chromosome 18 changes walk.  Someday, this will provide us with information to improve orthopedic interventions and treatments as well as physical therapy.

   
Gail Walden and her dog

Gail Walden works with study participants in the GAIT lab, where she is collecting data on how people with chromosome 18 changes walk.  Someday, this will provide us with information to improve orthopedic interventions and treatments as well as physical therapy.   Also pictured is her dog, Clover. They are graduates of the Guide Dogs of Texas here in San Antonio. Clover is a 4-year old black Lab. They have been a team for a year and are going STRONG!

   

 

Office Staff

Gloria Matthews

Gloria Matthews serves as the Administrator for the Chromosome 18 Research Center, providing fiscal oversight for issues that occur related to the UTHSCSA component.  She has worked with the Research Center for the past four years providing assistance with grant submissions and budgetary issues as well as providing administrative support in other areas as needed.  The mission of the center is near and dear to her heart because of her own personal experience with a chromosomal abnormality: trisomy 21 or Down Syndrome.

   
Nora Eblen

Linda Ancira has multiple responsibilities within the Research Center, including secretarial duties, maintaining time sheets, answering incoming telephone calls, maintaining calendars for the Endocrinology and Genetics Departments. She also makes all airfare and hotel arrangements, prepares “Request for Travel” authorizations, and processes petty cash reimbursements.

 

Data Manager

David Rupert

David Rupert is the data manager for the Chromosome 18 Clinical Research Center.  He is responsible for building our center’s databases, as well as making sure we have access to the latest information technology.