It’s been a very long time coming, and honestly I wasn’t sure what to mark as our date for welcoming Clara Sanches to the lab. Let’s see–she first gave a presentation to our lab on her prior work back in March 2020, and we originally offered her a postdoc in April 2020 to begin September 2020. Unfortunately, because of the pandemic her embassy interview kept getting postponed, and honestly we started to worry about whether her visa would ever come through! With lots of wonderful help and flexibility from the UCSF International Students and Scholars Office and the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars, we were able to set up a remote-work position in December 2020 while waiting for her interview, and she was finally able to come to San Francisco in February 2021 (though, of course, we’re all still working remotely).

Clara joins us from Portugal via the ICM-Pitié Salpêtrière in Paris (the birthplace of neurology), where she did her PhD and initial postdoc with Marc Teichmann and Antoni Valero-Cabre. She brings tremendous experience in working with patients with rare neurodegenerative conditions, including advanced research on noninvasive brain stimulation in patients with progressive supranuclear palsy, behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia, and primary progressive aphasia. She has just published a comprehensive review of noninvasive brain stimulation in neurodegeneration informed by her work. Here at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center she’ll be working on our Genes, Brains and Decisions and Decision-Making in Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias projects, developing new skills in functional neuroimaging analysis. We are so glad to have her and grateful for her patience and perseverance!