Research Labs

Dr. Nina Dronkers, PhD

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Dr. Dronkers’ lab, located at the VANCHCS Martinez facility, focuses on Veterans who are suffering from speech and language deficits. Having worked with hundreds of aphasic individuals over the years, she and her research team have come to learn that injury to certain brain areas ultimately result in specific persisting deficits.

For instance, with someone who has just had a stroke, she uses this information combined with the images from the patient’s own MRI scan to help both patient and caregivers understand what has happened to them, how the person’s language was affected, and what they can expect to see a year later.

We know which deficits need directed treatment and which will resolve spontaneously with time.

By looking at regions that have been injured vs those that are spared, we can also advise on treatment strategies that make use of the intact brain regions.

Thus, we have been able to concentrate our resources on the long-term problems that will impact the patient’s communication the most, and direct patient and clinician time appropriately.

If you would like more information about this work, please contact Dr. Nina Dronkers at the Center for Aphasia and Related Disorders, 150 Muir Road, Martinez, CA. at 925-372-2925.

Dr. Juliana Baldo, PhD

Dr. Baldo’s lab, located at the VANCHCS Martinez facility where she studies the role of specific interventions with stroke.

Dr. And Turken, PhD

Dr. Turken’s lab, located at the VANCHCS Martinez facility where he studies the role of functional MRI’s with imaging brain trauma.

Dr. Jon Green, MD, PhD

Dr. Green is board certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases. His lab, located at the VANCHCS Martinez facility.

Dr. Eugene Lee, MD, PhD

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Dr. Lee is board certified in both general and vascular surgery. His research occurs at the VANCHCS Mather campus, both in his outpatient clinic and in designated bench space, where he focuses on abdominal aortic aneurisms (AAA).

Dr. Lee has the largest study population of US Veterans diagnosed with AAA.

Dr. Jared Jagdeo, MD, MS

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Dr. Jagdeo is a board-certified dermatologist. His research occurs at the VANCHCS Mather campus, both in his outpatient clinic and in designated bench space, where he focuses on new techniques for treating scars.

Dr. Paramita Ghosh, PhD

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Dr. Ghosh’s lab is located at the VANCHCS Mather campus. Her research focus is with prostate and urologic cancers.

Dr. Diane Swick, PhD

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Dr. Swick’s lab is located at the VANCHCS Martinez facility, where she studies how post-traumatic stress disorder, concussion, and stroke affect the brain and behavior.