Meet the Team

President/CEO – Brian D. Adams, PhD

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Founder of the Brain Institute of America and dedicated to eradicating brain cancer. Our company has over a decade of experience in the noncoding RNA field, and we are using this knowledge to develop biomarkers for neurologic disorders, glioblastoma, and rare forms of brain cancer. Since the formation of my company we have made collaborations across the country to foster the development of novel RNA biomarkers to detect these disorders. Our team is dedicated to finding cures for those with this disease.

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Marketing Director – Elizabeth Posey, MS, MBA

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Ms. Posey functions as the Institutes marketing director. She has spearheaded marketing initiatives in both for- and not for- profit sectors. Her education background includes a graduate marketing certificate and an MS in Research and Statistical methods. This combination in conjunction with a BA in Psychology gives her unique insight and makes her highly qualified for this position. Ms. Posey is currently her MBA in business analytics from the California University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Posey is dedicated to furthering the company’s mission by aiding in marketing initiatives in identifying networks relevant to the mission of the Institute.

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Clinical Trials and Tumor Banking

Angela Alexander, PhD

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Dr. Alexander, operates as the Institute’s clinical director given her expertise in biospecimen banking for our research initiatives. Dr. Alexander obtained her PhD in Molecular Carcinogenesis from MD Anderson and UT Houston, and performed her postdoctoral work at MD Anderson performing breast cancer research. As a senior member of the scientific advisory board Dr. Alexander’s expertise makes her an important member of the team. The Institute has initiated collaborations with clinicians at several institutions that allow the Institute to obtain clinical specimens for biomarker assay development. Dr. Alexander will be a key advisor in guiding the Institute regarding the best practices in maintaining specimen integrity prior to biomolecule extraction.

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In Vivo Modeling and Tumorigenesis 

Lian Willetts, PhD

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Dr. Willetts, manages the Institute’s in vivo modeling and tumorigenesis program. Dr. Willetts obtained her PhD in Experimental Medicine from the University of Alberta, and is an expert in the field of intravital imaging and cancer metastasis. As a member of the Scientific Advisory Board,  her expertise allows the Institute to pursue initiatives focused on in vivo modeling of metastasis, as well as in understanding the clinical challenges associated with detection, and quantification of metastatic lesions. Dr. Willetts’ experience aligns with the mission of the Institute as metastasis post-operative measures is the leading cause of brain cancer related death.

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.Interns

Alexis Tayoun

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Ms. Tayoun, is one of the Institute’s science content creators, and is currently enrolled at the University of Scranton. Ms. Tayoun writes articles that highlights veterans affairs and brain cancer related studies, and is developing our brain puzzler program. Ms. Tayoun is interested in cancer research as well as other brain health topics, including that how diet and exercise impact on our health as we age. After graduation, Ms. Tayoun hopes to attend medical school to specialize in geriatric medicine and palliative care.

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Gabriel Ragusa

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unnamed.jpgMr. Ragusa is one of the Institute’s science content creators, and is currently enrolled at the University of Scranton, pursuing a major in Biology and a minor in Spanish. Mr. Ragusa has performed research regarding macronutrients and cellular nutrition, and writes articles regarding the implications of diet and lifestyle on brain health. Mr. Ragusa is focused on brain and brain cancer related research, and in medical trends among first responders and all those in the line of duty.

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Benjamin D. Benado

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d3b50c77-4fd2-498c-8e20-417c62c5de99-e1516211081249.jpegMr. Benado, is one of the Institute’s science content creators, and is currently enrolled at the University of Scranton obtaining a degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Mr. Benado writes articles regarding the development of chemotherapeutic treatments for glioblastoma, anaplastic astrocytoma, and other forms of brain cancer, as well as the  chemistry related to those compounds. Mr. Benado is also interested in the use of genetic engineering to treat cancers.

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Joseph Layaou

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Mr. Layaou  is one of the Institute’s science content creators, and is currently enrolled at the University of Scranton, he is interested in  Type 1 Diabetes, and how developments can be made for successful beta cell transplants in adults with Type 1 diabetes. Mr. Layaou is also interested in what causes T-cells to attack pancreatic beta-cells, and other tissues that are the basis for autoimmune diseases.

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Omar F. Allen

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Mr. Allen served in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and is currently pursuing his bachelors degree in Biology at King’s College, PA. Mr. Allen is interested in the development of virtual reality (VR) for pain management and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to reduce reliance on pain medications while simultaneously increasing the efficacy of CBT for conditions such as anxiety disorder, PTSD, and a number of phobias.

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We currently develop branding and marketing  initiatives through outreach campaigns with CodeNYCChristine E. Vrablic Photography, and Bumpsetcreative. We will continue to work with these agencies and others that effectively portray the specific initiatives developed by the Institute, in both electronic and digital form. 

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