Research Team

CNI believes in clinical research as a means to advance medical discovery in acute and chronic neurological diseases.  By engaging in clinical research, we can offer experimental medications, devices and therapies to patients before they are available to the public, and provide extra attention to the sickest patients.  Our research team includes our Associate physicians who are outstanding Neuroscientists in their field, Swedish Medical Center, HealthOne and a network of dedicated non-neuroscientists and vendors. 

Alicia Novak, PhD, MBA
Director Of Research
Alicia joined CNI in May of 2012, contributing a wealth of knowledge, which she attained working as a Neuroscience Research Scientist for more than 20 years. Her professional experience includes management of research laboratories, as well as the oversight of both basic and clinical research projects. Previous to partnering with CNI, Alicia served as the Supervisor of the Neurotrauma Research Laboratory at Swedish Medical Center. There she focused on molecular mechanisms involved in stroke and traumatic brain injury. Her impressive research background has been a significant asset to CNI. Already, CNI's research program has grown by leaps and bounds. We strongly believe that with Alicia's guidance and expertise, we can continuously achieve new levels of success.  Alicia enjoys running marathons and hiking fourteener’s in her spare time as well as spending time with her husband and two daughters.
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Judith Stucky, MA, LPC
Associate Director of Research
Judith came on board at CNI in 202 after starting her career in the medical field in 1985. She has professional experience in the management of research labs and has worked in both basic and applied clinical studies, primarily in neurology and immunology. Beyond her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and General Studies, Judith has a Master's degree in Counseling with specialties in Human Research Development and Family Counseling. She is both state licensed and nationally certified as a mental health provider. Outside of CNI, she is an avid volunteer, working with Alzheimer's patients and those with traumatic brain and spine injuries. Judith and her dogs can be found most weekends competing in canine performance sports such as agility, lure-coursing and nose-work.
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Joshua Nedrud, MS
Investigator Scientist
Joshua completed his masters in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Arizona in 2011, studying the influence of the large filamentous protein titin on muscle relaxation, specifically, diastolic filling of the heart. He specialized in advanced imaging techniques and data acquisition timing at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory during his time between undergraduate and graduate training. Joshua joined CNI  in 2012 and is involved in advanced medical imaging and studying the correlation of neural activity and behavioral data obtained from patients with movement disorders, epilepsy, spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury to gain knowledge of disorder pathology, treatment and rehabilitation.
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Sara Hanrahan, PhD
Investigator Scientist
Sara Hanrahan completed her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Utah. She studied the effects of anesthesia on neural activity and examined neural activity during hand and arm movements for the development of a neural prosthesis. As an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh, Sara examined changes in neural activity during recovery from traumatic brain injury. At the CNI, Sara analyzes neural activity and behavioral data obtained from patients with movement disorders, epilepsy, spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury to gain knowledge of disorder pathology, treatment and rehabilitation.
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Nicole Martens
Lead Clinical Research Coordinator
Nicole graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a degree in Biology and she is trained as an EMT. In her role as Clinical Research Coordinator at CNI, she is passionate about addressing the need for a greater understanding of neurological conditions. Previous to joining CNI, Nicole worked at the Mental Health Center of Denver as a Residential Counselor. As a Denver native, she enjoys hiking, swimming, camping and anything in the great outdoors.
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Angela Condellire
Clinical Research Coordinator
Angela joined CNI in June and is very excited to be a part of our research team. She graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in Biology in 2015 and is eager to contribute to our field. She is extremely passionate about the fact that there is still so much to learn about neurological conditions, and is looking forward to helping work towards a greater understanding of these conditions. She herself has already been learning a great deal, and will be working on several studies here, including those focused on stroke, multiple sclerosis, and brain tumors. She is very honored to be working on such important studies, and is excited for the opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of those with neurological conditions through research.
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Tyler Irani
Clinical Research Coordinator
Tyler joined CNI in March of 2017. During his undergraduate education, Tyler studied the neuromuscular changes brought on by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease though fruit fly models, performing novel compound drug screens to assess any possible effects on lifespan or locomotor ability. After graduating from the University of Denver with a degree in Biology and Psychology in 2016, he worked as a scribe in the University of Colorado Emergency Department before joining our research team. As an aspiring physician, Tyler looks forward to learning about the human side of medical research, working on studies designed to broaden our knowledge of a variety of neurological conditions and improve the lives of those living with them.
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