Samantha Pierce

Samantha Pierce is a recent graduate from Connecticut College with a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Neuroscience. She joined our team in November 2016 as our Clinical Research Coordinator.

Throughout Samantha’s college career, she had three separate research based internships. In 2012, she worked for the State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health, as a data collector on a nationwide project looking at mental disorders and dysfunctions in relation to gun violence.

After that, Samantha’s research topics mainly focused on mental health topics including but not limited to the affects of mild chronic stress on memory and learning. She has presented her research at the 2015 Society of Neuroscience Conference in Chicago as well as the 2016 NEURON Conference at Quinnipiac Universtiy.

Due to Samantha’s work in the research field, she is well versed in everything from data entry and analysis to creating and performing her own research project.

Samantha is the lead CRC on the Biohaven clinical trial of trigriluzole, focused on Spinocerebellar Ataxia Types 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8. She is also helping to coordinate the Schmahmann lab’s contribution to the Clinical Research Consortium of the National Ataxia Foundation’s natural history of Spinocerebellar Ataxia Types 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, and 10.

Samantha plans to pursue a career as a physician and will be with us for the next couple of years until she heads off to medical school.

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