More than 50 years of combined experience conducting clinical trials


Over 1000 memory assessments and evaluations conducted at AMRI


With 30 active memory trials to date



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AMRI NJ Staff


Sanjiv K. Sharma, M.D, P.I

Dr. Sharma has been involved in memory research since 2009. In 2013, he started AMRI as the principal investigator. Since then he has worked on over 20 memory related protocols. Dr. Sharma has his board certification in internal medicine as well as geriatric medicine. He is passionate about caring for patients and families worried about memory loss.

Dr. Sharma graduated from Mahatma Gandhi Medical Memorial College in Jamshedpur, India and completed his residency in internal medicine at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. In 2000, Dr. Sharma opened his private practice, Geriatric Medical Center, in Toms River, New Jersey.


Lal Ramani, M.D, Director of Operations

Dr. Ramani has over 40 years of experience working as a Medical examiner, Hospital administrator and Alzheimer’s Disease Scientist. He has acquired a vast amount of research experience with Alzheimer’s patients at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and at Cleveland Clinic before joining Advanced Memory Research Institute of New Jersey. He has experience in many areas of clinical research administration, including organizing and overseeing clinical operations, promoting Good Clinical Practices in the conduct of clinical investigations, ensuring site adherence to protocol study procedures, requirements, and timelines.


Anna Brocco
Pharm.D, MBA, Operations Manager

Anna is a graduate of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, with her doctorate in pharmacy and also a master's in business. Throughout pharmacy school and after graduation, Anna worked at Community Medical Center as a staff pharmacist specializing in IV medication preparation. Anna has brought her pharmacy skills to the office to assist in preparing and dispensing study medications. She is committed to research and works to bring new studies to our center to provide opportunities for all patients to participate. She is dedicated to the patients and families of AMRI and works hard to ensure that everyone’s experience to our center is a pleasant one.


Victoria Dioguardi
LPN, Clinical Research Coordinator, Psychometrician

Vickie graduated from nursing school in 1970 and has worked in all areas of nursing, specializing in the care of the elderly with a keen desire to improve their quality of life. She is a research professional with more then 20 years experience specializing in Memory Loss and Alzheimer's Disease, Vickie has also worked with Phase I-III of clinical trials as a coordinator, as well as a rater/psychometrician. Vickie is a proactive team player with strong organizational skills, dedicated to her patients and research projects. She is also a well established member of New Jersey's Clinical Research community.


Raji Varghese
BDS, Clincal Research Coordinator, Clinical Rater

Raji gradued from Dental school in 1996. He has over 16 years of clinical experience and 6 years of research experience. Raji also holds 3 International Publications in Neurology. At Advanced Memory Research Institute of NJ, He maintains conduct of Memory Loss & Alzheimer's related clinical trials, their adherence to protocol, requirements, and timelines. Raji's commitment to the highest standards of the industry in his role as Clinical Research Coordinator provides strong support and guidance to the studies participating patients and their families.


Ed Austin
MS, BSN, CCRC, Rater

Ed Austin has 8 years of experience in clinical research, including trial conduct, safety monitoring, recruitment, data management, and project management. His healthcare and clinical background combined with his medical research experience serves as a solid base to provide the best quality services to participants as well as to adhere to the industries highest standards. He is skilled in all study-related clinical procedures, trail project evaluation, initiation, routine and termination for Phases I-IV trials. He is involved in neurocognitive ratings, case reporting, tracking, lab support, data clarification, and quality assurance for Phase III and IV trials.



Amanda Vranas
Research Associate

Amanda has been a licensed pharmacy technician for over 10 years. The skills that she learned from working in a pharmacy setting have translated well to clinical research. Amanda began at AMRI as our front desk assistant and quickly learned to become a skilled study coordinator. She knows AMRI from the ground up and uses those skills to better our company. Amanda has a personal connection to Alzheimer’s disease and works hard to treat every patient and family with a high level of care and compassion.



Amie Green

Amie comes to AMRI with over 20 years experience in the clinical research field. She began working as the lab technician for a research office and then moved into her specialty of regulatory. Amie worked as an in-house CRA at a clinical research organization. She then returned to the site level as a study coordinator and regulatory specialist. Amie's exceptional organizational skills ensure that our site is compliant in all regulatory areas and that the quality of our work is the best in the business.



Elisabeth Storey
Clinical Research Coordinator

Elisabeth is new to the field of research, but she has learned to manage all aspects of memory care. Her compassionate and friendly attitude has been welcomed by our patients and families. Elisabeth has a background in social work where she worked with at risk youth and adults with disabilities to help prepare them for job placement. Her patience and case management skills have made her a perfect study coordinator for AMRI.



Theresa Kessler
Lab Technician

Theresa has been working with Dr. Sharma since the establishment of AMRI. She makes sure that all information and options are thoroughly explained to you before any care begins.

Her expertise, coupled with her warm and friendly way, will put you at ease so that you can focus on the important issue - getting and staying healthy!



Nicole Yellovich