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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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Staff


Sanjiv K. Sharma
M.D. – Principal Investigator

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 35 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 who are 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 Research

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 the Cleveland Clinic before joining AMRI. 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, and ensuring site adherence to protocol 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.


Chamerra Johnson
Operations Assistant Manager

Chamerra graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a Health Education Certificate from Rutgers University. She has over 10 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Chamerra's background in patient access, compliance, administration, and operations management combined with her passion for advancing public health has settled well in clinical research. She is devoted to improving internal operations and developing AMRI to further our mission to provide comprehensive care and resources to a wider range of patients and families.


Victoria Dioguardi
LPN - Clinical Research Coordinator & Neuropsychometric Rater

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 than 20 years of 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.


Mayerlin S. Corao
BSN – Clinical Research Coordinator

Maya graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, specializing in Emergency Medicine. During these years she has worked in all areas of nursing. In 2012, she received an additional certification in Occupational Health. She is a licensed Phlebotomy Technician, a Basic Life Support (BLS) instructor by American Heart Association and a Blood Donor Ambassador volunteer in American Red Cross. She joined the AMRINJ family as a Clinical Research Coordinator this year; her personality, bilingualism, organizational skills and team-work spirit have become the perfect match for her growing career in this field.


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.


Lauren Bawiec
Clinical Research Coordinator

As a recent graduate from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Lauren’s educational coursework and various internship and volunteer experiences have helped her succeed in the Clinical Research Coordinator role. Passionate about Public Health, she is committed to improving the lives of many by providing individualized treatment and care to patients and families.


Lacey Fitch
Clinical Research Coordinator

Lacey graduated in 2012 with a degree in Biology from Middle Tennessee State University. Prior to joining AMRINJ as a Clinical Research Coordinator, she worked for a department that was charged with the protection of human subjects in research. Her background in clinical trial compliance combined with her passion for improving public health have made her a perfect addition to the AMRINJ team.


Meghan Delgado
Clinical Research Coordinator

Meg has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Stockton University. She has extensive knowledge of psychiatric care & treatment options, working for 7 years with adults diagnosed with a variety of severe and persistent mental illnesses & substance abuse issues. Meg has always been intrigued by human behavior and the human brain & is enthusiastic about an opportunity to enrich the quality of life for a population that differs from her previous work experience. Although she is a novice to the field of research, she is aware that each person’s experience is different when experiencing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. She is looking forward to tapping into patients’ strengths & encouraging them to live fulfilling lives by providing comfort, support & compassion. Being a new addition to the AMRI team, she is devoted to addressing the emotional needs of both the patient and the family unit.


Julia Carey
Clinical Research Coordinator

Julia is new to the field of clinical research, but is able to apply previous work experience to allow her to succeed in the role of a clinical research coordinator. Prior to her joining the team at AMRINJ, Julia was a licensed pharmacy technician for over six years. With an in-depth understanding of the importance of patient care and compliance policies, Julia is dedicated to delivering personalized treatment and care to each and every patient.


Caitlyn Wojcik
Clinical Research Educator

Caitlyn graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health and a minor in Business from Montclair State University. Prior to AMRINJ, Caitlyn has had experience working with a home healthcare facility, an outpatient addiction treatment center, and a health department. Caitlyn has always had a passion for research and expanding her knowledge about current diseases, conditions, and their treatment that need further investigation. With her kind heart and motivation to improve public health, Caitlyn is committed to help patients and their loved ones get the care they deserve.


Amie Green
Regulatory Specialist

Amie has over 20 years of 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.


Raji Varghese
BDS, CCRC – Neuropsychometric Rater

Raji graduated from dental school in 1996. He has over 16 years of clinical experience and 6 years of research experience. Raji holds three International Publications in Neurology. At AMRI, he is involved in neurocognitive ratings, assisting in study coordination, lab support and quality assurance. Raji's commitment to the highest standards of clinical research provides strong support and guidance to the participating patients and their families.


Ed Austin
MS, BSN, CCRC - Neuropsychometric Rater

Ed Austin has 8 years of experience in clinical research, including trial conduct, safety monitoring, recruitment, data management, and project management. He is skilled in all study-related clinical procedures, trail project evaluation, initiation, routine and termination for Phases I-IV trials. Ed's 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 industry's highest standards. He is involved in AMRI's neurocognitive ratings, case reporting, tracking, lab support, data clarification, and quality assurance for Phase III and IV trials.


Maria Westfall
Neuropsychometric Rater

Maria has a Master's degree in Community/Counseling Psychology from Marist College, where she completed her graduate internship in Neuropsychology. She worked for the Alzheimer's Association chapter in Poughkeepsie, NY for several years and has experience as a caregiver support group leader and respite care program coordinator. She has been involved in Alzheimer's clinical research since 2014. At AMRI, she meets with study participants to complete neurocognitive ratings. As a family caregiver herself, Maria has first-hand experience with Alzheimer's disease and she strives to provide empathy and reassurance to patients and families.


Maryann Magers
Clinical Research Associate

Maryann received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Rutgers University and has spent the majority of her professional career working in the non-profit addictions advocacy field. Her dedication to enhancing the lives of the underserved and underrepresented populations makes her an ideal fit for AMRI. She is eager to learn and absorb as much as she can about the important work being done here and brings with her a desire to give each and every person who walks through AMRI’s front door a pleasant experience.


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!