PIA Executive Committee:

Neuropsychiatric Syndromes


Co-Chair: Corinne Fischer, MD

Dr. Fischer is a staff psychiatrist with the Mental Health Service at St. Michael’s Hospital and director of Geriatric Psychiatry at St. Michael’s Hospital. She is an associate scientist and co-director of Neurodegenerative Research, Division of Neuroscience Research, at the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Research, the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada. She has an academic appointment as Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and is an associate member of the Institute of Medical Science where she supervises graduate students, research fellows, residents and medical students. She was recently appointed an associate editor of the Journal of Alzheimer’s disease and elected academic co-chair of the Neuropsychiatric Symptom Professional Interest Area ISTAART in addition to being a member of several national/international organizations including CAGP, AAGP, IPA and ISTAART.  Dr. Fischer’s main clinical and research focus centres around neuropsychiatric symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease and their clinical, imaging and pathological correlates. She directs the St. Michael’s Hospital Memory Clinic and is a member of the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance as well as the Behavioural Neurology Section at the University of Toronto. She is a principal investigator for a number of peer-reviewed grants as well as a site PI for several large multi-centred grants funded by Brain Canada, the Ontario Brain Institute and the Weston Foundation. She has approximately sixty peer-reviewed publications and has presented her work extensively at national and international meetings.


Co-Chair: Ross A. Baker, PhD, MBA
Director, CNS Global Medical Affairs
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development and Commercialization

Ross has 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, with 4 years on the provider side, and 16 years in positions of increasing responsibility in CNS medical affairs groups at Organon, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Otsuka. Ross has authored over 60 peer reviewed publications, and more than 200 abstracts and posters presented at scientific congresses. At Otsuka, his primary focus is to support the clinical development programs for brexpiprazole in the treatment of agitation in Alzheimer’s and invisible war wounds (i.e, PTSD).

Ross received his B.S. degree in Biology/Psychology from Muhlenberg College. He earned his PhD degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and his MBA degree in Finance from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. He also worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health and as a research scientist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Chair Elect: Zahinoor Ismail
Biography is coming soon.

Co-Chair Elect: Cedric O'Gorman
Biography is coming soon.

Vice Chair Elect: Moyra Mortby
Biography is coming soon.

Programs Chair Elect - Janne M. Papma 

Janne Papma is an assistant professor at the Alzheimer Center Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Her background is in Neuropsychology and Neuroscience. At the moment Janne supervises multiple large research projects within a research line that focuses on the improvement of personalized dementia diagnostics and post-diagnostic care. One of these projects aims to specifically improve the recognition and subsequent treatment of neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) at the memory clinic. Early interventions into NPS in AD conceivably improve the profound negative consequences of NPS in AD, such as quality of life or caregiver burden. She received two prestigious national grants (ZonMw) to perform this research into NPS in AD.  


Communications Chair: Jennifer R. Gatchel, PhD, MD
Jennifer Gatchel is a Geriatric Psychiatrist physician scientist and an Assistant Psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Her research interests are focused on understanding the relationships among Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)-associated proteins amyloid and tau, neuropsychiatric symptoms, and cognitive decline in the preclinical and prodromal stages of AD and related dementias. She is utilizing a combination of neuroimaging and cognitive assessments towards developing better prevention and treatment strategies for individuals at risk for AD.  She is also interested in neuromodulation in the treatment of mood and cognitive disorders.  Her body of work has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health, the BrightFocus Foundation, and the Alzheimer’s Association.  Jennifer’s innovative research program is complemented by her leadership roles advocating for patients with dementia, promoting healthy brain aging, and training the next generation of Geriatric Psychiatrists.


 Member-in-Training: Willem S. Eikelboom, MSc.

Willem Eikelboom is a neuropsychologists and works as PhD candidate at the Alzheimer Center of the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He obtained his Master Degree in Healthcare Psychology and started his PhD in the beginning of 2018. Since then, most of his research focuses on the early detection and appropriate treatment of neuropsychiatric syndromes in the Alzheimer’s disease. He is one of the researchers involved in the ‘Behavioral symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease, Towards early Identification and Treatment’ (BEAT-IT) project. This multi-center project consists of studies ranging from the neurobiological underlying mechanisms of neuropsychiatric symptoms to the deliverance of non-pharmacological strategies to reduce these symptoms. He is currently coordinating an intervention study that evaluates the use of the DICE method to structure and standardize the assessment and management of neuropsychiatric symptoms in memory clinics in Rotterdam area. He is member of the Dutch Society for Neuropsychology and joined the Neuropsychiatric Syndromes PIA Executive Committee in 2019.

Steering Committee Member Elect - Luis Aguera Ortiz, MD, PhD
Luis F. Agüera-Ortiz is a MD PhD in Medicine and Surgery and a Medical Specialist in Psychiatry. He completed a specific training in Psychogeriatrics at the University of Geneva (Switzerland) where he worked as an Associate Physician in his University Psychogeriatrics Services. On his return to Spain he worked as a consultant for Psychogeriatrics at the Massachusetts Institute of Spain and began working in the Psychiatry Service of the 12 de Octubre University Hospital in Madrid, where he continues today as Section Chief and Head of one of the Community Mental Health Centers pertaining to that hospital.
He has expanded his training at various top-level foreign Universities such as University of Columbia (New York), Karolinska Institute (Stockholm), Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston), Standford University (San Francisco), University of Berlin and University of Oxford.
At the Complutense University of Madrid he is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine.
Until recently he has been a Senior Researcher of the Multidisciplinary Unit of the Alzheimer Research Project of the Reina Sofía Foundation / CIEN Foundation. He currently coordinates one of the Neuroscience Research Units of the Research Institute of the 12 de Octubre University Hospital in Madrid.
Regarding scientific activity, he is the author of more than 300 scientific communications in symposia at national and international conferences and chaired numerous symposia. He has published more than 200 scientific articles in national and international magazines, numerous book chapters and more than 10 books as first or only author, mainly in the field of Depression, Geriatric Psychiatry and Dementia.

 Steering Committee Member Elect - Byron Creese

Dr Byron Creese is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Exeter Medical School focusing on understand and treating neuropsychiatric symptoms in older adults with and without dementia. His work encompasses clinical research and genomics, and more recently bioinformatic approaches to understanding side effects of atypical antipsychotics.  He is a key investigator on the University of Exeter’s PROTECT study which tracks the mental and cognitive health of over 25,000 people in the UK and using this data has led the UK’s first studies of Mild Behavioral Impairment. In 2019 he was awarded the Alzheimer’s Association Neuropsychiatric Syndromes New Investigator Award in recognition of his recent contributions to this field. 

Steering Committee Member Elect - Sanjeev Kumar

Dr. Kumar is a geriatric psychiatrist and a clinician scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and an assistant professor of psychiatry at University of Toronto. 
Dr. Kumar is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is also Board certified in general psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He studies the biological mechanisms and novel pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for dementia. Specifically, he is studying the neurophysiology of cognitive disorders using quantitative electroencephalography and brain stimulation techniques such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). He is also conducting research into therapeutic potential of TMS and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) to treat cognitive and behavioral symptoms of Dementia.

Future Immediate Past Co-Chair - Ross Baker, PhD, MBA  
See above.

Future Immediate Past Co-Chair - Corinne Fischer, MD
See above.