Scientific Advisory Board

Our Scientific Advisory Board consists of a team of stellar Neuroscientists hand-picked from around the globe.  Each of our team members has extensive research experience at international world-renowned research institutes.

Dr. Henrietta Nielsen, PhD
  Assistant Professor Dr. Nielsen earned her PhD researching Alzheimer’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies at Lund University, Sweden, where she helped to establish the Molecular Memory Research Unit.  She pursued a Fellowship at the VU Medical Center in Amsterdam, studying ways to clear toxic proteins (like amyloid-beta) from the brain in Alzheimer’s disease.  Dr Nielsen led major biomarker discovery efforts that greatly advanced the search for diagnostic tests for Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative disorders including Parkinson’s disease.  She later moved to the USA to take up a position at Mayo Clinic as Senior Editor for the journal Molecular Neurodegeneration, and where she studied genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s and other dementias. She currently resides in Sweden with her American husband and their new son, where she leads her Alzheimer’s team and serves as an Editor for the Journal of Alzheimer’s disease.  Dr. Nielsen's passions include cooking, and good food! 
Dr. Anna Carrano, PhD
Dr. Carrano is a postdoctoral fellow in the Deptartment of Neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic, Florida, where she works to find a cure for brain cancer. Dr. Carrano graduated from the University of Milan in Italy and received her master's degree in Medical Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine. She then moved to the Netherlands, where she obtained her Doctorate in Neuroscience from the Graduate School of Neurosciences, Amsterdam Rotterdam. Her doctoral research focused on the identification and characterization of pathological pathways crucial for Alzheimer's disease development, and blood‐brain barrier alterations.  In her free time, Dr. Carrano enjoys photography, and long relaxing walks at the beach in Jacksonville. 
Dr. Maarten Rotman, PhD


 Dr. Rotman works at the Office of Entrepreneurship at Mayo Clinic, after obtaining his PhD in Neuroscience in the Netherlands at Leiden University. He has worked in the fields of Human Genetics, Neuroscience, and Neurosurgery, and has studied the use of stem cells to fight aggressive brain tumors, and he has made significant scientific advances in the discovery of new treatments for Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Rotman is passionate about teaching the next generation of Neuroscientists, and is excited to help bring new scientific discoveries from the laboratory to where it is needed the most- with the patients.