ABOUT US

Kerwin Research Center was founded by Diana Kerwin, MD, as a clinical research site dedicated to improving treatment options for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias until a cure is discovered.

We recognize the uncertainty and impact that Alzheimer’s and dementia can have on an individual and family, and from that recognition emerged a guiding principal – our patients are family. We view our ability to serve and care for patients as a privilege, and our goal is to be a resource to everyone involved in the life and support of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Our staff is dedicated to patient and family education, community outreach, and delivering the best possible opportunity for treatment within clinical research.

“We work everyday to help patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurologic diseases of aging. Our Center is dedicated to bringing promising clinical trials to patients and families in the DFW Metroplex to participate in finding better therapies and treatments for neurodegenerative diseases. We will not stop until we help to find the cure.”

– Diana Kerwin, MD

Diana R. Kerwin, MD, CPI

Founder – President

Dr. Kerwin is Founder and President of Kerwin Research Center, a practice that focuses on finding a cure for Alzheimer’s and other related dementia diseases. Dr. Kerwin has almost twenty (20) years experience in Alzheimer’s and dementia research. Dr. Kerwin is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics in Texas, Illinois, California, Florida and Wisconsin.

Prior to forming her memory care practice in Dallas, she was Assistant Professor of Medicine-Geriatrics at Northwestern University in Chicago and a faculty member of the world recognized Northwestern University Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CNADC).

Her award-winning research on the relationship of obesity and memory function in women has been featured in TIME Magazine, the BBC, The Boston Globe, and on local and national news programs. Dr. Kerwin is a frequent lecturer and guest host on television programs related to Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Dr. Kerwin is in her 7th year as a member of the National Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s Association and was recently voted to serve as Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Directors, she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neuro-Therapeutics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and has been the academic partner on several community initiatives to improve the care of senior adults with dementia in underserved areas and continues to focus on this aspect of improving access to care.

Dr. Kerwin is the principal investigator for several National Institute for Health funded studies on the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as on collaborative studies for patients with frontotemporal lobe dementia syndromes. She has served as principal investigator on phase 1, 2, and 3 clinical trials for the development of therapeutics in Alzheimer’s and other dementias such as progressive supranuclear palsy and multiple system atrophy.

Dr. Kerwin’s vision for memory care is to utilize her expertise in memory disorders to deliver quality care to her patients, excellence in research, and support to the community of individuals impacted by dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

When she is not searching for a cure for Alzheimer’s, Dr. Kerwin enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling, exercise and golf.

OUR TEAM

Micah J Eimerbrink, PhD

Head of Research Operations
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Dr. Eimerbrink received his master’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in health psychology and neuroscience, and his PhD in psychology from Texas Christian University with a specialization in behavioral neuroscience and the neurobiology of learning and memory. His early research focused on the relationship between inflammation and memory formation and included an examination of the link between stress, inflammation, and Alzheimer’s disease pathology. After he received his PhD, Dr. Eimerbrink chose to focus his career on clinical research to be at the forefront of treatment breakthroughs. He has served as principal investigator on numerous clinical research studies, and joined Kerwin Research Center in 2019.

Currently, Dr. Eimerbrink oversees daily operations and research conduct, and has a passion for community outreach. “One of the primary motivating factors for me to join Dr. Kerwin and her team was her vision for the center as a community resource. We are working to help find the cure for Alzheimer’s, and until that day, we are also here to serve our community by providing education on Alzheimer’s and dementia, disease prevention, and the potential treatment opportunities available within clinical research.”

Jennifer Vo, ACNP-BC

Lead Clinical Research Coordinator
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Jennifer Vo is a board certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Lead Clinical Research Coordinator at Kerwin Research Center. She is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, obtaining her Bachelor of Science in nursing in 2008, then later completing a Master of Science in nursing in 2012. She first started her career caring for the critically ill, but later realized her heart was dedicated to the care of dementia patients and the aging population.

At Kerwin Research Center, Jennifer’s time is dedicated to patient care, cognitive assessments, study oversight, and she leads the center’s outreach initiatives. She devotes herself to welcoming and understanding each individual that contacts Kerwin Research Center, whether it be over the phone or face-to-face when they arrive at the center. After a thorough evaluation to understand the unique circumstances, history, and goals of each individual and their family, she discusses what options are available and how the center can help. Her hope is that this initial visit is part of an ongoing relationship with Kerwin Research Center. As new research opportunities are regularly available within the center, Jennifer communicates with all eligible individuals and connects them with appropriate studies to ensure our dementia patients have ongoing options for care.

She currently lives in McKinney, Texas with her husband and two children. She is an avid food lover, enjoys traveling, and loves spending time with her family. She absolutely loves that her children are so active because it keeps her always busy having fun and enjoying life.

Patricia Yoxall, BSN, CCRC

Lead Clinical Research Coordinator
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Tish LoCascio Yoxall is a Registered Nurse and has worked with Dr. Kerwin as a Study Coordinator and Research Nurse since 2015. Prior to her career in research, Tish worked as an ICU Nurse for nearly 10 years at Zale-Lipshy Hospital in the Neuro ICU. While working at Zale-Lipshy, Tish and her husband became the proud parents of three incredible children, and she decided to retire from nursing to completely dedicate herself to her children and family.

During this time, Tish experienced the impact an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can have on a family as her sister-in-law, mother of three, suffers from early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Prompted by her love for her sister-in-law, an opportunity from Dr. Kerwin, and her strong desire to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s, Tish returned to nursing and joined Dr. Kerwin’s team in 2015.

Tish’s passion for the daily challenge of finding a cure arises directly from her love for her sister-in-law, and others in similar circumstance.  Thus, Tish brings her passion, her nursing skills, and her compassion for KRC’s patients to work every day with the sincere hope of beating Alzheimer’s. 

Her sister-in-law is currently in her early 50’s and the final stages of this dreadful fight.

Blake Edwards

Pharmacy and Lab Manager
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Blake Edwards has been with KRC for almost two years working as a community outreach specialist, study coordinator, and most recently the Pharmacy and Lab Manager. He helps with every study from start to close and is well-versed in all current research. Blake is an alumnus of the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in biology with special interests in organic chemistry and cell biochemistry. He is also a licensed pharmacy technician, and is certified in both compounding sterile pharmacy and advanced cardiac life support. During college and prior to joining the KRC team, Blake worked in retail pharmacy where you may have seen him while at CVS or Kroger.

He enjoys working in research, and appreciates how a community of peers unites around the common goal of curing disease. He is a steadfast patient advocate, and maintains his focus on the patient and their needs to ensure he delivers the highest standard of care. In addition to his work at Kerwin Research Center, Blake is pursuing his master’s degree in public health to improve and expand his understanding of population health and medical research.

Blake is a native to the Dallas area and enjoys mountain biking, golfing, soccer, hockey, swimming, running, weight lifting, and pretty much anything active!

Elizabeth Luginbyhl

Quality Control Coordinator
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Elizabeth Luginbyhl serves Kerwin Research Center as a Quality Control Coordinator as well as a Psychometric Rater, administering assessments to patients and caregivers for various research studies. She holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from West Texas A&M University, and has been with the practice since July 2018.

Prior to joining Kerwin Research Center, Elizabeth worked in clinical research as a coordinator, psychometric rater, and regulatory specialist with the majority of her experience derived from dementia research. Elizabeth particularly enjoys working in the field of dementia and neurodegenerative disease research as she has always had in interest in disorders that impact cognitive function and memory. She has a deep respect and affinity for our patient population and thoroughly enjoys working with our patients and caregivers.

Originally from Amarillo, Elizabeth has called the DFW metroplex her home for the last 12 years. She currently resides in Richardson with her husband, two children, dogs, cat, and chickens. She is an active volunteer in homeless assistance programs and in her free-time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, reading, listening to music, binging Netflix and traveling.

Cindy Newman

Administrative and Research Assistant
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Cindy Newman is Kerwin Research Center’s Administrative and Research Assistant. Her responsibilities range from assisting with Dr. Kerwin’s concierge practice to patient care and KRC business administration. She earned her associate’s degree in applied science and medical assisting and is a certified nursing assistant. She started working with Dr. Kerwin in 2013, and has been integral in the growth and establishment of Kerwin Research Center.

Her passion for geriatric care grew from her relationship with her grandfather, and she brings her love and reverence for him into every patient relationship. She recognizes that memory care is more than medical records and a physical diagnosis, and seeks to understand every patient’s circumstances, family, and history to help ensure all patients receive the highest quality of care.

Outside of work, she invests this devotion in her children, and enjoys spending time outdoors, listening to music, and cooking while appreciating good time, good company and laughter.

Sarah Sutton

Clinical Research Coordinator
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Sarah Sutton is a Clinical Research Coordinator and dedicated member of the Kerwin Research Center team. She helps keep the team organized and on task as they enroll patients in multiple research studies. Prior to joining Dr. Kerwin, Sarah worked at UTSW for 15 years in the microbiology department, many of these years as the lab manager. The labs focus was on signaling dynamics of host pathogen interactions, enzymatic properties employed by bacterial effector proteins, and the structure and function of bacterial effector proteins. The ultimate goal of this research was to obtain insights that may lead to drug development, and future treatments for emerging antibiotic resistant microbes.

She joined Dr. Kerwin in 2016 as the practice manager for Texas Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders. When Dr. Kerwin launched Kerwin Research Center, Sarah transitioned and accepted her current position, allowing her to follow her passion for patient care. Sarah loves her job and is dedicated to the fight against Alzheimer’s and other degenerative brain disorders. “The patients are like family and getting to spend so much quality time with them is just priceless.”

Sarah is the proud mother to two amazing girls. She loves soccer, spending time with her family, boyfriend, and dog, Chewbacca Solo Sutton.

Kristin Shelby

Clinical Research Coordinator
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Kristin Shelby joined Kerwin Research Center in 2018 as a Clinical Research Coordinator and also maintains regulatory compliance.  She has had a long career history in clinical research, first working as a Research Coordinator at Simmons Cancer Center, and then continuing at the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute at UT Health San Antonio.

Kristin has always had an affinity for senior care and dementia patients, and her original training at UT Southwestern and Walnut Place was dedicated to this population. By joining Kerwin Research Center, she achieved her goal to work in the service of this population and views her current career as truly her dream come true. She enjoys her career at Kerwin Research Center as her position allows her to get to know the patients and caregivers, and she is often present to greet everyone as they first enter the clinic. Moreover, her co-workers are people who really care about the patients as people, and she is grateful for every day at Kerwin Research Center.

Outside of work, she leads an active lifestyle.  She enjoys hiking, running, skiing, and keeping up with dogs and children.

Jeremy Rogers, RN

Clinical Research Coordinator
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Jeremy Rogers is a Registered Nurse and Clinical Research Coordinator. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and his associate degree in nursing from Southern Adventist University in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Prior to joining Kerwin Research Center, Jeremy traveled abroad, and taught English in Poland.

He views Kerwin Research Center as the perfect environment to foster and hone his love of science and patient relationships with his passion for teaching others.  He enjoys the challenges inherent in clinical research and values the patient relationships he builds while delivering care.  He loves teaching and working with patients to help ensure that all their questions are answered, and that they understand the information they have received.

“There’s nothing quite like being able to share knowledge and build relationships. That’s what life is about, people.” Jeremy and his wife met in Chattanooga, she is also an RN.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Prevention Therapy

Mild Cognitive Impairment

Alzheimer’s disease

Lewy Body Dementia

Frontotemporal Dementia

VASCULAR Dementia

PARKINSON’S DISEASE

MULTIPLE SYSTEM ATROPHY

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

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