Dr. Pratscher is a postdoctoral fellow in an integrative and multidisciplinary pain and aging research training program at the University of Florida. He is interested in examining the effectiveness and mechanisms of action of various mind-body and integrative interventions to improve health, vitality, stress, chronic pain, aging, and well-being. Dr. Pratscher is particularly drawn to psychedelic-assisted therapies and breathwork and how both can alter consciousness and support the body’s natural ability to heal.
Dr. Buchanan is a MERIT/IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She earned a doctoral degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology from the University of Florida. Dr. Buchanan’s research currently focuses on understanding how exercise and pain impact mobility and cardiovascular function of older adults.
Dr. Angie M. Adkin is a research trainee under the mentorship of Dr. Kimberly Sibille. After attaining her Bachelor of Science in Zoology degree with honors from Michigan State University, she spent several years as a zookeeper in Chicago caring for, training and managing many species of animals. While at the zoo, she also assisted with several behavioral research projects that focused on assessing the behavior and health of sable antelope, the endangered Grevy’s zebra and Sichuan takin. This is where her love of comparative psychology and ethology was founded. Her research interests in behavior led her to the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida where she earned a MS in 2013 and PhD in 2018. While in graduate school at UF, her research focused on utilizing the equine model to explore how nutrition and environmental factors impact behavior and health in horses. Dr. Adkin’s current research goals take a mixed method approach to comparative psychology and ethology by exploring reciprocal translation research benefiting both humans and horses. Her goals are to study how temperament contributes to a horse’s emotional regulation and learning ability, as well as assess biomarkers related to temperament and stress. By using an evidence-based approach to test behavioral modification techniques in anxious horses, her ultimate goal is translate this research to benefit both humans and horses.
Margaret Ann is a current third year MD candidate at the University of Florida College of Medicine. She previously studied Neurobiological Sciences and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Florida while conducting research under Dr. Andrew Maurer at the McKnight Brain Institute. Her previous research addressed neurologic mechanisms of weighted decision making and spatial working memory. She has a continued interest in the impact of diet, behavior, exercise, and lifestyle on neurocognitive functioning and health throughout the lifespan, including during fetal development, pregnancy, and aging. She is currently exploring the implications of intermittent fasting for chronic pain conditions.
Jesse is a third-year medical student at the College of Medicine at the University of Florida. He graduated from Brandeis University with a B.S. in Neuroscience in 2017. After graduation, he worked as a research assistant and clinical trial coordinator in the Cardio-oncology Program and Center for Advanced Heart Failure at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. He also served as a volunteer pianist at the hospital. Jesse’s clinical interests include chronic pain management, mechanisms of neuropathic pain and neuroplasticity, improving patient education and adherence, and prehabilitation. Outside of medicine, Jesse’s interests include playing soccer, running, pilates, jazz and blues, freestyle rapping, and playing the piano, harmonica and guitar. He is currently researching mechanisms and applications of intermittent fasting in pain management.
Brittany Addison is an undergraduate senior studying at the University of Florida. Brittany expects to receive her B.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience in May 2022. Her primary research interests revolve around investigating genetic and sociodemographic influences on neurodegenerative diseases via neuroimaging techniques. Brittany hopes to continue researching and contributing to these topics by applying to a PhD program in Neuropsychology. Brittany is also the co-founder and current president of Gator Genetics, a student genetics club.
Udell Holmes III is a first-year PhD student at the College of Public Health & Health Professions at the University of Florida. In 2019 he participated in an internship called Summer of Translational Aging and Research for Undergraduates with Columbia University where he examined relationships between subjective cognitive decline and functional connectivity. He graduated from Cleveland State University with a bachelor’s in psychology in 2020. His research interests include finding predictive values in aging, health disparities, and pain. With his love for the brain, he loves learning about neuroscience and finds genuine interest in learning from diverse and unique viewpoints of others to inspire him.
Previous Team Members
Akemi, MD Wijayabahu, PhD
Alisa Johnson, PhD
Lucas DeMonte, MEd
John Carroll, RN
Franchesca Arias, PhD
John Marks, LPN, DHS
Staja Booker, PhD
Duane B. Corbett, PhD
Carlo Custodero, MD
Federlin Jean, MD