University of Wisconsin-Madison




University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) has established a collaborative partnership with multiple universities in the U.S., designating itself as a premier study site for visits. This strategic alliance brings together the research expertise of all institutions, fostering a dedicated environment for the investigation and understanding of CADASIL. Through joint efforts, UW-Madison and the entire Consortium of sites aim to advance knowledge and contribute to the broader scientific community’s understanding of this rare and complex condition.

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Jamie Elliott, MD, PD

Position title: Site Principal Investigator


Dr. Jamie Elliott is a vascular neurologist at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health who specializes in stroke, including care of the acute stroke patient, stroke recovery, and stroke prevention. She completed her neurology residency and vascular neurology fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics.

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Jenna Spring

Position title: Outreach Program Coordinator


Jenna is the Outreach Program Coordinator for the Paulsen Lab. She recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a degree in Communication Science and Disorders and a certificate in Child Welfare. She is excited to be part of Dr. Paulsen’s lab and learn how to help people affected by Huntington’s Disease and CADASIL. Her research interests include communication disorders and dementia. In the future, she plans to pursue a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology. In her free time, she enjoys camping, traveling, skiing, and thrift shopping.

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Natalie Minix

Position title: Clinical Research Supervisor


Natalie is the Clinical Research Supervisor of the Paulsen Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UW-Madison and a master’s degree in neuroscience from the University of Freiburg. As a member of Dr. Paulsen’s lab, she is excited to build on her academic background and learn more about Huntington’s Disease and CADASIL. Her research interests focus on utilizing neuroimaging to better understand the neural bases of psychiatric disorders, and she ultimately hopes to pursue a doctorate degree in clinical psychology. In her free time, Natalie enjoys cooking, yoga, trail running, and traveling.

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Abigail Key

Position title: Clinical Research Coordinator


Abigail is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Paulsen Lab at the University of Wisconsin–Madison working on the PREVENT-HD and CADASIL studies. She recently graduated from Lafayette College with a degree in Neuroscience. Her research interests include aging-related neurological conditions, neurodevelopmental disorders, movement disorders, and mental health conditions. She plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, and embroidery.

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Noah Bruehl

Position title: Clinical Research Coordinator


Noah is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Paulsen Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and recently completed his Medical Neuroscience graduate certificate program at Michigan State University. He is excited to help the lab uncover early biomarkers of CADASIL and Huntington’s Disease as well as provide support to research participants throughout their visits to the lab. He is currently studying to get into medical school to pursue a career as a Neurologist and is especially interested in how brain abnormalities can lead to dysfunctional behavior. In his free time, he enjoys running, reading books based on psychology research, and watching movies.