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With over 20 years of research experience, Elizabeth Balbin overseas several research studies at the Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine.  With a background in immunology, psychology and administration, her elizabethprofessional and academic career takes on a multidisciplinary approach, integrating divergent fields of study.  She has extensive experience overseeing large research studies/program projects totaling over 18 million dollars from development (including grant preparation and writing study protocols), implementation, to data analysis and manuscript preparation.  She has worked with NIH, NIMH, CDC, DOD, NCAAM, as well as private funding agencies.  Elizabeth has numerous published articles and conference presentations and has written a laboratory manual.  Her extensive experience in recruitment, preparation of reports, Institutional Review Board, and data management as well as conference preparations have ensured the studies progress successfully. A passion for teaching and working with students of all levels makes her a highly sought after mentor.   In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys traveling, the arts - glass blowing, sculpture, sailing, kayaking, swimming, philanthropy/volunteering, her dogs, fine food, and singing in the shower.

James Blount was born in Miami, but has lived in many states before returning to South Florida. He received his B.A. in Biology from Coker College in Hartsville, SC where he also minored in Chemistry. Mr. Blount worked as Data Manager and Research Assistant for the University of Miami Psychology Department working on HIV and trauma studies prior to joining the INIM as the Program Administrator for Gulf War Illness in 2014. He is currently working with our studies at the Miami VA as a Clinical Research Coordinator. He does cognitive and neuro-psych testing for one of our collaborative research projects as well as assisting on all the other projects. He has always enjoyed working with research participants and is happy to be back doing so. When not working, he enjoys being out in nature – either hiking (he led hikes for 2 different outdoor groups in GA and NC), kayaking, boating, going to the beach, or just sitting quietly listening to all the sounds.

I was born and raised in New York City, moved to Miami in 1994. After attending Barry University for Psychology, I took a break to raise my three children. I changed my major to Nursing and graduated with a 3.8 GPA.  Ifanny have over 4 years of experience as a Research Nurse Coordinator at the Miami VA.   Since then I have coordinated research projects from beginning to end.  I’ve recruited hundreds of patients and have gained extensive experience with Gulf War Illness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia patients. I am passionate about my profession and the work that we are doing.

Born and raised in small town in Western Massachusetts, Jeff moved to South Florida as a teenager where he eventually received his degree in Athletic Training and the subsequent Athletic Training Certification (ATC) jefffrom the University of Miami. Since then, Jeff has become a lifelong student of the physiological, anatomical and rehabilitative sciences, fueling his desire to understand everything and anything about the human form. 

Throughout his studies and work experience, Jeff has worked with professional athletes in the NFL with the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins, as well as multiple populations ranging from NCAA athletes to elderly orthopedic patients and everyone in between.

Jeff lives with his wife, Sabrina and his fluff-ball of a puppy, Chloe. In his free time, Jeff enjoys computer programming, amateur robotics and everything music.

Monica Lazaro will graduate from Florida International University by the end of the Spring 2017, with a degree in Biology. She was born in Honduras and arrived to Miami at the age of nine. Lazaro attemonicanded and graduated from the Honors Program at Miami Dade College. She has served her community and volunteered with different organizations. Recently, she became a volunteer for the FIU Epidemiology Department, where she assists with data collection and will be a co-authoring a paper on Latino incarceration. She plans on earning a Master’s in Public Health that concentrates in Epidemiology. As a long-term goal, she wishes to establish her own organization and work collectively with others to improve global health disparities. 

Precious was born in Okinawa, Japan but has been in Miami for the past ten years.  She has an MBA from Nova Southeastern University and is currently completing a certificate in Business Analytics. precious She is responsible for recruiting as well as collecting and managing data. Precious is the proud parent of three awesome young men.  During her spare time she mentors and likes to go to the beach.

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