Prof. Arias's presentation is part of the Emerging Scholars Exchange Program.
Jalayne J. Arias, JD, MA is an Assistant Professor at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) in the Memory and Aging Center, Department of Neurology. She is a multidisciplinary researcher and scholar leading studies in legal and ethical challenges in Alzheimer’s disease, neurodegenerative illnesses, and aging. Her research has identified employment and insurance discrimination based on a risk for Alzheimer’s disease, evaluated genetic data sharing guidelines, examined challenges to financing long-term care, and characterized financial and legal decision-making in young-onset dementias.
Her current research portfolio includes an NIH-NIA K01 award to develop employment and insurance anti-discrimination protections for individuals at risk of Alzheimer’s disease and an NIH Supplement Award to evaluate private payer coverage policies for genetic testing in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Additionally, Professor Arias has obtained foundation grants to evaluate sentencing decisions for individuals with dementia (ARCH Network/Pepper Center) and develop guidelines for genomic data management and sharing specific to Frontotemporal dementia research (Marcus Family Foundation). Her publication record crosses disciplines, with publications in leading legal, medical, and bioethics journals that capitalize on novel research methods. She joined UCSF as an Assistant Professor in 2016. She completed the Atlantic Fellowship for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health between 2016 and 2018, the Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics (Cleveland Clinic) in 2013, and a Master of Art in Bioethics (Case Western Reserve University) in 2012.
Professor Arias obtained her law degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (2008), where she graduated with a Certificate in Health Law and Order of the Barristers.