CalNeuro Research Group (CalNeuro) is an independent clinical research group specializing in disorders of the central nervous system. CalNeuro is led by Tanya Vapnik, Ph.D. (Attending Psychologist in the Anxiety Disorders Program at the UCLA School of Medicine). CalNeuro partners with the pharmaceutical industry to conduct year-round clinical trials with the goal of bringing new therapies to market while maintaining FDA compliance using good clinical practices. Our staff has a combined over 60 years of experience working on clinical trials.

CalNeuro Research Group’s primary focus is to improve patient outcomes by providing cutting edge experimental medications. We conduct Phase 2 through Phase 4 clinical trials, sponsored by leading pharmaceutical companies, regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and overseen by a study-specific federally accredited Investigational Review Board (IRB). We are endlessly passionate in our pursuit of excellence in clinical research.

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Tanya Vapnik, Ph.D

Dr. Vapnik has been working in the field of clinical research for over 20 years. She began as a Research Nurse Coordinator with the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital and Institute in 1992, where she is still presently working as a clinical principal investigator and psychologist in the Anxiety Disorders program. During her work in the Neuropsychiatric Institute she grew through the ranks of clinical research and participated as a rater, manager and Sub-I in multiple Los Angeles clinical trials. Dr. Vapnik received her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2001, and afterwards began working as a clinical psychologist in her own private practice. Around the same time, Dr. Vapnik started working as a Principal Investigator at the CALNEURO. Today, she continues her work in clinical research, with UCLA and now serves as Vice President of CALNEURO.

Emil Soorani, M.D.

Dr. Soorani serves as a clinical research investigator for CALNEURO. Dr. Soorani is a board certified physician with over 25 years of experience. He maintains a Medical/Psychiatric practice caring for Psychiatric patients as well as medically and surgically ill patients, while teaching at the UCLA Anxiety Disorder Clinic, performing medical legal consultation, and also as a speaker for pharmaceutical companies.

Lilly Rousseva-Stoyanova, Ph.D

Dr. Rousseva received her doctorate degree from the Institute of Psychology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She has earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, from the Technical University in Germany as well as her Master’s degree in Psychology from the Humboldt University located in Berlin, Germany. Dr. Rousseva-Stoyanova has been working at CALNEURO as a therapist and a clinical research rater since 2004. She has experience with adolescents and children. Her experience in the field of psychology and patient rapport make her invaluable to her patients.

Irina Lerner-Roiz

Mrs. Lerner-Roiz has been working in clinical research for nine years. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from University of California, Irvine, where she interned as a research assistant in the field of diabetes. After several years of working as a clinical research coordinator in areas such as asthma and allergies, Lerner-Roiz earned a Master’s degree in Health Science from Western University. Upon graduation, she joined CALNEURO as the Clinical Research Manager, and has overseen the growth of the clinical research department through numerous successful medical trials in Los Angeles. As her job responsibilities increased and widened, she has advanced to a Clinical Trial Director.

Christina Fosteson

Ms. Fosteson has been working in clinical research for six years. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physiological Science. Since 2008, she has worked in medical research managing clinical trials in various fields including asthma, allergy, cholesterol, diabetes, and mental health. Fosteson joined the CALNEURO team in 2010 where she started as a Senior Research Coordinator and continues to grow as a Clinical Research Manager.

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CALNEURO was established with the sole purpose of conducting Los Angeles clinical research studies, and has been doing so ever since its doors opened in 1982. CALNEURO has extensive medical research experience in Psychiatry.

Therapeutic areas include:

  • Acne
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Chronic Insomnia
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Migraine
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • PHN
  • Schizophrenia
  • Social Phobia

Sponsors our staff has worked with:

  • Allergan
  • Astra-Zeneca
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Depomed
  • Eli Lily & Company
  • Envivo
  • Forrest Laboratories
  • Forum
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Janssen
  • Merck & Co., Inc
  • Naurex
  • Novartis
  • Paraxel
  • Pfizer, Inc
  • Sanofi Aventis
  • Sepracor
  • Shire
  • Takeda America
  • Wyeth-Ayerst

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