Our Staff Team

Maureen Curran, MS

Director, Administration & International Business Relations

Maureen A. Curran, MS is the Director of Administration and International Business Development for UCSD Health Sciences International (UCSD HSI).  She is responsible for creating, maintaining and enhancing UC San Diego Health Sciences' International (HSI) services by fostering worldwide partner relationships.  She also oversees administration and program implementation for collaborative partnerships such as establishment of College of Medicine and Health Sciences projects.

Ms. Curran is a results-oriented leader with extensive experience in academic medical center program development with special expertise in research, education and clinical programs.  Prior to her role at UCSD HSI, Ms. Curran was the Executive Director of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and the Stein Institute for Research on Aging. Ms. Curran oversaw the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry's NIH-supported Center of Excellence.  She was also responsible for the development and administration of the multiple training programs local, national and international in scope. In her role at the Stein Institute for Research on Aging, Ms. Curran was responsible for the development and oversight of studies related to successful aging.

Ms. Curran also previously held the title of Education Program Director for UCSD’s Clinical and Translational Science Award. In that role she oversaw a variety of training programs related to improving the education and training of researchers ranging from high school and medical school students to postdoctoral fellows to faculty members to citizens of the broader community.  Ms. Curran has been engaged in community activities including serving as a member of the Board for several organizations – she is presently President of the Board for both the Alumni Club of the University of Southern California in San Diego and for the Lily Brentano Foundation (a private scholarship granting foundation).

Ms. Curran received her graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. She completed a health policy fellowship at the United States House of Representatives Select Committee on Aging before joining UCSD.

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Johanne Gnagne, M.Sc

Project Manager, Clinical Services and Fiscal Affairs

Johanne Gnagne, M.sc. is the Project Manager, Clinical services for the UCSD Health Sciences International (UCSD HSI). She is responsible for developing, implementing, monitoring, and managing Health Sciences projects with UCSD Partners. She also oversees all fiscal operations including forecasting, developing and revising budgets, and authorizing expenditures for UCSD HSI.

Ms. Gnagne is a results-driven and detailed oriented Project Manager with several years of experience in Clinical services Project and Program Management. Prior to joining UCSD HSI, Ms. Gnagne held the title of Project Manager for the Ministry of Health in Canada. In that role, she managed and directed the planning, implementation and delivery of primary health care services in 25 health centers and clinics by collaborating with federal government agency and community key stakeholders.

Ms. Gnagne was engaged in communities’ activities as the Executive Board Member for a Non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the economic development of Francophone communities and later on as CoChair Wellness Committee and Chair Diversity Committee at the Ministry of Health Canada.

Ms. Gnagne received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration, Major in Finance from the Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM), Canada. She then received her Master in International Business from Universite de Sherbrooke, Canada and School of Business and Management (ESCEM) in Poitiers, France.

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858-534-1119 (ext 41119)

Melanie Pool, MA

Program Manager, Operations 

Melanie A. Pool, MA. is the Program Manager for all Operations within UCSD HSI. In this role, Ms. Pool is responsible for the long-range planning, development of policies and procedures, as well as negotiation of overall HSI resources in all aspects of the Department’s operational management.

Ms. Pool oversees and evaluates academic and staff human resources, subcontracts, equipment management, space and facilities, as well as conference and program development within the Department. She is responsible for creating, maintaining and enhancing UCSD HSI’s services by fostering worldwide partner relationships in the areas of clinical medicine, medical education and biomedical research.

Having worked closely with UCSD HSI’s Assistant Vice Chancellor and Executive Director in this capacity since 2010 – Ms. Pool’s role in long-term Department planning also positions her as the active conduit for the UCSD HSI’s interactions with the University of California Office of the President (UCOP), Vice Chancellors, campus-wide Departments, the UC San Diego Health and all external entities for international collaborative partnerships.

Previous to her position within HSI, Ms. Pool also held the position as Clinical Services Program Manager for UCSD’s Department of Psychiatry, within the Office of Clinical Affairs. Prior to her roles at UCSD, Ms. Pool’s work was focused in clinical education, research and development as a Program Supervisor for one of Southern California’s largest Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) service providers for children on the Autism Spectrum; both teaching and evaluating therapeutic methodologies for impacted families and communities.

Ms. Pool received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara - where she facilitated research projects in Cultural Psychology. She then received her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University – in Malibu, CA. Recently, Ms. Pool was nominated in the annual UC San Diego Vice Chancellor Health Sciences Ceremony – having earned the 2012-2013 Manager & Supervisor Award as Program Manager of Operations for UCSD HSI.

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858-534-6204 (ext 46204)