Research Team


Robin Ellam

Robin Ellam, BA

Clinical Trails Coordinator. Ms. Ellam started her career at UCSD as an undergraduate student volunteer in 2006 in the department of Psychology and Psychiatry. Prior to joining the Movement Disorder Center team, she was a research coordinator at the San Diego Department of Veteran Affairs for 3 1/2 years, working closely with many members of the UCSD team. Her experience focuses on neuropsychology of Parkinson's Disease and other movement and dementia disorders.

Ileana Rubio

Ileana Rubio, BA

Ileana Rubio is a graduate of UCSD and has worked for UC San Diego Health for most of her professional career. Ms. Rubio started in the Department of Medicine as a Registered Sleep Polysomnogpraher and then as a Clinical Research Supervisor in the Division of Pulmonary Vascular Medicine where she managed multiple clinical trials. In 2018, Ileana transition to the Department of Neuroscience - Movement Disorders Center as the Program’s Research Manager. 

Gayle Dizon

Clinical  Research Specialist. Gayle graduated in 1991 with a Medical Assistant degree. She has been in the medical fields for 24 years, she started her medical career as a Laboratory Assistant/ Phlebotomist at Sharp Memorial Hospital in 1993. She was later hired at UCSD, during her tenature at UCSD (1996-2003) she worked at a Laboratory Assistant III/ Phlebotomist, Administrative Assistant and served as a patient liaison for the Rheumatology Clinic and the Cancer Center Department. I also worked in Gastroenterology as a GI tech before she started her career in Clinical Research in 2003. She has experience coordinating trials with the following indication: Women's Health, Sleep Disorders, Osteoarthritis, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Morton's Neuroma and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. 

Christina Addington, BA

Clinical Trials Coordinator, Christina graduated from UCSB with a BS in cell and development biology. She began her career in research in 2007 at UCI. She has since been the Study Coordinator on over 45 Clinical Trials in the fields of neurology, psychiatry and rheumatology.