Eriq de la Torre works with the ADRC

Eriq is a transfer premed student, majoring in Global Health B.S., with a minor in General Biology. Eriq began to work with the UCSD Shiley Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) in April of 2019. He has since completed his field experience requirement and is expected to conclude his research work in the Spring of 2020.

Eric’s work at the research center primarily consists of entering the data from the participant visits. After the coordinators and psychometrists conduct the tests, he enters the data into the San Diego Supercomputer database so that it may be accessed by the national research community. Eric was also tasked with referral tracking between the research center and various outside studies.

Eric found that the largest challenges he initially faced were time management and developing training protocols although he has since found a nice balance and routine to help him manage these daily responsibilities.

Through his work at the ADRC, he has been able to acquire experience and knowledge about the clinical research community and its processes.

“I was able to socialize with my coworkers, mainly the psychometrists and coordinators. This was helpful because it gave me a greater understanding about the bigger picture, without only considering my piece of the puzzle.”