Anastasia Lyalenko Memorial Fund

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On June 16, 2015, our dear friend and colleague, Anastasia Lyalenko, passed away at the age of 22, from myocarditis. Her passing was sudden, and her presence deeply missed. Anastasia was the first research member of the DARPA Restoring Active Memory project, and we continue to use the data she collected, and the lessons she brought back to us from the various hospitals in which worked, tirelessly collecting data and spending appreciated time with patients awaiting surgery in the epilepsy monitoring units.

We value the time we were able to spend with this bright and talented young woman, who touched so many lives within our lab, at the many sites across the country with which she worked, and in the EMU and OR with the patients and staff who enjoyed and trusted her. We are deeply saddened by her loss--our loss--and wish, through this Memorial Fund, to commemorate her illustrative light, which went out too soon. Anastasia planned to go to medical school, following her research experience with the Computational Memory Lab, and we wish to join her family and friends in continuing her legacy and her wish. In honor of Anastasia, a Memorial Fund has been started to commemorate the work to which she wanted to dedicate her life, and to help other women wishing to pursue a career in medicine.

Anastasia Lyalenko was a cherished member of the Computational Memory Lab, and the first team member of the DARPA RAM project. She was a friend, a colleague, and a bright and compassionate person whose life was lost too soon. We want to share ...[Text to come] .

From: Anastasia's story Anastasia was an incredibly bright, talented, and compassionate individual. She started her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010, where she excelled in her required pre-medical school classes. She described her passion for medicine as a way to combine her intellectual interest in the sciences and her desire to interact with and help others. Anastasia was interested in neurology, psychiatry, and women's health. She graduated from Penn with honors in 2014, with a major in the Biological Basis of Behavior. She was in the process of applying to medical school when she passed away at the age of 22 from complications related to viral myocarditis.

Friends described Anastasia as brilliant, vivacious, beautiful and self-sufficient. She will always be remembered for her remarkable life, fighting spirit, and tremendous impact on all she met. Purpose of the fund The purpose of this fund is to honor Anastasia's wish to attend medical school, as well as her commitment to encouraging women to participate in the sciences. The fund will support the Focus Section for Women Residents and Fellows ( at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, supporting women who wish to advance in the field of medicine. In the future, we hope that enough money will be raised so that a yearly award in Anastasia's name may be given to this deserving program in support of women advancing their careers in medicine.