Charles DeCarli, director of the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center and an internationally renowned expert on behavioral neurology, degenerative dementias and neuroimaging, is the first Victor and Genevieve Orsi Endowed Chair in Alzheimer's Research at UC Davis Health System.
A professor of neurology, DeCarli's leadership and insights have significantly advanced hope for people around the globe with Alzheimer's disease. His groundbreaking neuroimaging investigations are at the forefront of advancing understanding about the relationship between the structure and function of the healthy aging brain and changes in the brain associated with vascular and Alzheimer's dementias.
Support from the more than $1.63 million endowed chair award will be used for a sustained fellowship in behavioral neurology at the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center beginning in September 2013.
"I am extremely honored to receive this endowment, and I'm putting it toward the education of neurology residents interested in dementia, so that we can train the next generation of Alzheimer's and brain aging researchers," DeCarli said.
DeCarli's research focuses on using advanced structural and functional brain imaging to study normal aging, mild cognitive impairment and dementia and the role of genetics, cerebrovascular disease and Alzheimer's disease on these processes. His investigations have led to advances in prevention and treatment strategies at the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center and at institutions worldwide focused on imaging and Alzheimer's, including the UC Davis Imaging of Dementia and Aging (IDeA) Laboratory, which he also directs.
In recognition of his work, DeCarli received in 2010 the J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine, which honors leading researchers in biology, medicine and imaging. He currently serves as editor-in-chief of Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders, an international research journal, and shares his expertise with national news media and documentarians.
The endowed chair is made possible by a generous estate gift from the late Victor and Genevieve Orsi to the UC Davis Foundation. Victor Orsi suffered from Alzheimer's disease as he aged, and the effects of the condition frustrated him a great deal. Because of this, he and Mrs. Orsi decided to do something about this awful disease. So, prior to Victor Orsi's death in 2006, the Orsis worked with their estate attorney to include provisions in their trust designating this charitable gift for the UC Davis Foundation to support research towards a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Genevieve Orsi passed away in December 2010.