Alzheimer's Authority Dr. Gary Small Named Director of UCLA Center on Aging
Dr. Gary Small, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the UCLA School of Medicine, has been named director of the UCLA Center on Aging. Small, who has served as the center's interim director for the past year, replaces Dr. David Solomon, who retired after 44 years of service to UCLA.
Small is a preeminent leader in the field of Alzheimer's disease and its relationship to depression in later life. He also directs the geriatric psychiatry and psychology training programs at the UCLA School of Medicine.
"I am looking forward to building our research and educational programs and augmenting campus-wide efforts on aging," Small said.
"I have admired Gary Small ever since he arrived at UCLA 15 years ago," said Solomon. "He is a brilliant scientist, a splendid teacher and a wise and caring physician. Under his direction, I am sure the center will accomplish great things."
A prolific researcher, Small leads interdisciplinary research projects on early detection of Alzheimer's disease and determining disease risk through use of positron emission tomography (PET), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning, and genetic studies. Small's studies and training programs are supported by the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute on Mental Health and the Alzheimer's Association.
Small has received several awards and honors from organizations including the Alzheimer's Association and the International Psychogeriatrics Association. He is co-author of the book "Parentcare" and is on the editorial boards of many academic journals, including "Alzheimer's Disease and Associated Disorders," "International Psychogeriatrics" and "Psychiatry Research." Small has published more than 150 articles and book chapters and lectured extensively throughout the world on the issues of aging.
The UCLA Center on Aging was established to improve the quality of life for older adults by promoting improved health, new work opportunities, volunteerism and lifelong learning. In addition to providing lectures and other resources to the community, the center supports research and education throughout the UCLA campus in areas such as medicine, biology, social sciences, education and economics.