Gary W. Small, MD.
Gary Small, M.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, the Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Director of the UCLA Longevity Center, and Director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Small was among the team of investigators involved in the discovery of the major known genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease, APOE-4, and was the first to combine such genetic risk data with neuroimaging findings to assist in the detection of the first signs of brain aging and dementia years before patients show symptoms. He is a co-inventor of the first positron emission tomography (PET) scanning method that can provide images in living people of the abnormal brain proteins in Alzheimer’s disease – amyloid plaques and tau tangles. In addition to testing novel interventions that may benefit cognition and delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease symptoms, Dr. Small has developed lifestyle and memory training programs that are available throughout the U.S. and abroad in senior centers, hospitals, and other community sites.
Dr. Small has authored over 500 scientific works and has received ongoing research support from the NIH and major foundations throughout his career. He has received numerous awards and honors from the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, American College of Psychiatrists, International Psychogeriatric Association, and the American Psychiatric Association. He also is a past president of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. Scientific American magazine named him one of the world’s top 50 innovators in science and technology. He is the author of nine popular books on brain health and aging, including the New York Times bestseller The Memory Bible. Although he is not convinced that it prevents dementia, he is a crossword aficionado and does them in ink.