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UCLA Medicine Fall 2009-Chairs of DistinctionCLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY bridges the gap between laboratory science and the practice of medicine. Its primary aims are to promote safe and effective pharmaceutical-drug use in patients and to optimize the medical benefits and minimize the potential risks of prescription drugs. The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation has pledged $1 million to establish The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Endowed Chair in Interdepartmental Clinical Pharmacology. This administrative chair is currently held by Dr. Barbara A. Levey, director of UCLA’s Interdepartmental Clinical Pharmacology Training Program.

“The vision to establish this chair in a critical area of medicine by The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation will benefit the health of future patients worldwide,” says Dr. Levey, who is also assistant vice chancellor for biomedical affairs at UCLA. “Our program is particularly well-positioned to become the country’s leading advanced, patient-oriented research-training program that has an emphasis on appropriate medication dosages, with a particular focus on medication issues as they affect minority populations.”

The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation was created to promote education, tolerance, social services and the arts. The Gilberts were passionate philanthropists, dedicated art collectors and astute business people. Born and raised in England, the Gilberts immigrated to Los Angeles in 1949 and became successful real estate entrepreneurs. They committed their efforts to significant charitable endeavors locally and in the State of Israel, while assembling one of the world’s preeminent collections of decorative arts. After the deaths of Rosalinde in 1996 and Sir Arthur in 2001, the remainder of their estate was donated to the foundation. Richard Ziman and Martin H. Blank Jr., the foundation’s directors, are long-time UCLA supporters and have continued the foundation’s enduring commitment to the university.

For more information about The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation: www.thegilbertfoundation.org

UCLA Medicine Fall 2009-Rose GilbertA DYNAMIC, ENERGETIC 12th-grade advancedplacement English teacher, Mrs. Rose Gilbert is now one of the oldest full-time teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and one of the oldest in the nation. For more than 50 years – first at University High School in West Los Angeles and then at Palisades Charter High School in Pacific Palisades – the UCLA alumna has imparted her love of literature, poetry and life to her students.

Mrs. Gilbert and her husband, successful developer Sam Gilbert, who died in 1987, spoke 10 foreign languages between them and traveled the world. Mrs. Gilbert also took trips with her daughter, Maggie, deceased, who was a trust attorney and UCLA graduate herself.

A generous UCLA supporter, Mrs. Gilbert had endowed more than a dozen scholarships and underwritten numerous academic initiatives for Intercollegiate Athletics at the time that Maggie died suddenly in 2004 at the age of 58. Mrs. Gilbert then directed her philanthropy in her daughter’s memory to benefit UCLA student athletes, honors students, alumni scholars, future teachers and a special biomedical book collection. Additionally, Mrs. Gilbert created the Maggie G. Gilbert Endowed Chair in Bipolar Disorders, established in 2008 at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.

A DISTINGUISHED UCLA NEUROSCIENTIST, Dr. Joaquin M. Fuster has performed landmark studies on the cellular basis of working memory, which he calls “a central element in the organization of behavior, language and thinking.” He dedicated his life’s work to a greater understanding of the cognitive disorders at the root of neurological and psychiatric conditions such as brain trauma, Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia. Among his honors are awards from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Fyssen International Prize (Paris) for scientific achievement, the Goldman-Rakic Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience and the George Miller Prize of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. He is an elected Member of Honor of the Spanish Royal Academy of Medicine and Doctor Honoris Causa of the University Miguel Hernández (Alicante) and the Autonomous University of Madrid.

UCLA Medicine Fall 2009-Dr. Joaquin Fuster and wifeBorn in Barcelona, Spain, Dr. Fuster received his M.D. degree in medicine and surgery at the University of Barcelona and his Ph.D. degree in neurophysiology at the University of Granada. In 1956, he immigrated to the United States to initiate a career in neuroscience at UCLA. He serves as director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and is an active member of the Brain Research Institute. In appreciation of UCLA’s support over so many years and to advance scholarly work in his field, Dr. Fuster established the Joaquin M. Fuster Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2004. Its principal focus is on the brain mechanisms of cognition. The first holder of the chair is Professor Susan Bookheimer.

“After 46 years of service to the university,” Dr. Fuster says, “this matter is as close to my heart as my children and grandchildren.” He is married to Elisabeth Baladia, and together for those many years they have been dedicated supporters of UCLA.


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