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Chairs of Distinction

Chairs of DistinctionThe UCLA Department of Neurology received a $1-million commitment to establish the P. Gene and Elaine Smith Chair in Alzheimer's Disease Research. Mr. Smith created the chair to honor his late wife, who developed Alzheimer's disease four to five years before her death in July 2010. He and his family were impressed with the work of Dr. Joshua Grill in this area of medicine at UCLA. Mr. and Mrs. Smith were married for 62 years and traveled the world together until they were in their 80s. After his retirement, Mr. Smith was awarded a fellowship to serve as a scientific adviser to the U.S. Senate. The family also has contributed to colon-cancer research and saving land in the Sierras from development.

Dr. John J. Kuiper has established the John J. Kuiper Chair in Nephrology and Renal Transplantation, which will promote translational research, education and ethical practice in these fields. Dr. Kuiper graduated from Cornell University Medical College in 1961, subsequently completing his internship, residency and chief residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. For more than three decades, he has contributed to excellence in healthcare in Los Angeles through his practice of internal medicine and nephrology. He also has been a member of the volunteer faculty in the UCLA Department of Medicine since 1970. Dr. Kuiper's generous and visionary investment will support the teaching and research activities of distinguished faculty.


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