Dr. Claudia Kawas Honored

Kawas honored as Visionary Woman by Alzheimer’s Association of OC

Dr. Claudia Kawas, the Al and Trish Nichols Chair in Clinical Neuroscience and professor of neurology and neurobiology & behavior at UC Irvine, was honored for her clinical contributions to Alzheimer’s disease research and care by the Orange County Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Along with seven other recipients, Kawas was recognized as a 2012 Visionary Woman during a Sept. 28 reception at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel. Each year, the Visionary Women Circle of the Alzheimer’s Association honors Orange County caregivers who display extraordinary compassion in caring for those touched by Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia. The associate director of the UCI Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND), Kawas is a geriatric neurologist and researcher in the areas of aging and dementia and is the principle investigator for The 90+ Study, which was initiated in 2003 to study the oldest-old, the fastest growing age group in the United States. It is one of the largest studies of the 90-plus population in the world; more than 1,600 people have enrolled. More: www.90study.org