Jack C. de la Torre

University of Texas, Austin, USA

Jack C. de la Torre, holder of the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees, is a leading authority in the field of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In 1993, he first advanced the concept of AD as a primary cerebrovascular disorder that led to neurodegenerative consequences. This concept was extended in a series of papers that culminated in the CATCH (critically attained threshold of cerebral hypoperfusion) hypothesis of AD. This concept has had a profound impact and influence on basic and clinical research involving studies in epidemiology, neuroimaging, neuropathology, and cognitive function that continue to clarify the pathophysiology and pathogenesis of AD. Dr. de la Torre is the author of the authoritative textbook Dynamics of Brain Monoamines and has edited or coedited 11 medical and scientific volumes on subjects dealing with the cerebrovascular and cardiovascular pathology of Alzheimer’s dementia, neuropathology of the aging CNS, and neurocognitive consequences of stroke and heart disease. He has written a substantial number of papers on the cellular and molecular activity associated with neurodegeneration and the effects of cerebral hypoperfusion on dementia. In 1996, he organized with Dr. Vladimir Hachinski the first international conference that dealt with the effects of vascular factors in AD entitled "Cerebrovascular pathology in Alzheimer's disease," published by the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Dr. de la Torre continues his active research on Alzheimer’s disease as an Adjunct Professor of psychology at the University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA. His previous appointments include Associate Professor of neurosurgery and psychiatry at The Brain Research Institute, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA, and Professor of neurosurgery, anatomy, and pharmacology at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Biography Updated on 17 September 2012

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