Director of the University of California at Irving’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders and Alzheimer’s Research (UCI MIND), Joshua D. Grill, PhD, was a member of the Class of 1995. He considers his position his “dream job.”
For the last 15 years he has been involved in clinical trials, some of which have recently produced newly approved drugs. His research program conducts trials and studies the ways the drugs can be developed more efficiently, be more representative of all people who suffer from neurological diseases, and be more ethical. Josh has become an important voice in the field.
Josh graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1999 and earned his PhD at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 2004.
He is an accomplished author, having published more than 115 scientific papers and book chapters, including several commentaries about the state of his field that achieved acclaim in research guidelines and practices.
He is a full professor and received the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center Junior Investigator Award, the Alzheimer’s Association Turken Research Prize, the Community Spirit Award from OPICA Adult Day Services, and the P. Gene and Elaine Smith Term Chair in Alzheimer’s Disease Research. Wake Forest University named him a distinguished lecturer in its neuroscience graduate program.
He was recently selected as inaugural holder of the Carl Liggett and Arthur S. Liggett, MD, Endowed Chair, in honor of Frank M. LaFerla. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards for Maria Shriver’s Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement and for Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity, non-profit organizations devoted to dementia related topics.
Josh’s research has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Bright Focus Foundation and the University of California.
Josh and his wife Anne-Marie live in Irvine with their daughter Elliott, 9, and their son Danny, 7.