AFAR mourns the passing of Rahul Desikan, MD, PhD
AFAR is saddened to report the passing of respected neuroscientist Rahul S. Desikan, MD, PhD.
Dr. Desikan was an Assistant Professor of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging, Neurology and Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco and co-director of Laboratory for Precision Neuroimaging.
Dr. Desikan was a 2002 and 2008 Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) recipient, a 2011 AFAR-GE Healthcare Junior Investigator recipient, and a recent NIA Small Research Grant Program for the Next Generation of Researchers in Alzheimer's Disease award recipient, a collaborative grant program between the NIA, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and AFAR.
His work bridged the fields of neuroimaging, biomarkers, and genomics. He led the development of the “Desikan atlas,” which is now the most widely used atlas of brain regions in neuroimaging. He also developed a polygenic hazard score (PHS) for Alzheimer’s disease that gauges age-specific disease risk based on dozens of genetic variations.
In 2012, Dr. Desikan reflected on the impact of the MSTAR program on his career and affirmed his commitment to aging and neurodegenerative disease research in this interview.
AFAR is grateful for his contributions to the field and inspired by his legacy.