University of California, Irvine
UC Irvine neurologist Arnold Starr, MD, PhD, a longtime chair of the Department of Neurology, has been selected as an honorary member of the American Academy of Neurology.Starr was the second neurologist to join the UC Irvine faculty and became the first chair of the Department of Neurology. He led the division of neurology, as it became a new department in 1977. He remained chair for 10 years. Although retired, Starr continues to teach and conduct research.“Dr. Starr is a wonderful example of the best that neurologists can achieve in their lifetimes,” said Steven L. Small, PhD, MD, Stanley van den Noort Professor and current chair of the department. “In retirement, Dr. Starr continues to be active in teaching and research.” The AAN bestows honorary membership upon those individuals deemed by the Academy’s board of directors to have performed exceptional meritorious contributions to the field of neurology, with national or international impact.
Arnold Starr research intrests include Neurological disorders affecting cognition, sensation and motor behaviors. He is investigating the neurobiological bases of clinical disorders of the nervous system that affect sensation, motor performance, and cognition. His studies employ electrophysiological and behavioral methods to define functional mechanisms underlying clinical syndromes relevant for specific research question. The current interests are two fold:1) Hearing disorder called Auditory Neuropathy and 2) Memory changes in Aging and Dementia