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Cindy Carlsson Earns Alzheimer's Professorship

Cindy Carlsson, MD, MS, is the first recipient of the Louis A. Holland, Sr., Professorship in Alzheimer’s Disease at the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.


This professorship was made possible by the generosity of the Louis (Lou) A. Holland, Jr., family.


This great distinction honors a remarkable individual, Louis (Lou) Holland, Sr., and exemplifies the passion and dedication of a family who has given a desperately needed voice to Alzheimer’s.


Cindy Carlsson and Lou Holland Jr.“It means everything to me to have Pop’s name associated with this amazing university, and to have this Professorship carry his legacy forward in our fight against Alzheimer’s disease,” says Lou Jr.


In the early 1960’s, Lou Sr. was a dynamic running back for the Wisconsin Badgers, and in 2011, this legend was inducted into the UW Athletics Hall of Fame. After college, Lou Sr., a hard-working farm boy from Racine, became a successful investment professional and a highly respected regular on the long-running PBS program "Wall Street Week" with Louis Rukeyser.


When diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Lou Sr. tackled the disease with the same tenacity that he exhibited in his athletic and professional careers. With his family close by his side, they committed to fight the disease together.


Lou Sr. lost his battle to Alzheimer’s in early 2016, and the Holland family continues to inspire change in the face of this devastating disease.


Carlsson is the associate director of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute and associate professor in the Department of Medicine's Division of Geriatrics. She is a board-certified internist and geriatrician with clinical expertise in dementia.


Her clinical research focuses on early identification of Alzheimer’s disease through use of cerebrospinal fluid and neuroimaging biomarkers, and the role of vascular risk factors in the development of dementia.


Carlsson’s overarching goal is to better understand how vascular risk factors contribute to the development and progression of Alzheimer’s disease and how treating these vascular mechanisms may delay or prevent the onset of dementia.


“Dr. Carlsson is the consummate academic physician. Not only is she an internationally respected researcher, she is also an outstanding clinician, providing compassionate treatment to people with dementia and their families. Her leadership is invaluable as we strive to extend research findings into effective clinical practice across the state of Wisconsin and beyond,” says Jane Mahoney, MD, director of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute.

Date Published: 09/30/2016

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