Dr. Jeffrey L. Cummings

Research Professor, Department of Brain Health
Director, Chambers-Grundy Center for Transformative Neuroscience at UNLV
Expertise: Neuroscience, neurodegenerative diseases, Alzheimer’s Disease, drug development, clinical trials, neurotherapeutics

Biography

Jeffrey L. Cummings, MD, ScD, joined the UNLV School of Integrated Health Sciences in 2019 as research professor within the department of brain health. Dr. Cummings is the Joy Chambers-Grundy Professor of Brain Science, an endowed professorship. He is the Director of the Chambers-Grundy Center for Transformative Neuroscience, a center devoted to using the tools of neuroscience and neurologic drug development to transform people’s lives.

Prior to UNLV, Dr. Cummings served as founding director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, and as director of the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research, and director of the Deane F. Johnson Center for Neurotherapeutics, both at UCLA.

A world-renowned Alzheimer’s researcher and leader of clinical trials, Dr. Cummings has been recognized for his scientific and leadership contributions with the American Geriatrics Society’s Henderson Award (2006), the national Alzheimer’s Association’s Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Award (2008), and the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry’s Distinguished Scientist Award (2010). 

Dr. Cummings’ interests embrace clinical trials, developing new therapies for brain diseases, and the interface of neuroscience and society. Dr. Cummings has published nearly 800 articles and 44 books devoted to neuroscience, Alzheimer’s disease, and clinical trials.

Dr. Cummings received the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2017), the International Society of CNS Drug Development’s Leadership and Achievement Award and the national Alzheimer’s Association’s Bengt Winblad Lifetime Achievement Award (2018).

Additionally, he was featured in Gentleman’s Quarterly (June 2009) as a “Rock Star of Science. ™” In addition to his work at UNLV, Dr. Cummings is professor of medicine (Neurology) at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, and he is principal investigator/director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences-funded Center for Neurodegeneration and Translational Neuroscience.

Education

  • Sc.D., Science, University of Wyoming
  • Neurology fellowship, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Neuropathology/Neuropsychiatry fellowship, National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, London
  • M.D., Medicine, University of Washington
  • B.S., Zoology/Philosophy, University of Wyoming

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Dr. Jeffrey L. Cummings In The News

October 13, 2021
NSUmethanide, an already approved drug for the treatment of swelling associated with conditions such as heart failure, improved cognitive test performance and reduced the accumulation of amyloid plaques in mice with conditions like Alzheimer’s disease.
October 12, 2021
Researchers looking for a pre-approved drug that can be reused to treat Alzheimer’s disease have found promising signs of efficacy in a 50-year-old generic drug commonly used as a diuretic.
October 12, 2021
Researchers say they hope to launch a clinical trial to test bumetanide, a diuretic approved in 2002, but how it might improve neural functioning is unclear.
October 11, 2021
A generic drug used widely to treat swelling associated with hypertension and heart failure showed hints in early research that it may also prevent the devastating brain damage of Alzheimer’s disease, a surprising twist that suggests scientists have a lot more to learn about the root cause of the neurodegenerative condition.

Articles Featuring Dr. Jeffrey L. Cummings

Campus News | September 7, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting community and perseverance at UNLV.
Campus News | July 9, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.
Campus News | June 8, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting celebration, health, and progress at UNLV.
Jeffrey L. Cummings pictured in a white lab coat in his lab on UNLV's campus
Research | June 7, 2021
UNLV research professor Jeffrey L. Cummings examines Alzheimer's clinical trials pipeline in two new studies.