Emilio E. Decima, M.D.
Professor of Neurobiology, Emeritus
Emilio E. Decima, M.D., professor emeritus of anatomy, passed away suddenly at his home in Tucuman, Argentina, on November 26, 2003, from an apparent cerebrovascular accident. He was 71. He graduated as an M.D. from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina and later pursued graduate studies at UCLA, first with Dr. Robert Rand and then with Professor John Green, and at the Karolinksa Institute in Sweden under Professor Curt von Euler. He developed a distinguished research and teaching career at the UCLA Department of Anatomy, currently the Department of Neurobiology. After his early retirement from UCLA in the 1980s, Dr. Decima moved to Argentina where he became an established investigator for the Argentine National Research Council (CONICET) and a professor of neuroscience in the School of Medicine at the University of Tucuman. There he established a laboratory of neurophysiology where he developed neuroscience courses for graduate students and continued his investigations on neuronal plasticity. He was actively involved in neuroscience research until the day of his untimely death.
Dr. Decima is survived by his wife, Patricia Black-Decima, and his children, Juan Emilio, Lujan, Moira and Agustin.