Departments: Neurology - Adjunct Assistant Professor
Divisions: Sleep and Movement Disorders
- National Board of Medical Examiners
Rodolfo Savica MD, MSc joined the University of Utah Department of Neurology as an Assistant Professor in 2013. He his lead author of more than 40 publications about neurodegenerative disorders. His principal research interests are Parkinson's disease and dementias, in particular Dementia with Lewy Bodies.HIs research focused on the epidemiologic and genetic pre-motor risk factors and the clinical features of Parkinson's disease. He is currently studying the premotor features of Dementia wiht Lewy Bodies and Parkinson Disease Dementia. In particular, he is interesting in the prediction of clinical phenotypes of the different clinical types of alpha-synucleinopathy. He was among the authors who first described the clinical features of the most common genetic form of fronto-temporal dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (C9ORF72).Furthermore, based on personal experience he has been interested in the role of head trauma and sport-related concussions in the development of neurodegenerative disorders.Dr. Savica complete his medical doctor degree at University of Messina, Italy and his neurology residency in Messina, Italy, He completed a movement disorders fellowship, a behavioral fellowship, and a deep brain stimulation fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester. He also was appointed as Assistant Professor at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester in 2011. Dr. Savica completed two years of research fellowship and a master's degree in Clinical and Transitional Science in 2009 at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester defending a thesis on neuroepidemiology of pre-motor factors of Parkinson's disease. He served as a reviewer for numerous international peer-reviewed journals and as a grant reviewer for the Italian, French, Irish and British ministry of health. His research featured on USA Today, NY Times and CNN. He was awarded with a number of national and international scientific awards such as 2010 Neurology Clinical Research Award of the Mayo Clinic, the 2011 Junior Academic Neurologist Award of American Neurological Association, the 2012 Donald C. Balfour Alumni Award for Meritorious Research of the Mayo Clinic and the 2013 John Stolk Award in Movement Disorders for Young Investigators of the American Academy of Neurology.