About the McKnight Brain Research Foundation

The McKnight Brain Research Foundation is the only private foundation devoted exclusively to solving the mysteries of the aging brain and helping people achieve a lifetime of cognitive health.

Leaders in Cognitive Aging Research

See a snapshot of the accomplishments the McKnight Brain Research Foundation has made toward establishing and advancing the field of cognitive aging research over its 21-year history.

Lead

First to establish a dedicated area of research specifically focused on age-related cognitive decline and memory loss

Inspire

Sharing information and research to help people maintain cognition and brain health for life

Partner

Forming partnerships and collaborations among scientists, institutions and organizations

Recognize and Reward

Offering scholarships and grants to attract bright young researchers and support current scientists

Founded in 1999 by Evelyn McKnight, the Foundation’s specific goal is to better understand and alleviate age-related cognitive decline and memory loss.

Cognitive changes due to the normal aging process affect 87 percent of people age 65 and older, impacting abilities like processing speed and decision-making and contributing to some types of memory loss. The McKnight Brain Research Foundation works to champion research to better understand age-related cognitive decline and memory loss and educate the public on the steps that can be taken to maintain cognitive and brain health and age successfully.

In its first 20 years, the Foundation established Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institutes at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Arizona, and the University of Miami, and the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida.

By partnering with the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, and with the support of three Cognitive Aging Summits and the National Academy of Medicine Cognitive Aging Report, we have made great progress to better understand the effects of age-related cognitive decline and memory loss over the last two decades.

The McKnight Brain Research Foundation and the McKnight Brain Institutes are leaders in cognitive aging research and together we are committed to sharing our exciting research findings and practical suggestions for maintaining brain health with the public in order to better understand and alleviate age-related cognitive decline and memory loss. 


Our 20+ Year Commitment to Brain Research

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Read our new organizational brochure to learn more about our investment in and commitment to preserving memory and enhancing life by uncovering the mysteries of the aging brain.

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The McKnight Brain Institutes

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University of Alabama at Birmingham

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University of Arizona

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University of Florida

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University of Miami

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Advocating for new research helps us understand age-related cognitive decline and memory loss to help people like you age successfully.

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