Jennifer Bizon, Ph.D., chair of the UF College of Medicine department of neuroscience and an expert in brain aging, has been appointed director of the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute of the University of Florida.
Since 2017, Bizon has served in key leadership roles at the McKnight Brain Institute (MBI) as a member of the UF Health Neuroscience and Neuromedicine Executive Committee and as co-chair of the MBI’s Education and Outreach Committee, which has provided new avenues for trainees and faculty to boost their careers.
Prior to her arrival at UF in 2010, Bizon spent seven years as a psychology professor at Texas A&M University, where she was vice chair of the Neuroscience Executive Committee. She was recruited to UF as part of an initiative to expand the university’s research in cognitive aging, supported by the McKnight Brain Research Foundation, which provided a $15 million gift to UF in 2000, leading to the institute’s renaming.
“With cognitive changes due to the normal aging process affecting nearly 87 percent of the population, our goal as the McKnight Brain Research Foundation is to translate laboratory discoveries into clinical practice in order to better understand the mysteries of the aging brain and help people achieve a lifetime of cognitive health,” said Michael L. Dockery, M.D., Chair, McKnight Brain Research Foundation. “Dr. Bizon is an internationally known cognitive aging researcher and the perfect choice to lead the MBI in these efforts.”