Foundation History

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

Leading Scientific Research in Age-Related Cognitive Decline and Memory Loss

Inspiring Cognitive and Brain Health for Life

Promoting Partnerships and Collaborations
Nurturing Young Investigators and Clinicians

Evelyn F. McKnight, a nurse, established the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Research Foundation® on May 26, 1999. Mrs. McKnight and her late husband, William M. McKnight were interested in the effects of aging on memory and this interest inspired Mrs. McKnight to establish the Foundation as a legacy of support for research of the brain to alleviate the specific influence of age related memory loss.

The McKnight Brain Research Foundation was established as a tax-exempt foundation to exist in perpetuity as long as its purpose is maintained.

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 toward better understanding 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 alleviate age-related cognitive decline and memory loss.

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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