McKnight Clinical Translational Research Scholarship in Cognitive Aging and Age-Related Memory Loss

Young clinician scientist

Since 2018, the McKnight Brain Research Foundation has funded annually two McKnight Clinical Translational Research Scholarships (CTRS) in Cognitive Aging and Age-Related Memory Loss through the American Brain Foundation and the American Academy of Neurology.

The scholarships support early career clinician scientists with the purpose of developing the next generation of researchers working to better understand and alleviate the effects of age-related cognitive decline and memory loss.

Program At-A-Glance

Each McKnight scholarship consists of a commitment of $65,000 per year for two years, plus $10,000 per year to support formal education in clinical research methodology. To date, eight clinician scientists have received McKnight scholarships, and two new researchers will be awarded scholarships in 2022.
awarded to eight recipients in the first four years
applications for eight McKnight Scholarships
papers published by McKnight Scholars


The McKnight Brain Research Foundation recently renewed its commitment to the collaboration with the American Brain Foundation and American Academy of Neurology with a five-year year, $1.65 million grant to support 10 additional McKnight scholars.

Two scholarships per year will be awarded from 2023 to 2028.

Interested in Applying?
Are you a clinician scientist studying cognitive aging or age-related memory loss? The application period for the 2022 Clinical Translational Research Scholarship closed on October 1, 2021. The application window for the 2023 scholarships will open in July 2022.
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Meet the Scholars

The McKnight scholars represent the best and brightest early career physician scientists, and their projects have been vetted and selected by the American Academy of Neurology’s Science Committee and three Donor Trustees of the McKnight Brain Research Foundation.

The current McKnight scholars are engaged in interdisciplinary research projects that range from studies exploring the role of sleep in memory formation, to the impact of kidney disease on cognitive impairment and memory loss, to the correlation between hearing loss and scam susceptibility in older adults. Hailing from seven universities across the country, their interdisciplinary research projects are advancing the understanding of age-related cognitive decline and memory loss.

Meet the 2021 Scholars

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Reem Waziry, MBBCh, MPH, PhD
Columbia University, New York, NY

Project: Biological Age and Cognitive Resilience: with Special Emphasis on Ischemic Stroke Survivors
Dr. Waziry's project will study cognitive resilience in ischemic stroke survivors to determine if biologically younger patients have better cognitive outcomes after ischemic stroke. The project aims to uncover how biological aging relates to cerebrovascular disease in order to better understand mechanisms of cognitive resilience in vulnerable populations and help improve cognitive health among our aging population.

Wai-Ying Wendy Yau, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Project: Quantifying Vascular Contributions to Cognitive Aging Mediated by White Matter Injury and Tau
With growing urgency to find factors to slow cognitive decline, the goal of Dr. Yau’s research is to discover the connections between early vascular risk and brain injury. Her research aims to identify plasma and neuroimaging biomarkers connecting higher vascular risk to poor cognition, with the ultimate goal of slowing the rate of cognitive decline and promoting healthier brain aging.

Past Recipients

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2020 Recipient

Brian Baxter, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Project: Characterizing and enhancing sleep oscillations to improve memory: developing a scalable treatment for healthy aging and age-related memory loss
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2020 Recipient

Sarah Getz, PhD
University of Miami Department of Neurology, Instructor of Neuropsychology

Project: Neurocognitive correlates of scam susceptibility in age-related hearing loss
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2019 Recipient

Christian Camargo, MD
University of Miami Department of Neurology, Assistant Professor of Clinical

Project: Reducing the effects of aging on cognition with therapeutic intervention of an oral nutrient – the REACTION Study
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2019 Recipient

Sanaz Sedaghat, PhD
Northwestern University, Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology

Project: Cognitive aging in kidney impairment: role of uremic toxins
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2018 Recipient

Kimberly Albert, PhD
Vanderbilt University, Research Instructor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Project: Changes in attention network dynamics related to performance in aging
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2018 Recipient

Brice McConnell, MD, PhD
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Neurology

Project: Development of transcranial electrical stimulation for modulation of sleep and cognitive performance in aging adults
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