The McKnight Brain Institutes

In 1999, Evelyn F. McKnight, a nurse, established the McKnight Brain Research Foundation as a legacy of support for her late husband, William M. McKnight, and their shared interest in the effects of aging on memory. Founded with the specific goal of better understanding and alleviating age-related cognitive decline and memory loss, the Foundation works to foster cross- discipline, productive collaboration among top brain health scientists from across the country.

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 established the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida. Endowed Chairs in Learning and Memory in Aging have been established at each of the four McKnight Brain Institutes and an additional Chair for Clinical Translational Research in Cognitive Aging was established at the University of Florida.

The scientific research conducted at the McKnight Brain Institutes examines the fundamental mechanisms that underlie the neurobiology of learning and memory and the influences contributing to successful aging. Findings and discoveries are applied clinically to maintain cognitive health and to contribute to the management of age-related cognitive decline and memory loss.

As leaders in cognitive aging research, the McKnight Brain Research Foundation and the McKnight Brain Institutes are committed to becoming a valued resource to the public by sharing their exciting research findings and practical suggestions for maintaining brain health, leading to the alleviation of 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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The Foundation is organized exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes, and will fund worthy proposals from domestic public charities, universities or colleges or from qualified individuals who apply with a sponsorship of an organization which is tax exempt for United States federal income tax purposes.

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