The McKnight Brain Research Foundation (MBRF) recently elected Patricia Boyle, PhD, Professor of Behavioral Sciences andPsychiatry and a neuropsychologist with the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago, to its Board of Trustees. Dr. Boyle’s extensive expertise and internationally renowned research on the neurobiologic basis and prevention of cognitive and functional decline in old age will help move the Foundation closer to its goal of better understanding and alleviating age-related cognitive decline and memory loss.
Dr. Boyle’s research is particularly innovative in its focus on identifying factors that provide resilience in the face of aging-related challenges. Her research has been continuously funded by the National Institute on Aging for two decades. She has published more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and serves on national advisory committees on aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Boyle is also the Leader of Research Education at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, where she is dedicated to developing the next generation of highly skilled investigators engaged in transformative interdisciplinary aging research. Dr. Boyle is frequently cited as a respected source of scientific information in national media articles.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Boyle as the newest member of our Board of Trustees,” said Michael L. Dockery, MD, Chair, McKnight Brain Research Foundation. “Dr. Boyle’s experience as an expert clinical research neuropsychologist focused on preventing cognitive decline in older age, makes her uniquely qualified to serve as a trustee of the MBRF as we work to better understand how to prevent cognitive decline and memory loss associated with the aging process.”
With cognitive changes due to the normal aging process affecting nearly 87 percent of people age 65 and older, the McKnight Brain Research Foundation is the nation’s only private foundation dedicated exclusively to solving the mysteries of the aging brain and helping people achieve a lifetime of cognitive health. The Foundation supports research specifically targeting cognitive aging, age-related cognitive decline and memory loss and works to educate the public on the steps that can be taken to maintain cognitive and brain health.
Boyle received her PhD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Prior to her tenure at Rush, Boyle was on the faculty of the Boston University School of Medicine.
Dr. Boyle joins the MBRF’s current Board of Trustees, including Dr. J. Lee Dockery, Gainesville, FL; Dr. Michael L. Dockery, Chair, Charlotte, NC; Dr. Richard S. Isaacson, New York, NY; Dr. Gene Ryerson, Gainesville, FL; Dr. Susan L. Pekarske, Tucson, AZ; Dr. Madhav Thambisetty, Vice Chair, Silver Spring, MD; Dr. Robert Wah, McLean, VA; and Melanie Cianciotto, Corporate Trustee, Orlando, FL, in working to improve quality of life for the public by alleviating age-related memory loss.