Statewide leaders of Florida’s life sciences industry representing biopharmaceutical, medical technology, and digital health companies, globally recognized research universities, and some of the leading non-profit research institutes in the world gathered in December for the BioFlorida Annual Conference to celebrate the unprecedented progress, growth, and collaboration in science, business and public policy.
BioFlorida recognized individuals and organizations across five categories for their achievements, including honoring Todd E. Golde, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida (MBI), with the inaugural Researcher of the Award. The inaugural Researcher of the Year Award recognizes distinguished researchers whose scientific achievements have significantly contributed to knowledge, innovation, and public health.
Dr. Golde is an international expert in the scientific understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and also serves as principal investigator of the 1Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (1Florida ADRC), a University of Florida-led consortium of top research institutions that enrolls diverse research participants with and without memory disorders and tracks them for years to reveal factors that influence progression rates, using blood samples, cognitive testing and state-of-the-art brain imaging.
Dr. Golde has published more than 300 papers that have been cited more than 42,000 times and his research into Alzheimer’s disease helped lay the foundation for the amyloid hypothesis and has made major contributions to the understanding of amyloid and tau pathologies, as well as the immune system’s role in the disease. Dr. Golde has earned more than $60 million in NIH funding, is an inventor on more than 12 patents and patent applications and is co-founder of two startup companies. Dr. Golde has worked to secure state support for Alzheimer’s research at the University of Florida and to implement a statewide grants program to support Alzheimer’s research.