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McKnight Brain Research Foundation to Host Third Inter-Institutional Meeting

Published: April 23rd, 2009

Category: Events

On April 28-30, 2010, the trustees of the McKnight Brain Research Foundation (MBRF) will host the third inter-institutional meeting between the four MBRF funded institutions.  The site of the 2010 meeting will be the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.

The Directors and their respective research teams from the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institutes at the University of Alabama, the University of Arizona and the University of Florida (UF) and the Evelyn F. McKnight Center for Age Related Memory Loss at the University of Miami will gathered to discuss the research in progress and the possible collaboration between and among the scientists at each of the four institutions on the problems of learning and memory in the aging with emphasis on cognitive health, prevention and treatment of cognitive decline and loss.

The purpose of the inter-institutional meetings is to foster the necessary collaboration to achieve successful outcomes in the understanding of cognitive aging and possible treatments of cognitive loss and decline.

Several areas for potential collaboration have been identified:

  1. Stem Cells and Neurogenesis
  2. Glial Biology
  3. Imaging: fMRI/systems, Microscopy (Molecular)
  4. Genetics, Epigenetics, Model Systems
  5. Cellular Plasticity – Place Cells Synapses
  6. Human Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience

Dr. Thomas Foster, the Evelyn F. McKnight Chair for Research on Aging and Memory at the McKnight Brain Institute at the U of F will act as the local host and chair of the arrangements committee composed of Dr. Dennis A. Steindler, Executive Director of the McKnight Brain Institute and Dr. Marco Pahor, Director of the Institute on Aging and Chair of the Department of Aging and Geriatric Research at the UF.
The first inter-institutional meeting in 2008 was held at the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Arizona and the second in 2009 was held at the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.  More than 75 research scientists from each of the four MBRF funded institutions have attended each inter-institutional meeting.