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McKnight Brain Research Foundation Hosts Third Inter-Institutional Meeting

Published: July 17th, 2010

Category: Events

McKnight Brain Research Foundation Hosts Third Inter-Institutional Meeting Development of new therapies to prevent, delay or slow age-related memory loss requires inter-disciplinary efforts, say research scientists who met on April 28-30, 2010, at the McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida.

The meeting, hosted by the trustees of the McKnight Brain Research Foundation (MBRF), brought together more than 90 research scientists from each of the four MBRF-funded institutions.

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 and the Evelyn F. McKnight Center for Age Related Memory Loss at the University of Miami gathered to discuss the research in progress and the various collaborations between and among the scientists at each of the four institutions.

The purpose of the inter-institutional meetings is to foster the necessary collaboration between the research scientists in each of the four institutions to achieve successful outcomes in the understanding of cognitive aging and the problems of learning and memory in the aging with emphasis on cognitive health, prevention and treatment of cognitive decline and loss.

Thomas Foster, Ph.D., the Evelyn F. McKnight Chair in Age Related Memory Loss at UF’s McKnight Brain Institute, acted as the local host and arrangements chair for this important and successful meeting.

The scientific program emphasized the importance of moving diagnostic tools and research from the laboratory to clinical translational research leading to clinical trials and therapies for patients.

The inter-institutional meetings are held at least annually, rotating among each of the four institutions.

The next MBRF hosted inter-institutional meeting will be May 1-3, 2011, at the Evelyn F. McKnight Center for Age Related Memory Loss at the University of Miami Miller School Of Medicine. The 2010 inter-institutional meeting precedes the Second Cognitive Aging Summit to be held in Washington, D.C., in Oct. 3-5, 2010, in collaboration between the MBRF and the National Institute on Aging through the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

The purpose of the Cognitive Aging Summits is to bring together a range of experts in a variety of research fields to discuss the cutting-edge advances in our understanding of age-related brain and behavioral changes. The 2010 Cognitive Aging Summit II will review new knowledge and discoveries since the inaugural Cognitive Aging Summit in 2007, and evaluate their influence on the current knowledge and research initiatives in normal aging and changes in cognition and memory associated with the aging process.

New and innovative approaches to research will be explored leading to discoveries which are intended for clinical application which will prevent or delay cognitive decline or lead to strategies for treatment through pharmacological, behavioral or environmental intervention. Ultimately, to improve outcomes for the aging, it is important to raise the level of awareness both within the scientific community and among the public about the importance of this area of research and its tremendous value to society in improving the cognitive health of the Public.