McKnight Brain Research Foundation Holds Sixth Inter-Institutional Meeting
An epigenetics hypothesis of cognitive aging, standardization of cognitive assessment tools and the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) standards of evaluation in cognitive aging across the McKnight Brain Institutes were the topics for the meeting of cognitive aging research scientists who met April 24-26, 2013. This was the sixth inter-institutional meeting sponsored by the McKnight Brain Research Foundation (MBRF). This year’s meeting, hosted by the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, was attended by 85 scientists from the four McKnight Brain Institutes located at the University of Alabama, the University of Arizona and the University of Florida and the University of Miami.
J. David Sweatt, PhD, The Evelyn F. McKnight Chair of Learning and Memory in Aging and Director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Alabama at Birmingham was the local host and the arrangements chair for this important and successful meeting.
The purpose of the inter-institutional meetings is to foster the necessary collaboration between the research scientists in each of the four McKnight Brain Institutes 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.
The inter-institutional meetings are held at least annually, rotating among each of the four McKnight Brain Institutes. The next MBRF sponsored inter-institutional meeting will be on April 23-25, 2014 and hosted by the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
The MBRF established by Evelyn F. McKnight in 1999 with the purpose of promoting research and investigation of the brain in the fundamental mechanisms that underlie the neurobiology of memory with clinical relevance to the problems of age related memory loss. Mrs. McKnight, a nurse and widow of William L. McKnight, each was interested in the effects of aging on memory which inspired Mrs. McKnight to establish the Foundation as a legacy of support for research of the brain leading to the understanding and alleviation of age related memory loss.