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McKnight Brain Research Foundation April 2014 Program

Published: May 23rd, 2014

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McKnight Brain Research Foundation April 2014 Program

The McKnight Brain Research Foundation (MBRF) sponsored the meeting of approximately 100 cognitive aging and memory research scientists from the four McKnight Brain Institutes for the seventh inter-institutional gathering on April 23-25, 2014. The impact of age-related executive function changes on memory; standardization and sharing of brain imaging data across the four McKnight Brain Institutes; epigenetics of cognitive aging; and clinical translational approaches to enhancing cognitive aging were the thematic topics of four scientific sessions. A fifth half day scientific session featured a series of nine presentations by young investigators and graduate students on research in progress involving various aspects of cognitive aging and memory loss associated with the aging process.

This year’s meeting of directors and their respective research teams from the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institutes at the University of Alabama, the University of Arizona, the University of Florida (UF) and the University of Miami was hosted by the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida. Thomas C. Foster, PhD, Professor and Chair for Research on Cognitive Aging and Memory at UF’s McKnight Brain Institute acted as the local host and 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 meeting will be April 29-May 1, 2015 at the McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Miami.

Because much of the information contained in each of the scientific sessions is of a proprietary and preliminary nature, the power points slides accompanying each presentation are not published. Anyone wishing to obtain information personally may wish to make contact with the individual investigator. The contact information for each investigator is listed in the roster for each respective institution in the back of the program.