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McKnight Brain Research Foundation Holds Ninth Inter-Institutional Meeting between the McKnight Brain Institutes

Published: May 31st, 2016

Category: News

Neuroepigenetic regulation of learning and memory, the use of Neuroimaging in characterization of cognitive aging, and standardization of cognitive assessment tools and 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 27-29, 2016.  This was the ninth 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 Arizona, was attended by the 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.  The first of the nine inter-institutional meeting was also hosted by the University of Arizona.

The attendees benefitted from three excellent presentations from invited key note speakers.  Dr. Claudia Kawas, Professor of Neurology in the School of Medicine and Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior, School of Biological Sciences at the University of California gave and excellent presentation on “Successful Aging: lessons from the oldest old”.  Dr. Scott Small, Boris and Rose Katz Professor of Neurology and Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Columbia University, enlightened the audience with new information on the “Regional vulnerability as a key to cognitive aging”.  Dr. Marilyn Albert, Professor of Neurology and Director of Cognitive Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins Hospital, provided very interesting information on “Separating the earliest phase of Alzheimer’s disease from age related cognitive decline: the BIOCARD study”.

Dr. Albert also served as a member of the committee for the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Cognitive Aging Study released in 2015, commissioned by the MBRF, and co-sponsored by the National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Retirement and Research Foundation and the AARP.

Carol A. Barnes, Ph.D., The Evelyn F. McKnight Chair of Learning and Memory in Aging and Director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Arizona was the local host and the arrangements chair for this important and successful meeting.

Click here to see the program.

Also see link to program and selective presentations at the conclusion of this posting.

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 5-7, 2017 and hosted by the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

The MBRF was 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. Both William L. McKnight and Evelyn were interested in the effects of aging on memory.  After Mr. McKnight’s death, Mrs. McKnight, a nurse, was inspired 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.

Because much of the information contained in each of the scientific sessions is of a proprietary and preliminary nature, not all of the power point slides accompanying each presentation are 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.

Link to selective presentations: