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The McKnight Brain Institutes
TH E MCK N I GHT BRAI N INS TITU TE S
The University of Florida
With the start of the new millennium, the University of Florida Brain Institute, a world class
$60 million building, was renamed the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute of
the University of Florida (UF MBI) to celebrate and commemorate a $15 million gift from the
McKnight Brain Research Foundation.
Today, the UF MBI is one of the nation’s most diverse neuroscience research centers. Its mission
extends far beyond its physical walls and serves as a “transparent umbrella” connecting and
supporting faculty members from other departments, centers and programs with concentrations
in neuroscience research throughout UF’s 16 colleges. Across campus, researchers collaborate
with cognitive aging core faculty — supported by the gift from the McKnight Brain Research
Foundation — on multidisciplinary teams to better understand how the brain works and how
various diseases alter brain function.
Ultimately these researchers and physician-scientists hope to broaden the understanding of
many neurological and psychiatric disorders and change them from untreatable to treatable,
incurable to curable and inevitable to preventable.
Evelyn F. & William L. McKnight Brain Research Foundation Leadership
Director, Todd E.
Golde, M.D., Ph.D.
Deputy Director, Steven
T. DeKosky, M.D.
Jada Lewis, Ph.D.
Director, Todd E. Golde, M.D.,
Ph.D., oversees, champions and
facilitates neuroscience and
neuromedicine research programs
across the UF campus. A professor
of neuroscience, Golde joined the
UF faculty in 2009 and became
founding director of the university’s
Center for Translational Research
in Neurodegenerative Disease.
Deputy Director, Steven T. DeKosky,
M.D., is also the Aerts-Cosper
Professor of Alzheimer’s Research
at the UF College of Medicine, codeputy director of the UF MBI and
associate director of the 1Florida
ADRC. DeKosky earned the Alzheimer
Association’s Lifetime Achievement
Henry Wisniewski Award in 2020.
Deputy Director, Jada Lewis, Ph.D.,
is a professor of neuroscience
and investigator at UF’s Center
for Translational Research in
Neurodegenerative Disease. She
has co-led the UF MBI’s Education
and Outreach Committee
with Jennifer Bizon, Ph.D., for
the last two-plus years.
Evelyn F. McKnight
Chair for Research on
Cognitive Aging and
Memory, Tom Foster, Ph.D.
Chair for Clinical
in Cognitive Aging, Ron
Cohen, Ph.D., ABPP, ABCN
Learn more about the Leadership Team on the UF MBI website