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The McKnight Brain Institutes
TH E MCK N I GHT BRAI N INS TITU TE S
The University of Miami
Research at the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Miami is dedicated
to advancing medical knowledge about memory loss and related neurological diseases.
UM MBI researchers are studying ways to improve the lives of people with Alzheimer’s
disease and other types of dementia, with a goal of developing new strategies to
stop the disease process, minimize the impact on individuals, restore lost functions
and eventually find the cause and cure for these devastating illnesses.
Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute Leadership
Executive Director, Ralph
L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.
Scientific Director, Tatjana Rundek,
Executive Director, Dr. Ralph L. Sacco, is also the Chairman
of Neurology, Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological
Disorders, Miller Professor of Neurology, Public Health
Sciences, Human Genetics, and Neurosurgery, and Chief
of the Neurology Service at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Scientific Director and Evelyn F. McKnight Chair for
Learning and Memory in Aging, Dr. Tatjana Rundek is
a Professor of Neurology, Epidemiology and Public
Health with tenure, Vice Chair of Clinical Research, and
Director of the Clinical Translational Research Division
in the Department of Neurology of the University
of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She holds a
secondary faculty appointment at the Department
of Neurology at Columbia University in New York.
Dr. Sacco, an elected member of the National Academy
of Medicine, is the founding Principal Investigator of
the 26-year NINDS-funded Northern Manhattan Study,
and co-investigator of multiple other NIH grants.
Learn more about the Leadership Team on the UM website
Cognitive Aging Research
The McKnight MRI Core and
Neuropsychology Core Projects
The McKnight MRI Core and Neuropsychology
Core Projects are collaborative core projects with
other McKnight Brain Institutes involving ongoing
research and collection of standardized brain
MRIs and neuropsychological assessment data
in patients with memory and cognitive loss.
Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute
Cognitive Disorders Clinical and
Biorepository Registry Collection
This comprehensive longitudinal database registry
includes patients with age-related memory disorders
and dementias. Participants are enrolled from
the University of Miami Memory Disorders Clinic,
a collaborative effort between Neurology and
Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. The databank
collects information on patient demographics,
clinical assessments, medical history, genetic risk
factors, imaging data and treatment modalities.