Welcome to the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute
at the University of Miami

Why do some people age better than others?

The “graying of America” is growing at a record pace. In less than two decades, older adults are projected to outnumber children for the first time in this country’s history. University of Miami researchers are tapping into this expanding population in an effort to understand what allows some to age better than others.

We are grateful for the support of the McKnight Brain Research Foundation that established our Institute to investigate and treat age-related cognitive decline. Our basic and clinical research cores support multi-disciplinary research across scientific disciplines, and our educational programs foster the growth of scientists and clinicians at all levels of training and of the community at large. Through our collaborative and translational programs across McKnight Brain Institutes at the University of Alabama, the University of Arizona, and the University of Florida we hope to pioneer approaches that accelerate treatments and practical interventions to address the needs of our aging population.

Ralph L Sacco, MD, MS
Executive Director


Tatjana Rundek, MD, PhD Scientific Director

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Xiaoyan Sun, MD, PhD,
Education Director


Bonnie Levin, PhD,
Cognitive Core Director

Stacy S. Merritt, MA,
Research and Adminstration Director

Susan Fox-Rosellini, Executive Director of Development & Marketing, Neurology Department