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The Mayor’s Initiative on Aging: Your Brain

Join us for a series of discussions on how aging affects your brain, including what to expect, prevention and best practices.

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.

Study Shows Extra Weight in 60s May Be Linked to Brain Thinning Years Later

Having a bigger waistline and a high body mass index (BMI) in your 60s may be linked with greater signs of brain aging years later, according to a study published by a leading University of Miami neurology researcher in the July 24 online edition of N e u r o l o g y®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study suggests that these factors may accelerate brain aging by at least a decade.

Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute – Research Seminar Speaker

On June 26th, the eminent Dr. Hachinski was our special Research Seminar presenter. He is the Distinguished University Professor at the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences at Western University London in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Vladimir Hachinski is a world-renowned neurologist, a foremost authority in the field of stroke, dementia and Alzheimer’s research and an international leader in the joint prevention of stroke and dementia. He presented on the Origin, Status and Future of the Hachinski Ischemic Score.

June 7th, 2019 Guest Grand Rounds Speaker – Ron Lazar, PhD, FAHA, FAAN

Dr. Lazar is a Professor of Neurology, he holds the Evelyn F. McKnight Endowed Chair and is the Director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He is a neuropsychologist with broad interests in aging and vascular disease, with emphases on reversible causes of cognitive decline, risk-factor modification to promote cognitive resiliency, and recovery after stroke. He presentation was on Vascular Cognitive Impairment: Insights from Vascular Interventions.

Dr.Tatjana Rundek was nominated for the 31st annual in the Company of Women Outstanding Woman in Science and Technology award and it was one of 2 winners who are sharing this year’s award

Dr.Tatjana Rundek was nominated for the 31st annual in the Company of Women Outstanding Woman in Science and Technology award and it was one of 2 winners who are sharing this year’s award.

Study Aims to Find Key to Brain Health for ‘Super’ Aging Seniors

An innovative study by the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute of the Department of Neurology in the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine aims to determine what factors contribute to successful aging in seniors 85 and older.

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October 31st, 2018 Research Symposium and Chair Presentation

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute Research Symposium and Chair Presentation Don Soffer Clinical Research Center (CRB) Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education 1 st Floor Auditorium 1120 NW 14 th Street, 1st Floor Miami, Florida 33136 McKnight Research Symposium – PROGRAM AGENDA

Dr. Tatjana Rundek Awarded the Evelyn F. McKnight Endowed Chair for Learning and Memory in Aging

At a ceremony before many of the nation’s most prominent neurologists, renowned researcher, epidemiologist, mentor, and educator Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., formally became the holder of the Evelyn F. McKnight Endowed Chair for Learning and Memory in Aging.

Congratulations to Dr. Joyce Gomes-Osman for being awarded a Mentored Translational Research Scholars Program Award (KL2) from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Miami!

Congratulations to Dr. Joyce Gomes-Osman for being awarded a Mentored Translational Research Scholars Program Award (KL2) from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Miami! This program is designed to support the research career development of early stage investigators at the assistant professor level for two years and will include: (1) 75% salary support up to the NIH Salary Cap; (2) $2,500 for travel and training-related activities; (3) $30,000 for research expenses.

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Neighborhood Greenness and Alzheimer’s Disease in 249,405 U.S. Medicare Beneficiaries

Neighborhood greenness, or vegetative presence, has been associated with various indicators of health and wellbeing, but its relationship to Alzheimer’s disease has been less studied. Understanding the role of environmental factors in Alzheimer’s disease in older adults may inform and complement traditional interventions for Alzheimer’s disease and/or related dementias, including prevention and treatment. This study examines the relationship between neighborhood greenness and a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease among older adults in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States.

Dr. Susan Pekarske is Elected Trustee of the McKnight Brain Research Foundation

Dr. Susan Pekarske is Elected Trustee of the McKnight Brain Research Foundation

Dr. Susan L. Pekarske, a distinguished clinical pathologist and hematopathologist was elected trustee of the McKnight Brain Research Foundation (MBRF) at its board meeting on February 21, 2018.  Her three-year term of service is effective July 1, 2018. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. […]

Uncovering Risk Profiles of Deception and Mitigating Susceptibility to Scamming in Midlife and Older Age: A Novel Intervention Tool

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Non-invasive Brain Stimulation: Probing Intracortical Circuits and Improving Cognition in the Aging Brain

Check out the exciting new publication led by Dr. Joyce Gomes-Osman here at the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and in collaboration with Dr. Adam Woods at the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida. This article highlights the opportunities created by applying innovative […]

Here’s How Much Exercise You Need to Keep Your Brain Healthy

We are excited that the latest article by Dr. Joyce Gomes-Osman, winner of our first Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute Pilot Award at University of Miami, was published at Neurology: Clinical Practice, and disseminated through various news outlets. Check out the article in TIME Magazine below: Click Here

We know that exercise may help improve thinking skills. But how much exercise? And for how long?

To find the answers, researchers led by Joyce Gomes-Osman, Ph.D., PT, assistant professor of clinical physical therapy and neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, reviewed all of the studies in which older adults were asked to exercise for at least four weeks and then take tests of thinking and memory skills. […]

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The McKnight Brain Research Foundation appoints Amy Porter to Executive Director Position

The McKnight Brain Research Foundation (MBRF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy McGuire Porter as its Executive Director (ED) effective, April 1, 2018. The ED is the chief management officer of the MBRF and reports directly to the Board of Trustees (Board) through the Chair of the Board. The ED serves as the […]

Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., FAAN

Dr. Tatjana Rundek Named Scientific Director of Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute

Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., FAAN, professor of neurology and public health sciences and executive vice chair for research and faculty affairs in the Department of Neurology, has been named scientific director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute and Evelyn F. McKnight Chair for Learning and Memory in Aging at the University of Miami Miller […]

Joyce Gomes-Osman, PhD, PT

Small Pilot Grant Awarded to Joyce Gomes-Osman, PhD, PT

Joyce Gomes-Osman, PhD, PT is the first recipient of the Evelyn F. McKnight Small Pilot Collaborative Research Award Program (funding period: July 2017- June 2018). She is a rehabilitation scientist with expertise in clinical research that aims to harness plasticity through interventions such as noninvasive brain stimulation (NIBS) and exercise, and assesses their effects on […]