The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience has selected four projects to receive the 2015 Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards. The awards will total $1.2 million over three years for research on the biology of brain diseases, with each project receiving $300,000 between 2015 and 2017.
|Letters of intent for the 2016 awards are due by April 1, 2015.
The Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards support innovative research by U.S. scientists who are studying neurological and psychiatric diseases, especially those related to memory and cognition. The awards encourage collaboration between basic and clinical neuroscience to translate laboratory discoveries about the brain and nervous system into diagnoses and therapies to improve human health.
The awards will support studies of genes and areas of the brain involved in neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
“Neurological diseases affect a vast segment of our aging population, including not only patients, but also their families and friends,” said Wendy Suzuki, PhD, chair of the awards committee and professor at New York University Center for Neural Science. “The long-term goal of these awards is to alleviate human suffering by thoroughly understanding the root causes of these diseases so that new clinical therapies can follow.”
The awards are inspired by the interests of William L. McKnight, who founded The McKnight Foundation in 1953 and wanted to support research on diseases affecting memory. His daughter, Virginia McKnight Binger, and The McKnight Foundation board established the McKnight neuroscience program in his honor in 1977.
ABOUT THE McKNIGHT ENDOWMENT FUND FOR NEUROSCIENCE
The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience is an independent organization funded solely by The McKnight Foundation of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and led by a board of prominent neuroscientists from around the country. The McKnight Foundation has supported neuroscience research since 1977. The foundation established the Endowment Fund in 1986 to carry out one of the intentions of founder William L. McKnight (1887-1978). One of the early leaders of the 3M Company, he had a personal interest in memory and its diseases.
The Endowment Fund makes three types of awards each year. In addition to the Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards, they are the McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Awards, providing seed money to develop technical inventions to advance brain research; and the McKnight Scholar Awards, supporting neuroscientists in the early stages of their research careers.
For more information, see www.mcknight.org/neuroscience