Education & Outreach
Congratulations to the 2020 McKnight Brain Institute Education and Outreach award recipients.
UF neuroscience students spread to public schools and hosted field trips at UF’s McKnight Brain Institute and academic health center.
These events are organized thematically and provide researchers an opportunity to highlight research findings and promote collaborations among the UF neuroscience community. Refreshments are served and all are welcome.
For these speaking engagements, visiting scholars who have made exceptional contributions to neuromedicine or “rising stars” pioneering new directions in neuroscience research will visit the University of Florida to deliver a lecture of broad interest to the neuroscience community. We will celebrate their achievements with a reception following each lecture.
Held each year, the William G. Luttge Lectureship in Neuroscience explores inventive ideas and approaches to ensure healthy cognitive aging and to counter brain diseases. In 2012, the McKnight Brain Research Foundation endowed UF with $300,000 to establish a permanent annual lectureship as a memorial tribute to the late William G. “Bill” Luttge, Ph.D., the MBI’s first director.
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) affects over 5 million people in the U.S.; however, despite more than 100 years of research, there are still no disease-modifying therapies. This T32 program is aimed at understanding connections between AD and other dementias, and the risk factors and comorbidities associated with them, to offer insights into the disease and afford novel targets for patient care.
Supports students from diverse backgrounds who seek to pursue Ph.D. training in neuroscience and prepare for careers in biomedical research, education and enterprise. Interns join active neuroscience research labs, while also receiving highly personalized guidance on graduate school admissions, professional development and career planning.
This online program program is designed to provide post-graduate students and working professionals, whose professions are impacted by the field of neuroscience, with an understanding of normal brain function and the clinical expression and underlying pathogenesis of common neurological disorders.
Trainee Funding Opportunities
Open to all Ph.D. students and post-doctoral and clinical fellows performing neuroscience research at UF. This award is intended to fund unique opportunities that allow trainees to enhance training toward their career.
We anticipate awarding one-year fellowships to two doctoral students and one fellow. Awards for doctoral students will be up to $25,000, and post-doctoral fellows and clinical fellows will be up to $40,000 which can be used for salary, fringe and tuition as needed.
Funding provided to McKnight Brain Institute by the Karen Toffler Charitable Trust for Neuroscience Research and Education Fund. To be considered for these awards applicants must be an MBI member and enrolled in a Ph.D., M.D. or combined doctoral program working in the field of neuroscience.
The Toffler Leadership Awards recognize excellence in neuroscience research and/or education by students. The MBI has dedicated $2,500 per year in support of this program and anticipates at least three awards will be given annually.
The Toffler Research Awards provide summer research funds for M.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students in neuroscience. Funding will also be available for students to travel to present their own research.
Faculty Funding opportunities
The MBI accepts requests to offset the costs associated with symposia and conferences that benefit the UF neuroscience community and have a primary focus on central and peripheral nervous system function.
The McKnight Brain Institute Pilot Grants were established to support assistant professors conducting research in the neurosciences in laboratories affiliated with the MBI.
We anticipate awarding supplemental research funds to junior faculty who have currently existing independent extramural support, but who have not received an R01 equivalent
Open to all clinical and post-doctoral fellows and assistant professors who work in the field of neuroscience. This award recognizes and rewards post-doctoral fellows and assistant professors who excel in academics and research.
MBI travel awards
Open to all students, fellows and faculty performing neuroscience research. This award provides travel support to present UF neuroscience research at national and international conferences. Funding requests can only be made for registration, travel and hotel.