Promoting longer, fuller cognitive lives for all.


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The mission of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute is to discover the mysteries of the normally aging brain to achieve a lifetime of cognitive health. Founded in 2006 at the University of Arizona, the institute is one of only four McKnight Institutes nationally.

Scientists used to view the aging brain as an inevitable story of decline. We now know that the brain continually adapts throughout life— a more hopeful outlook on the world’s most condensed mystery.

Because of the inventive research of Dr. Carol Barnes and other affiliated faculty, along with the continual development of new technologies, the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute is poised to contribute to southern Arizona as a center for high-level neuroscience, while also improving cognitive understanding and health for the entire world.


The Precision Aging® Network (PAN)

PAN is a partnership focused on sustaining healthy minds for life. PAN's approach is to discover personalized solutions to improve brain health.

We seek your help to answer critical questions.

  • What impacts healthy brain function as we age?
  • How can we achieve optimal brain function across our entire lives?
  • How can we predict, prevent, or slow unwanted changes in brain health?


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