Ronald M. Lazar, PhD has joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham as director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute in the School of Medicine and will hold the Evelyn F. McKnight Endowed Chair for Learning and Memory in Aging in the Department of Neurology.
Lazar comes to UAB from Columbia University Medical Center, where he was a professor of neuropsychology.
UAB is home to one of four McKnight Brain Institutes in the nation. They are devoted to translating discoveries from biomedical research into processes to minimize the deleterious effects of aging on learning and memory in humans.
The UAB McKnight Institute currently has 30 investigators and Lazar intends to expand the faculty base.
Lazar says the Institute brings together basic scientists, translational researchers and clinical research to better understand memory dysfunction and to develop new treatments for aging-related memory disorders.
"The McKnight Brain Institute represents a unified scientific and clinical focus on aging-related memory dysfunction, and also houses a core of investigators of the absolute highest quality," Lazar said.