The McKnight Brain Research Foundation was created in 1999 to promote research and investigation of the mechanisms of the brain that underlie the neurobiology of memory, with clinical relevance to the problems of age-related memory loss. Evelyn McKnight, who was a nurse, and her husband, William, were interested in the effects of aging on memory. William McKnight was chairman of the board of the 3M Corp. for 59 years before his death in 1979. Evelyn continued to support his interest in brain research and memory loss until her death in 1999. Now her legacy continues their commitment through the establishment of the McKnight Brain Research Foundation.
In addition to the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Arizona, the Foundation has established three other Brain Institutes to pursue its research mandate: