William G. Luttge Lectureship in Neuroscience
In 2012, the McKnight Brain Research Foundation endowed the University of Florida with $300,000 to establish a permanent annual lectureship as a memorial tribute to the late William G. “Bill” Luttge, PhD, the first director of UF’s Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute (MBI). To be held each year, the William G. Luttge Lectureship in Neuroscience will explore inventive ideas and approaches to ensure healthy cognitive aging and to counter brain diseases.
Luttge spearheaded efforts to organize the vast amount of brain research conducted at the University of Florida into a comprehensive program, eventually resulting in the establishment of the $60 million Brain Institute on the UF Health Science Center campus in Gainesville that was dedicated in 1998. He passed away March 24, 2012, after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma.
The lectureship is organized by a committee of five members in coordination with the UF MBI and the College of Medicine’s Department of Neuroscience:
Todd Golde, MD, PhD,, Executive Director; Professor of Neuroscience, Member of Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease
David Borchelt, PhD, Professor, Department of Neuroscience; Director, SantaFe Health Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
Thomas Foster, PhD, Professor, Department of Neuroscience; Evelyn F. McKnight Chair for Research on Cognitive Aging and Memory
Sara Jo Nixon, PhD, Professor of Department of Psychiatry; Chief, Division of Addiction Research; Director, Neurocognitive Laboratory
Lucia Notterpek, PhD, Chair and Professor, Department of Neuroscience