FLORIAN ENGERT RECEIVES A 2006 MCKNIGHT SCHOLAR AWARD
May 31st, 2006
A part of the McKnight Foundation, the McKnight Endowment Fund was established according to the wishes of 3M Corporation founder, William L. McKnight, who, according to the Foundation website, "had a personal interest in memory and its diseases. He chose to set aside part of his legacy to bring hope to those suffering from brain injury or disease and cognitive impairment."
Nonetheless, the Scholar Award endows basic science, not direct medical research. Engert is excited by the perspectives opened by the Award: a "big advantage is that the funds are pretty much unrestricted, which considerably increases your flexibility in where you want to take the project." As Engert’s research has focused on synaptic plasticity, especially in its relevance to learning and memory, the latitude afforded by the McKnight Endowment Fund’s award should offer Engert a great opportunity to enjoy the very facility he will be studying.