About Us


The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute was founded on the vision of former Florida Speaker of the House, Johnnie Byrd, Jr. whose father suffered from the disease. The Institute is a multi-disciplinary Center of Excellence at the University of South Florida that provides compassionate family-centered patient care, performs cutting edge research and delivers quality public and professional education.

Mission Statement

The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute is dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.

With a state-of-the-art building and a highly qualified team of researchers, doctors, clinicians and educators, we are in the forefront of Alzheimer's research and care.

The core missions of the Institute include:

  • To conduct laboratory research to understand the changes in the brain that cause dementia and to develop approaches for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
  • To conduct clinical trials to test treatments for individuals with all stages of memory loss.
  • Provide state-of-the-art diagnostic evaluations and the highest level of patient care to individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other memory problems.
  • Support family caregivers by providing educational programs, support groups, counseling and information.
  • Provide education and training for healthcare professionals, service providers and students.


USF Health is dedicated to creating a model of health care based on understanding the full spectrum of health. It includes the University of South Florida's colleges of medicine, nursing, and public health; the schools of biomedical sciences as well as physical therapy & rehabilitation sciences; and the USF Physicians Group. With $310 million in research funding last year, USF is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of Florida's top three research universities.