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Byrd Alzheimer’s Center and Research Institute

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

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

The Byrd Institute is pleased to welcome Dr. Lianchun Wang, who has recently joined the Byrd Institute as a Professor of Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology.

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Dr. Krishna Bhat

Dr. Krishna Bhat Launches New NIH-funded Research Program

We are excited to announce the awarding of a $1.5 million Research Grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to Krishna Bhat, MD, PhD, Professor of Molecular Medicine and Byrd Institute Investigator. This NIH R01 grant will allow him to conduct research over the next five years on genes and proteins that regulate the division of neuronal stem cells. “The idea is, how is a large complex brain formed from rudimentary cells?” explained Bhat. “We want to understand how a cell can accomplish these divisions to generate a large number of different types of brain cells from a few stem cells.” Professor Bhat’s research has broad implications for the healthcare field. His findings could reveal how the brain is formed during development as well as provide key insights to new therapies that induce the generation of new neurons in the adult brain. The latter strategy could help treat many degenerative conditions of the brain, including Alzheimer’s .

Dr. Amanda Smith

Byrd Institute's medical experts and resources help couple navigate Alzheimer's Journey

In a recent news interview, Dr. Amanda Smith, Director of Clinical Research at the Byrd Institute, discussed some of the difficulties researchers face when trying to enroll subjects into clinical studies. Issues such as exclusionary medical problems, transportation concerns, and fear of the unknown sometimes keep people away. These obstacles are highly problematic because the need for clinical trial participants has never been greater. See our article on TampaBay.com to learn more about the importance of our efforts at the Byrd and how you can help.

Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute


On behalf of the University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine and the USF Health Neuroscience Institute, welcome to the Byrd Alzheimer’s Center and Research Institute website. Throughout these pages, we hope that you will find inspiration, direction and hope from the work that our team is doing in our laboratories, through our clinical trials programs and with our community educational services.


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