Knight Initiative for Brain Resilience

Envisioning a world in which our brains remain fit and healthy as we age. 

In 2022, Stanford launched the Phil and Penny Knight Initiative for Brain Resilience, housed at the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, to harness Stanford’s multidisciplinary scientific expertise to tackle one of the most baffling questions in brain science: Why do some people succumb to degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s while others reach their 90s with their mental acuity intact? 

By uniting the Stanford neuroscience community around this unsolved question, the Knight Initiative aims to inspire new discoveries in brain aging and resilience and usher in a new era for brain science and extend human brain health long into what we now consider "old age."