The book is a history of the McKnight Endowment Fund for
Neuroscience and an assessment of its effectiveness in advancing
neuroscience. The book discusses the Fund's early and steady
commitment to basic science as well as it's tradition of leveraging
relatively modest dollars to make a big difference in careers and
the field overall.
The fund exists strictly to give awards and create a community of
peers through an annual conference dedicated to research. In near
unison, scientists who have received awards say they were able to
test a risky idea, get their career off the ground, or make a
significant change in their career because of McKnight's flexible
The book consists of three parts: (1) origins--including both the
funder and the scientists who shaped the program; (2) a review of
the science to show how McKnight awardees have advanced the field;
and (3) 10 keys to success. We also have an interview with Julius
Axelrod (one of the early advisors, done shortly before his death
in 2004) and stories of how awardees used their McKnight grants,
plus other information.
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