NEWS | October 21, 2020

Dean Allison Brashear elected to McKnight Brain Research Foundation board

Organization works to alleviate age-related memory loss


The McKnight Brain Research Foundation (MBRF) has announced the election of Allison Brashear, dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine, to its Board of Trustees. Brashear’s background and experience are expected to help move the foundation toward its goal of uncovering the mysteries of the aging brain.

Allison Brashear, dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine Allison Brashear, dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine

“I am honored to join the McKnight Brain Research Foundation,” said Brashear. “The foundation’s mission aligns with my lifelong commitment to improve brain health. As a neurologist and researcher, I know that understanding and alleviating age-related cognitive decline and memory loss are essential to helping our communities age successfully.”

An internationally known neuroscience researcher, Brashear is an expert in rare neurological disorders known as ATP1A3-related diseases. Since 2008, she has continuously been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She was co-principal investigator on NeuroNext and served as the principal investigator on more than 50 clinical trials, leading to three FDA-approved medications.

Brashear has a long history of leadership in the field of neurology. She serves on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee. She also served on the boards of the American Neurological Association and the American Academy of Neurology, where she was instrumental in crafting a leadership program for women.

Brashear also holds an M.B.A. focused on health-sector management and has expertise in health policy, hospital-clinical integration, academics and research. She is a career-long champion of inclusion and patient-centered care and has worked actively to help advance women in leadership across academic medicine.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Brashear as the newest member of our Board of Trustees,” said Michael L. Dockery, chair of the McKnight Brain Research Foundation. “Her research and innovation in the field of neurology, together with her passion for patient-centered care, make her a perfect addition to the MBRF Board of Trustees as we work to uncover new research to better understand how to prevent cognitive decline and memory loss associated with the aging process.”

The McKnight Brain Research Foundation is the nation’s only private foundation dedicated exclusively to solving the mysteries of the aging brain. By supporting research and investigation, the foundation works to better understand and alleviate the effects of age-related cognitive decline and memory loss. Information is at

UC Davis School of Medicine ― one of the nation’s top research, academic and medical training institutions ― is ranked No. 7 nationally by U.S. News and World Report in primary care and No. 40 in research. For details, visit