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Associate Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Neuroscience, UF College of Medicine and McKnight Brain Institute. Director of the UF Center for Spirituality and Health

Lou Ritz, Ph.D., had serves as course director for Medical Neuroscience, taken by first year medical students, and for Functional Human Neuroanatomy, taken by a diverse group of graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Ritz’s research interests centered on injury to the central nervous system, as he investigated new techniques that hold promise in alleviating the devastating consequences of injury to the spinal cord. As Director of the University of Florida Center for Spirituality and Health (, he has special interests in teaching the relationships between the brain, health, meditation, and spirituality in his Honors courses called “Spirituality and Health” and “Neurotheology.”

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