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Mission & Vision

The mission of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) is to improve the health of the older adults in Kentucky and beyond through research dedicated to understanding the aging process and age-related brain diseases, and education, outreach, and clinical programs that promote
healthy brain aging.
The vision of SBCoA is to be be recognized locally and nationally as a premier, vitally productive and innovative aging center that effectively translates research findings into interventions and information that will benefit older adults.

REGISTER NOW for the 16th Annual Mind Matters Health Fair

The Sanders-Brown Center on Aging will host the 16th annual Mind Matters Health Fair on Monday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
at Marriott Griffin Gate. Explore interactive booths, free health and memory screenings, and presentations on HEALTHY AGING! For Adults 55+
This is a FREE event, but registration is highly encouraged. For more information, please call 859-323-5550.

For more details, visit

Register here.

Applications Now Being Accepted

The Sanders-Brown NIH T32 grant (T32 AG078110) entitled Translational Research iAlzheimer’s and Related Dementias (TRIAD)” will have 2 predoc and 2 postdoc slots open for appointment on August 1, 2024 or later. Applications for support are due on June 15, 2024 


The emphasis of the grant is on providing cross-disciplinary training from bench to bedside, ie., spanning the discovery continuum from molecular/biochemical approaches, preclinical translational approaches, and clinical research. The thematic focus is on risk factors for dementia, including cerebrovascular disease, neuroinflammation, acute brain injury, and lifestyle/genetic risk factors. Trainees with diverse research backgrounds beyond standard wet-lab neuroscience, such as bioinformatics, biostatistics, engineering, epidemiology, social sciences, engineering, and community based and human research studies, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Download the RFA with application instructions here.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the T32 in more detail, please contact Linda Van Eldik at 257-5566, or Paul Murphy at 218-3811,

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Drug studied at UK is first disease-modifying therapy in U.S. approved to treat Alzheimer’s

On July 6, 2023, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval to lecanemab, marketed as Leqembi, for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has been working with this drug and others like it for more than a decade.

Thirteenth Annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging & Dementia

The Thirteenth Annual Markesbery Symposium A Great Success

The thirteenth annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia was held November 17 and 18th, 2023. The symposium, named in honor and memory of the late William R. Markesbery, MD, founding director of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, highlights the research being done at the Center as well as current research around the globe.  

This year Dr. Malu Tansey of the University of Florida and Dr. David Morgan of Michigan State University were the the keynote speakers at both Friday's Scientific Session and Saturday's Community Session.  They were joined by our very own Sanders-Brown Center on Aging experts.  To view their community presentations, click on the links below.

Why Gut Health Matters for Brain Health

Dr. Malu Tansey shares about gut health and its impact on the brain.

Immunotherapy for Alzheimer's Disease

Dr. David Morgan shares how immunotherapy is affecting Alzheimer's disease.

Increase in Funding
NIH funding to the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging increased from $13.3 million to $23.4 million in one year, a remarkable 75% increase in funding.
Beginning with only three faculty members, the Center has grown to more than 125 employees and to be one of the nation's leading centers on aging.

Learn More

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Mind Matters Magazine

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