Monica Bertagnolli at a podium, addressing a University of Kentucky audience.

Much of the research conducted at the University of Kentucky focuses on addressing key health challenges facing the Commonwealth from cancer to substance use.

Bojarski headshot

Lauren Bojarski, DO, joined the UK College of Medicine as a neurology resident in 2020, just as COVID-19 began to spread across the U.S. 

“I started my very first day learning how to gown up with personal protective equipment (PPE), which I was not expecting,” said Dr. Bojarski. “But once I met my co-residents and the attendings, I felt more at ease.” 

Ebbert and his team of three researchers standing in their lab.

Researchers at the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging are working to develop a pre-symptomatic disease diagnostic tool for Alzheimer’s disease.

Yolanda Jackson (standing in the center) meets with focus group participants at First Baptist Church in Frankfort, Ky.

Yolanda Jackson worked for years as a clinical dietitian and University of Kentucky lecturer in dietetics and human nutrition before she decided to pursue a PhD in health communication —a field she describes as a “missing link” for making a positive impact in public health.

13 of the 14 students for this award, and the Cure Fellowship, Office of Undergraduate Research logo.

The University of Kentucky Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is honored to announce that 14 students have been selected for the 2024 Commonwealth Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) Fellowship program.

James Overly in lab

My name is James Overly, and I am junior biology and neuroscience student. I have been in the lab of Daniel Lee, MD, at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging for two years, where we study Alzheimer’s disease and other tauopathies. Under Dr.

(Left) Gregory Jicha, (Right) Patrick Sullivan

On Friday, the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees approved 16 University Research Professors for the 2024-25 academic year. Established by the Board of Trustees in 1976, the professorships program recognizes excellence across the full spectrum of research at UK.

Susan Kraner, PhD

Susan Kraner, PhD, a scientist in Dr. Chris Norris’ lab, joined the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging in May 2013.  She had worked with Dr.

award presentation

Elizabeth Rhodus, PhD, assistant professor in the department of behavioral science and a team member from the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, was selected to receive the 2024 Cordelia Myers AJOT Best Article Award, one of the highest honors in the nation for research articles in the field of occupational therapy.

Panel Experts

Elizabeth Rhodus, MD, and Kelly Parsons, CSW, MSW, joined Wayne Tuckson, MD, and other Kentucky experts to discuss the rewarding and challenging experience of caring for the aging. They also discussed options for providing in-home and out-of-home care, the skill levels required to render care at home, respite services and support for caregivers, and other issues.  

Dr. Lauren Whitehurst
the dean interviewing a department chair in front of a camera

Over the next few months, the UK College of Medicine will be releasing an exciting mini-documentary series called “Because We Care.” Capturing interviews and conversations with people across our community, the four-part series explores who we are as a college and why our mission matters to all of us, whether we are learners, faculty, researchers, or staff.

Maj-Linda Selenica, PhD

Maj-Linda Selenica, PhD, assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and associate director of outreach and partnerships at UK’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has been working on research surrounding misfolding of the protein TDP-43 for several years now.

American Diabetes Association 2023 Annual Report cover with University of Kentucky’s Brittany Smalls in the top left

The American Diabetes Association® (ADA) released its 2023 Research Report, highlighting investments in advancing diabetes research and clinical practice. ADA research grants focus on innovative projects with high impact and help researchers establish collaborative networks to move their innovations into the hands of people living with diabetes.

Wang-Xia Wang, PhD

Every week in March, we will offer perspectives on this national observance and their own life experiences from women at UK HealthCare. This week’s Q&A features Wang-Xia Wang, PhD, a researcher with the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and an assistant professor in the UK College of Medicine’s Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine.

Jeremy Thompson snuggling a dog.

Down syndrome remains the most common chromosomal condition diagnosed in the United States. Each year, about 6,000 babies born in the United States have Down syndrome, meaning it occurs in about one in every 700 babies.

Dr. Erin Abner in her office.

Erin Abner is a professor of epidemiology at the University of Kentucky's College of Public Health. She's also a researcher at the university's Sanders Brown Center on Aging.  Trump is 77 right now. Biden is 81. We don't know the details of their medical records or mental health status. But generally speaking, what happens to our brains as we age into our seventies eighties and beyond?

Linda Van Eldik working in the lab.
IS YOUR BRAIN ON FIRE?

“I’ve always been intrigued by inflammation,” says Linda Van Eldik, PhD, director of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. She says chronic inflammation may be one of the primary drivers of Alzheimer’s. Dr.

Model of a brain

It's Brain Awareness Week. UK researchers invite participants for studies related to brain health. Learn more and get involved here.

Sanders-Brown Center on Aging building

Kristi Shive, Warren County Cooperative Extension Agent and co-host of the Farm and Home Show, recently interviewed Sanders-Brown Social Worker, Sarah Hatch, about Sanders-Brown and the services they provide. The show was aired on WBKO.