Woman drinking a green smoothie

Healthy brain aging is a concern for all of us. June is recognized as Brain and Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. It’s normal to struggle with small things such as recalling names — and we all experience some slowing of the thought processes with advanced age — but everyone hopes to avoid serious cognitive impairment.

David Fardo, PhD

“A lot of people who have dementia do not have Alzheimer’s disease.” That is a statement that guides researchers at the University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging as they aim to better define other causes of dementia.

Older man with a headache talking to a young man

Multi-college, collaborative effort explores the underpinnings of cognitive decline

WKYT: Off the Beaten Path

WKYT interviewed a participant in a clinical trial at UK’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. For two years, Carol Borkowski took an experimental drug called Lecanemab, a drug for patients with mild symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease. Her husband, Ron, says during that time Carol stabilized and her symptoms did not get worse.

Dr. Na'Tasha Evans

Following an extensive national search and interviews with highly qualified individuals, the College of Medicine is excited to welcome Na’Tasha Evans, PhD, MEd, as the new vice dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and associate professor in the department of behavioral science.

Samantha Ford

Samantha Ford had always wanted to go to medical school, but after training in a clinical laboratory setting at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, she gained a new perspective on how research can play a role in her future career as a physician.

Sanders-Brown conference

On Monday, May 8, The 15th Annual Mind Matters Health Fair: Stronger Together drew over 350 attendees. Focusing on brain health, speakers included T. Shawn Caudill, MD, MSPH; Gregory Jicha, MD, PhD;  Sheliza Ali, PhD; Karen Bryla McNees, EdD, RD; and Elizabeth Rhodus, PhD, OTR/L.  

Chris Norris, PhD

Chris Norris, PhD, professor of pharmacology and nutritional sciences in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, is one of 16 University Research Professors for 2023-24. The University Research Professorships honor faculty members who have demonstrated excellence that addresses scientific, social, cultural and economic challenges in our region and around the world. 

Savannah Thurton and Sam Padgett in the lab

My name is Savannah (Sav) Turton, and I am a member of Dr. Paul Murphy’s lab. When I first joined Dr. Murphy’s lab about a year and a half ago, I was an undergraduate student studying biology with a focus in genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics, but I have since graduated with my degree.

A picture of all but two faculty being rewarded as University Research Professor. (Full list in News Caption)

On Friday, the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees approved 16 University Research Professors for the 2023-24 academic year. Established by the Board of Trustees in 1976, the professorships program recognizes excellence across the full spectrum of research at UK.

Diana Zajac, PhD in front of her presentation.

Since April 4, 2023 I can now say my name is Dr. Diana Zajac; I’m still getting used to saying it. I joined Dr. Steve Estus’ lab in March of 2019 and have focused my research on Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) genetics and the gut microbiome. Alzheimer’s Disease is an aging-related disease that has greatly increased in prevalence correlating with increased lifespans.

Just for Him: A Sensory Experience with Free Healthy Aging Resources

Sanders-Brown Center on Aging will host a "Just for Him" event, a spa day for African American men. The men in attendance can expect facials, grooming, and manicures. There will be swag bags and a $50 gift card upon completion of a research survey.

UK Student Center at dusk

Meet the nominees for the 16th annual Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. Each of this year's 37 nominees were nominated by one or more of their undergraduate research students.

Close up of SBCoA materials: "Understanding Memory Loss" on a spotlight video by WKYT: "Lack of Diversity in Alzheimer's Research Trials at UK

Keisha Jones is the head of recruitment of clinical trials for Sanders-Brown, and she’s trying reach more people of color.

Sanders-Brown researchers

The first published work coming from a multi-million-dollar grant received last year by a team from the University of Kentucky recently made the cover of the Journal of Neuroscience.  

15th Annual Mind Matters Health Fair: Monday, May 8, 2023 from 10am – 2pm at Kroger Field. Explore interactive booths, free health and memory screenings, and presentations on healthy aging! Lunch will be provided. Free reserved parking in the Blue Lot located off Alumni Drive. Enter through the Commonwealth Tower Lobby (between gates 10 and 11). This is a FREE event and registration is not required. If you have any questions, please call (859) 323-5550.

Monday, May 8th, 2023
10:00 am – 2:00 pm | Kroger Field

Explore interactive booths, free health and memory screenings, and presentations on healthy aging!

Lunch will be provided.
Free reserved parking in the Blue Lot located off Alumni Drive. Enter through the Commonwealth Tower Lobby (between gates 10 and 11).

Kelsey Campbell in front of her computer in the lab.

My name is Kelsey Campbell, I’m a second-year graduate student in the department of neuroscience, and I’m working in Dr. Daniel Lee’s lab studying the effects of impacted nutrient signaling in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). I grew up in south-eastern Kentucky, and there I witnessed how a dementia diagnosis was capable of altering the dynamics of my family.

Left to right: Paul Murphy, Melissa Nickell, Brett Spear.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH)awarded the University of Kentucky a prestigious center grant to share its expertise and lead national efforts to build diverse academic research environments.

Alliance research initiative - researchers collaborating

Nearly three years ago, the University of Kentucky College of Medicine launched the Alliance Research Initiative to promote collaboration and mentorship through interdisciplinary research teams. With members spanning across UK departments and colleges, these teams were established to address Kentucky’s most urgent health needs.

ASN: American Society for Neurochemistry. Lexington, Kentucky. March 18 – 22, 2023.

The 2023 American Society for Neurochemistry (ASN) annual meeting is set to take place March 18 to March 22 in downtown Lexington.