LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2022) — Three Sanders-Brown Center on Aging researchers are the first at the University of Kentucky to receive backing from the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. CureAlz is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research with the highest probability of preventing, slowing, or reversing Alzheimer’s disease. The organization puts 100% of donations into research, with around 600 grants given out to date.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2022) – Linda J. Van Eldik, Ph.D., director of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky and the Dr. E. Vernon Smith and Eloise C. Smith Alzheimer's Research Endowed Chair, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council on Aging (NACA) among many notable leaders in aging from across the country.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2022) – A team of researchers from the University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) is working to identify new proteins that are destructive to the brain. They know that about 25% of individuals, and 50% of individuals with Alzheimer disease, have the genetic mutation APOE ε4 allele — a known risk factor for the disease.


LEXINGTON, KY. (Jan. 11, 2022) — The world looks to The University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging for answers to the mysteries of dementia, and the elderly rely on them for help in charting their path to a healthy and vigorous senior lifestyle.


Anika Hartz never planned on becoming a scientist.

She’s a pharmacist by trade, who moved to the United States from her home of Germany in 2002 to begin her doctorate at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). At the time, she had no intention of going into science.

“Coming to the U.S. in 2002 changed my mind,” said Hartz.

Her time at the NIH was unique and it marked a turning point for her future.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 1, 2021) — Work by a group of researchers at the University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging was recently published in Genes. The article looks at the use of data mining and machine learning in research.


By the time she became a faculty member at the UK College of Medicine, Susanne Arnold, MD, was arguably more prepared than anyone to treat Kentuckians and educate future physicians.

She was introduced to the medical field early and was surrounded by it. She recalls taking a preserved human brain to show and tell when she was in grade school (which she jokes wouldn’t happen now, though her classmates thought it was pretty cool). In high school, she shadowed physicians in a clinic, and she gained clinical experience observing autopsies before she even started medical school.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2021) — Researchers at the University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging recently received a five-year grant renewal of their MarkVCID program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The award total is more than $6 million. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 8, 2021) — The University of Kentucky is proud to be the home of global leaders in aging and brain research, all striving toward the same goal: finding a stop to the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.: Alzheimer’s disease.

UK’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has been around for nearly half a century, helping lead the way in Alzheimer’s and dementia research. Sanders-Brown Center Director Linda Van Eldik, Ph.D., firmly believes they will find a cure through the work going on right here on the UK campus.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 8. 2021) — For this "UK at the Half," University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Director Linda Van Eldik talks about the life-changing — and lifesaving —work that the center does.

During the UK football game on Saturday, the Sanders-Brown team was recognized for their work to make UK a global leader in aging disease research — and providing hope to patients in the Bluegrass — and beyond.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2021) — The program is set and registration is open for the 11th annual Sanders-Brown Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia. The event is named in honor and memory of the late William R. Markesbery, M.D., founding director of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 26, 2021) — Imagine being at a restaurant with your family to celebrate a birthday when your loved one orders something obscure with total confidence. It is a situation that, based on how others respond, can quickly escalate into an unpleasant experience for everyone around. It is scenarios like this one that Dementia Friendly Lexington is working to equip local businesses to handle.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2021) — Caring for an older loved one can be a daunting task. Many caregivers struggle with balancing their own professional and personal responsibilities with caring for an older loved one. By offering elder care services, University of Kentucky Human Resources supports employees in the workplace and at home.

UK HR Elder Care is here to offer help and guidance during the caregiving process. On Friday, Nov. 5, UK HR will host its sixth annual Senior Caregiving Conference. 

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 Lexington— October 1, 2021 Dementia Friendly Lexington Advisory Board announced the launch, for local business to go through a training to become dementia friendly. On Oct 26th starting at 4:30pm, Lexington will host it's first Dementia Friendly Restaurant Night. In addition to this event, Lexington businesses can now get their Dementia Friendly Lexington Designation. 


Courtney Kloske, a fifth-year doctoral candidate, became involved in Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) thanks to Monica Chau, PhD, research assistant professor in the department of neurosurgery and then-chair of the WIMS student and trainee subcommittee. 

"She was so welcoming and asked if anyone wanted to become involved with the subcommittee, so I went up to her and talked about joining," Kloske said. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 8, 2021) — A recently released paper from the Department of Physiology and Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine suggests that your genetics can influence your response to Alzheimer’s disease pathology.


Congratulations to our Center Director, Dr. Linda Van Eldik, for being named a 2020-2021 University Research Professor. Dr. Van Eldik is pictured with UK President Eli Capilouto. 


The Walk to End Alzheimer's Lexington is on Saturday, September 25th, 2021 at the Whitaker Bank Ballpark (207 Legends Lane).
Registration begins at 8:30 am and the opening ceremony starts at 9:45 am.

Thank you to everyone who has registered and donated up to this point.

If you are not already registered, please sign up using the link below- even if you cannot attend, you can still support us and be a member of the Sanders-Brown Team!


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 18, 2021) — Watch live at 10:30 a.m. as the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) announces $14.5 million in renewed funding for its Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) program from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


You are invited to join us on Sunday, August 1st at 4:00 pm EDT, for this virtual community showing of the play, "Forget Me Not", with a panel discussion to follow. Register today at https://bit.ly/SandersBrownForgetMeNot or call 859-323-0142 with any questions regarding this event.