Mark Ebbert and his research assistants on Aug. 5, 2021.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 29, 2022) — A recent publication from researchers at the University of Kentucky explains the importance of identifying and understanding how differences between tissues and cells alter gene expression without changing the underlying genetic code.

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Hazard, Ky. (June 24, 2022) — The Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH) is accepting applications for its Elder Wellness Enrichment Initiative Grant, which will provide funding of up to $5,000 to nonprofit rural health care organizations and community-based organizations to create or enhance services for older adults — to help them age in place in rural Kentucky.

Nancy Schoenberg has been a leader in medical anthropology for the past 25 years at the University of Kentucky. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

UKNow is highlighting the University of Kentucky’s 2022-23 University Research Professors. Established by the Board of Trustees in 1976, the professorship program recognizes excellence across the full spectrum of research, scholarship and creative endeavors at UK.

16 undergraduates have been selected for the 2022 Commonwealth Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) Fellowship program.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 23, 2022) — The Office of Undergraduate Research is honored to announce that 16 undergraduates have been selected for the 2022 Commonwealth Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) Fellowship program.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 23, 2022) — A researcher at the University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging is one of several experts in the field who recently discussed the use of two popular screening tests for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Frederick A. Schmitt, PhD.

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By the time COVID-19 first reached the Commonwealth, UK HealthCare had already established a system for efficiently collecting lung samples to propel important research forward. That’s thanks to Jamie Sturgill, PhD.

UK researchers Erhard Bieberich and Simone Crivelli have identified new therapeutic targets for Alzheimer’s disease.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 15, 2022) — A new University of Kentucky College of Medicine study has identified potential targets to develop a therapy that could prevent Alzheimer’s disease. 

UK researchers Christal Badour and Mairead Moloney are leading a study to understand why residents in Appalachian Kentucky are some of the nation’s most sleep-deprived.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 9, 2022) — Poor sleep is linked to a wide range of medical issues, including hypertension, diabetes, depression, obesity and cancer. With more than a third of U.S. adults reporting insufficient sleep, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes sleep deprivation as a public health epidemic.

The 2022 Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentor Award winner Michael Wesley with student Caroline Sumner.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 8, 2022) — Four University of Kentucky faculty members received the 2022 Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentor Award for their exceptional leadership and support of student researchers.

Swimming is Alayna Benningfield's passion, but heart failure kept her out of the pool. After recovering her heart function with an LVAD, she is back in action.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 8, 2022) — In 2019, Alayna Benningfield was living her dream.

(From left): Mary Sheppard, MD; Sibu Saha, MD; David Minion, MD; and Alan Daugherty, PhD Sheppard and Minion will server as co-directors of the new research center.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 2, 2022) — On Monday, May 25, the faculty and administration of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine announced the creation of the Saha Aortic Center, a new research center focused on aortic disease.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 1, 2022) — Monkeypox has exploded into the news recently, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) closely tracking cases that have been recently reported in several countries that don’t normally have monkeypox activity, including the U.S.

Research from the lab of Ilhem Messaoudi (right) suggests asymptomatic COVID-19 could still cause adverse pregnancy outcomes.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 31, 2022) — According to a new University of Kentucky College of Medicine study, asymptomatic COVID-19 infection during pregnancy could still have potential long-term consequences for a developing baby.

START Apprentices Lordina Mensah, Aliya Perrin and Jeanne Alexandre graduate from Lexington's STEAM Academy this weekend, and all plan to attend UK in the fall to study STEM-related fields.

The STEM Through Authentic Research and Training (START) program at the University of Kentucky is creating a unique pipeline to increase science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) literacy and promote STEM careers for traditionally underrepresented populations — people of color, individuals with disabilities, students from free or reduced lunch schools

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Darwin Conwell, MD, MSc, FACG, (pictured left) recently joined the University of Kentucky College of Medicine as a professor and the Jack M. Gill Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine.

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HAZARD, Ky. (May 20, 2022) —The University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (UK CERH) will host the 2022 Kentucky Rural Telehealth Summit on Thursday, June 9 at the Embassy Suites on Newtown Pike in Lexington.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 18, 2022) — The COVID-19 pandemic put a spotlight on the immune system, revealing there is still much about how it functions that is not well understood: Why do some people get severe disease and others don’t? And why can certain factors like age, or comorbidities like obesity, cause the immune system to go haywire?

University of Kentucky College of Medicine researcher Ilhem Messaoudi, Ph.D., has dedicated her career to answering these questions.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 13, 2022) — Nearly three decades after first discovering the tumor-suppressing Par-4 “super gene” that has been shown to kill cancer cells, a team of researchers at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center is now learning about its role in preventing obesity – a disease that affects more than 1.9 billion people worldwide. 

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 13, 2022) — While completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Kentucky, Jonathan Davies found himself at a crossroads. He had stretched himself too thin with involvement in organizations and programs, and he started suffering burnout. He then missed the window to take his medical school entrance exam junior year.

At first, he felt lost and far behind his peers. But he learned later that this wasn’t a misstep. It was a redirection.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 12, 2022) — In August of 2018, the inaugural class of medical students with the University of Kentucky College of Medicine-Bowling Green Campus arrived at Van Meter Hall at Western Kentucky University to receive their white coats – the first step of their journey toward a career in medicine.