Education Programs
Pharmacology: PhD and undergrad minor tracks; Nutritional Sciences: master's and PhD tracks
Faculty Members
Across our multidisciplinary and collaborative department
Affiliated research centers and alliances
Top research areas include aging, cancer, cardiovascular issues, and diabetes

Welcome to the UK College of Medicine Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences!

We are a unique unit, the only one of its kind in US academic institutions, with research and graduate training programs in pharmacology and nutritional sciences all within one basic science department. 

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Research Spotlight

UK study: Babies exposed to opioids in womb may face greater risk of heart disease

Researchers at the University of Kentucky are shedding light on an understudied aspect of today’s opioid crisis: What happens to the cardiovascular health of babies exposed to opioids in the womb?

Congratulations to Dr. Ren Xu for his recent PNAS article on a new treatment target for metastatic cancer

The research, published in PNAS May 8, shows a metabolite called succinate plays a role in enhancing cancer cell plasticity and identifies an enzyme called PLOD2 as a regulator of succinate during breast cancer progression.