Lisa Williams, new wellness dean

To enable the University of Kentucky College of Medicine to succeed in its mission for a healthier Kentucky, leadership must prioritize the wellness and well-being of faculty, staff, and learners. Lisa Williams, MSSA, is serving in the college’s new leadership position, associate dean for wellness and well-being, to help us excel in this goal.

Donna Wilcock, PhD on Sept, 22, 2022.

The Alzheimer’s Association welcomes the University of Kentucky’s Donna M. Wilcock, PhD, as the new editor-in-chief of Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Stained aortic tissue and sections of cell walls

Embryonic Heterogeneity of Smooth Muscle Cells in the Complex Mechanisms of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms

Photo of Story Musgrave.

Retired NASA astronaut Story Musgrave and Space Tango co-creator Kris Kimel will discuss Musgrave’s career during a Kentucky Humanities event 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct 13, at the Worsham Cinema in the University of Kentucky’s Gatton Student Center.

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Shuxia Wang standing in her lab

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is one of the most common forms of liver disease across the globe. One major risk factor of NAFLD is obesity, which approximately 36% of Kentuckians face, according to America’s Health Rankings.

Dr. Messaoudi in her lab

Nearly two years ago, with funding from UK HealthCare and the vice president for research, the College of Medicine launched the Alliance Research Initiative. It has a mission, Vice Dean for Research Rebecca Dutch, PhD, explained, “to help spur on transdisciplinary research by pairing clinical and basic scientists together to answer new questions in new ways.”

Jonathan Wenk and Ken Campbell

Heart failure is prevalent across the Commonwealth and develops when a patient’s heart cannot deliver enough oxygen. The clinical teams at UK HealthCare provide world-class care to 40,000 patients with this condition each year.

Seaks graduates

On Friday, July 22, 2022 Charles Seaks successfully defended his dissertation and earned his doctoral degree. Congratulations, Dr. Seaks!

An investigation of HHV6's impact on the cognitive progression and microglial changes in an Alzheimer's disease cohort


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. 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 7, 2022) — At the University of Kentucky, we often talk about the importance of meeting the moment: rising to answer the most pressing questions and finding solutions for the most significant challenges facing Kentuckians. Our researchers, with their spirit of collaboration and endless drive for innovation, are making that bright future possible.

(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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On April 22, 2022, Zach Winder sucessfully defended his dissertation and earned his doctoral degree.  

Evaluating the Relationship Between Plasma Biomarkers and Dementia using Hierarchical Clustering Analysis and Linear Modeling

Doctoral Committee

Donna Wilcock, PhD, Mentor
Gregory Jicha, MD
Ken Campbell, PhD
Ryan Temel, PhD
Erin Abner, PhD
Brian Golden, PhD, Outside Examiner



The University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards has announced that UK sophomore Isha Chauhan, from LaGrange, Kentucky, has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

The Goldwater Scholarship is the preeminent undergraduate award of its kind in the fields of natural sciences, engineering and mathematics. Chauhan is among 417 students nationwide selected to receive the honor, from an estimated pool of over 5,000 students.


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The University of Kentucky Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has named four fellows to the Lyman T. Johnson Postdoctoral Fellowship and the University Research Postdoctoral Fellowship. 

The Lyman T. Johnson Postdoctoral Fellowship is named in honor of UK's first Black graduate student and prioritizes funding for candidates from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in the faculty ranks.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 18, 2022) — Replenishing the body’s high-density lipoprotein (HDL) could be an effective treatment for sepsis, according to a new University of Kentucky College of Medicine study published in Science Signaling.


The Gill Awards, given each year through the generous support of the Gill Foundation of Texas, honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of cardiovascular medicine, both through research and clinical care. The awards are based on nominations and assessment by a committee of prominent cardiovascular researchers from across the nation.   


EXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2022) — A small black lump, about an inch or so in width, rests­ on the bottom of a sealed plastic container. It doesn’t look like much ­­– in fact, it doesn’t look like anything. But this little black lump has untold potential, full of secrets for the researchers at Kentucky Research Alliance for Lung Disease (K-RALD) to discover about the pandemic that has ravaged the world for more than two years.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2022) — The University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has been around for nearly half a century. In that time, they have built an international reputation for best-in-class research into a disease that kills more people every year than breast and prostate cancer combined – Alzheimer’s disease. There are several components to the ongoing research at Sanders-Brown, one is exploring ways to detect Alzheimer’s earlier in a person’s life.