The 13th Annual Hardin Award was presented to Taylor Valentino, a graduate student in John McCarthy's lab, on March 11, 2021.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 25, 2021) — Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are not only life-threatening at the time of the event, but they can also lead to secondary complications and loss of function in sensory and motor systems. Researchers at the University of Kentucky recently published a unique study focusing on SCIs in eNeuro.

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Peter Morris, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and a pulmonary/critical care faculty member at UK HealthCare, pulls up a map showing the U.S. prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a severe inflammatory lung disease that leads to obstructed airflow and difficulty breathing.

“This is who we serve right here,” he says, pointing to Kentucky on the map. The state’s southeastern region is bright red to signify its high incidence of people with COPD.


The Department of Physiology would like to congratulate alumni Dr. Cheavar Blair (class of 2017) and his mentor Dr. Ken Campbell. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 20, 2021) — More than 5.7 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease and that number is projected to triple by 2050. Despite that growing number, there is not yet a cure.

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Researchers at the University of Kentucky have received a $100,000 grant from The Marfan Foundation to assess how patients with Marfan syndrome develop hip pain. The study will be conducted by Mary Sheppard, an assistant professor of family medicine and surgery in the UK College of Medicine, and Michael Samaan, an assistant professor of biomechanics in the UK College of Education Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion. Marfan syndrome is a genetic condition that impacts the body’s connective tissue. It most frequently affects the heart, blood vessels, eyes and bones.
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On Wednesday, November 11, 2020 Ahmed Elsherbini successfully defended his dissertation and earned his doctoral degree. Congratulations Dr. Elsherbini!

"Ceramide-enriched extracellular vesicles: A role in enhancing Amyloid-beta neurotoxicity and mitochondrial damage in Alzheimer’s disease"


A new University of Kentucky College of Medicine study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology finds that tattooed skin does not sweat as much as non-inked areas of the body, which may have implications for the body’s ability to cool in people with extensive tattooing.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30 2020) — A recent publication in the Journal of Neuroscience by a group of researchers at the University of Kentucky looks at Encoding the Odor of Cigarette Smoke. Tim McClintock, a physiology professor in the UK College of Medicine, says their work lays a foundation for two things.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 1, 2020) — Alan Daugherty, senior associate dean for research at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been selected to serve as chair of Scientific Committee of the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation, an organization that trains medical students to be leaders in cardiovascular science and medicine.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2020) — A new University of Kentucky College of Medicine study provides insight into how a protein called angiotensinogen (AGT) contributes to blood pressure regulation and atherosclerosis.

AGT is a member of the renin-angiotensin system, a hormone system in the human body that regulates blood pressure and fluid balance. AGT produces angiotensin II, which regulates blood pressure and contributes to atherosclerosis, or the buildup of plaque in the arteries.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an ever-changing environment requiring quick adjustment, especially in the field of research. In response to the pandemic, scientists at UK ceased non-essential research activity in the spring, and education was moved to online platforms. While these measures were necessary to ensure safety for faculty and learners, graduate students in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Integrated Biomedical Sciences (IBS) PhD program saw their progress interrupted.

Throughout the summer the University of Kentucky College of Medicine has been part of a University-wide pilot program aiming to help boost resumes and build important skills for both UK and non-UK students.

The Summer Badge Program is not your average summer school. The program provides an opportunity for learners to complete courses and earn digital badges, regardless of their current major, with the badges certifying competency in a specific skill.

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On Wednesday, July 8 2020 Jonathan 'Mike' Grossheim successfully defended his dissertation and earned his PhD. Congratulations, Dr. Grossheim!


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Timothy S McClintock, Qiang Wang, Tomoko Sengoku, William B Titlow, Patrick Breheny, Mixture and Concentration Effects on Odorant Receptor Response Patterns In Vivo, Chemical Senses, , bjaa032,

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On Monday, June 15, 2020 Jeff Chen successfully defended his dissertation and earned his PhD.

"Involvement of the Renin Angiotensin System in Marfan Syndrome Associated Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms"

Doctoral Committee

Dr. Alan Daughety
Department of Physiology, Mentor

Dr. Ken Campbell
Department of Physiology

Dr. Ming Gong
Department of Physiology

Dr. Nancy Webb
Department of Pharmacology & Nutritional Sciences

Outside Examiner, Dr. Vincent Venditto
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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On Tuesday, June 2, 2020 Laura Peterson Brown (John McCarthy Lab) successfully defended her dissertation and earned her PhD. Congratulations Dr. Laura Peterson Brown!

Doctoral Committee

Dr. John McCarthy
Department of Physiology, Mentor

Dr. Brian Delisle
Department of Physiology

Dr. Steve Estus
Department of Physiology

Dr. Tim Butterfield
Department of Athletic Training and Clinical Nutrition

Dr. Charlotte Peterson
Department of Physical Therapy

Dr. Doug Harrison (Outside Examiner)
Departmentof Biology

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Mere days after the COVID-19 pandemic forced limitations on research in laboratories, a team of neuroscience-related researchers from the UK College of Medicine figured out a way to keep the important discussions going, virtually.

The team’s solution: developing an online seminar series discussing a wide variety of topics in neuroscience, which is one of the six research priority areas in the UK Vice President for Research’s Research Priorities Initiative.

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On Friday, May 15, 2020 Brandon Farmer successfully defended his dissertation and earned his PhD! Brandon is part of the MD/PhD Program and earned his PhD in Lance Johnson's Lab. He will now return to the MD portion of the program and continue his studies to become the next generation of physician-scientists. Congratulations Dr. Farmer!

Doctoral Committee Members

Dr. Lance Johnson
Department of Physiology, Mentor

Dr. Steven Estus
Department of Physiology

Dr. Donna Wilcock
Department of Physiology