Alzheimer's disease wreaks emotional havoc on patients, who are robbed of their memories, their dignity, and their lives.  It’s financially devastating as well: care for Alzheimer's patients is predicted to top $1 trillion by about the time children born today are having children of their own.

To date, there have been very few successes in the pursuit of a treatment. But one drug that looks at Alzheimer's Disease (AD) from a different angle is now ready for its first round of testing in humans.

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On Friday, March 22, 2019 Lilian Custodio-Patsey, DDS successfully defended her dissertation, earning her PhD. Congratulations Dr. Custodio-Patsey!

Spinal Kappa Opioid Receptor Activity Inhibits Adenylyl Cyclase-1 Dependent Mechanisms of Chronic Postoperative Pain

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Physiology Trainee Brooke Ahern (mentor: Jon Satin) received the 2019 Student Research Achievement Award at the Biophysical Society 63rd Annual Meeting in Baltimore for her outstanding poster presentation.

Congratulations Brooke!

 This story has been reproduced by 4Chambers, the alumni magazine of the British Heart Foundation, February 2019.


By Vice President for Research Lisa Cassis 

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Through a recent five-year, $2.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), University of Kentucky faculty Don Frazier and Brett Spear will partner with faculty from qualified minority-serving institutions across the U.S. and Puerto Rico to help improve diversity in science and health care. 

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Stay up to date on this event by visiting its page here.

May 22, 2019 at the Bill Gatton Student Center 

More details to follow about:
Research Blitz
Poster Session

J Clin Invest. 2019 Feb 1;129(2):496-498. doi: 10.1172/JCI125958.
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Skinner Lecture for Distinguished Alumni, Physiology Seminar Series
"Tools Based on Neurotropic Viruses for Structural and Functional Studies"
Fuqiang Xu, PhD
Director, Center for Brain Science
Associate Director, CAS Key Lab of Bio-NMR Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Physiology Class of 1998
Mentor: Tim McClintock, PhD


The University of Kentucky Saha Cardiovascular Research Center is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the Saha Awards. The Saha Awards are given to encourage and support staff and students with an interest in and dedication to cardiovascular medicine. Each award includes an unrestricted $1000 prize, a certificate and recognition at the University of Kentucky Gill Heart Institute Cardiovascular Research Day held on September 20, 2019 at the Gatton Student Center.

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On Friday, January 11 2019, Khalid Eldahan successfully defended his dissertation, earning his doctoral degree. Congratulations Dr. Eldahan!


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The 11th Annual Hardin Award was presented to Andrew Hernandez, an administrative staff member in the Department of Physiology, on December 14, 2018 during the Physiology Holiday Party at Kroger Field's Woodford Reserve Club. The Hardin Award is dedicated to the memory of Brian Hardin, a Physiology lab technician and graduate student, who passed away in 2007. On the trophy, it is inscribed “Brian Hardin was a graduate student and technician in the Department who made good physiology fun and challenged everyone he met to only bring their best game.
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Congratulations to the recipients of the College of Health Science's Fall 2018 Undergraduate Research Enhancement Awards. These awards are designed to recognize the dedication and extra time required mentoring undergraduate students in research and are targeted at assisting doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty. This semester’s recipients are:


If staying engaged in something you love is the key to staying young, University of Kentucky emeritus faculty member Don Frazier certainly is on the right track.

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As a child, Chris Waters was always curious about how things worked. His inquiring mind led him on a path from chemical engineering to biomedical engineering to his current work on a dangerous condition called acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

The mortality rate for this acute lung injury is high — almost 40 percent of ARDS patients die. Appropriate mechanical ventilation makes a huge difference in their prognosis. 


November 28, 2018 - Friends, family, and colleagues joined together to honor three retiring, esteemed UK faculty members. A retirement celebration was held on November 28 at the Hillary J. Boone Center to honor the careers and celebrate the retirement of Drs. Marcielle De Beer, Sandy Legan, and David Randall.


November 19, 2018 - The University of Kentucky has been awarded grants totaling over $160,000 by the American Heart Association.

These pre-doctoral grants will fund research into cardiovascular disease and health. Three graduate students have been awarded $26,844 per year for the next two years.

The grants have been awarded to: