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:


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Last week, more than 200 faculty, staff, and trainees from across the nation attended the Gill Heart & Vascular Institute's Cardiovascular Research Day to share the latest research on cardiovascular health. 

The event, in its 21st year, showcased the research of postdoctoral fellows, students, and faculty, much of it focused on the prevention or reversal of cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks and strokes. 

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Physiology Graduate Student Brooke Ahern (Jon Satin Lab) was recognized for outstanding work in two events at the 21st Cardiovascular Research Day held Friday, September 21, 2018 at the Lexington Convention Center.

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On Thursday, September 6, 2018 Isabel Diane Derera successfully defended her disseration and was awarded her doctoral degree. Congratulations Dr. Derera!

Alterations in GABAergic NTS Neuron Function in Association with TLE and SUDEP

Doctoral Committee Members
Dr. Bret Smith
Department of Physiology , Mentor

Dr. Brian P. Delisle
Department of Physiology

Dr. Steve Estus
Department of Physiology

Dr. Meriem Bensalem-Owen
Department of Neuroscience

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On Tuesday, May 29 2018 Erica Littlejohn successfully defended her dissertation and was awarded her doctoral degree. Congratulations Erica!



The University of Kentucky Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center held its eighth annual Obesity and Diabetes Research Day, highlighting the work of students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty from around the region. The program features presentations from nationally recognized physician-scientists, as well as researchers chosen from abstract submissions. 

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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been a hot topic of late as soldiers return from the battlefield and football players from the gridiron with debilitating injuries.

To date, treatment for TBI has been limited because the underlying mechanisms that cause brain damage are still poorly understood. Recently, however, science has shown increased interest in exploring ways to prompt the brain to heal itself after injury, or perhaps even protect itself as the injury occurs.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER - Registration closes May 11th


Department of Physiology Research Retreat
May 16, 2018 | University of Kentucky Student Center 

All department affiliated personnel are welcome: Trainees, Faculty, Staff, Undergraduates, Postdocs, others!

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Humans have a complex relationship with food:  it is sustenance, it is a livelihood, it is an emotional reward, and it can be medicine. As the obesity epidemic illustrates, it can be the opposite of medicine, too. Neurogastronomy encompasses a number of disciplines to address that relationship, including basic science, nutrition, psychology, agriculture, food science and health.


Click Here to be directed to the original article by Linda Blackford of the Lexington Herald-Leader

Department of Physiology faculty member Tim McClintock is President-Elect of the International Society of Neurogastronomy.

Your brain on Skittles: It may not be telling you the truth.