December 8, 2015

Dr. Brad Taylor’s lab in the Medical Sciences Building in the Department of Physiology has openings for 2 part time positions for undergraduates or temporary staff interested in research.  Both positions are 12 month commitments, including summer research.

December 7, 2015
University of Kentucky researcher Bradley Taylor recently received a five-year, $3 million research grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to better understand the physiological mechanisms of chronic pain. For many patients recovering from an injury, pain disappears after the injury heals, but for others, pain persists for months, years or even decades.
November 19, 2015
The National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke (NINDS) has awarded a five-year, $1.6 million grant to John C. Gensel, Ph.D., of the University of Kentucky Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC), to study the potential role of the immune system in repairing spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries can result in permanent paralysis. Macrophages, white blood cells involved in immune responses, migrate to wounded areas of the spinal cord following an injury, where they assume M1 (i.e. pro-inflammatory) or M2 (i.e. pro-tissue repair) functions.
November 18, 2015

The University of Kentucky recently hosted the first-ever conference of the International Society of Gastronomy.  The scientist and chefs involved in the events are working to solve issues affecting cancer patients and many others with issues affecting their sense of taste.  The Department of Physiology’s own Tim McClinto

November 11, 2015

Two women, seated at a table, told their stories in quiet tones.  A group of chefs, some standing, others seated, leaned forward eagerly, clearly interested in what these two women had to say. They peppered the women with questions: did food taste better cold or hot?  Was texture an issue? Did a glass of wine before dinner help or hurt the flavor experience?

October 27, 2015
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) has awarded Joe Abisambra, Ph.D., of the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging a five-year, $1.6 million grant to study a group of diseases called tauopathies. Tauopathies are a group of more than 20 neurodegenerative disorders that affect nearly eight million Americans. These disorders all share one common characteristic: deposition of a protein called "tau" into sticky bundles inside brain cells.
October 23, 2015

Flanked by Gov. Steve Beshear and legislative leaders, University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto Friday announced the beginning of work on a research facility unique in the country — a building dedicated to addressing health challenges and disparities in Kentucky.

September 10, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. (September 8, 2015) – The University of Kentucky has been awarded research grants totaling over $400,000 by the American Heart Association.

These grants will fund research within the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Saha Cardiovascular Research Center .

The grants are:

September 8, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2015) -- Inflammation is on the research community's "Most Wanted" list as the possible culprit in many diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.

August 26, 2015

A Postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Nikolova-Karakashian in the Department of Physiology at the UK College of Medicine.  The person fulfilling this position will be involved in mentored research on the role of sphingolipids in hepatic inflammation, as it relates to aging and liver disease. 

 A recent Ph.D in any ares of cellular/molecular biology and 0 to 1 years of experience is required. 

August 26, 2015

Chellgren Center Names 36 New Fellows, Five Endowed Professorships

August 19, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jun. 12, 2015) — A researcher from UK's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has received four different grants in six months to explore both disease processes and potential treatments for Alzheimer's and related diseases.


June 17, 2015

The University of Kentucky’s fifth annual Barnstable Brown Obesity and Diabetes Research Day was held on May 20 at the Albert B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion A.

Since 2011, the event has focused on current findings in obesity and diabetes research and features presentations by nationally prominent physician-scientists as well as the work of regional researchers and UK students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty chosen from abstract submissions.

June 1, 2015

The 18th Annual Gill Heart Institute Cardiovascular Research Day is scheduled for October 2, 2015.  The event will take place at the Lexington Convention Center.  This year, the event is thrilled to host Gary Gibbons, MD as Keynote Speaker.  Dr. Gibbons is Director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institute of Health.  Our Featured Speakers will include Peter Tontonoz, MD, PhD from UCLA and Mike Synder, PhD from Stanford University. 

April 2, 2015
What if a failed leukemia drug could reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease? A team at the University of Kentucky recently led an effort to investigate this hypothesis. Their results were published today in the journal, Human Molecular Genetics. The UK researchers, led by Steve Estus at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, study a genetic variant in a gene called CD33 that reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The Estus group recently published findings suggesting that this variant promotes production of a truncated form of the CD33 protein that lacks a putative functional domain.
November 26, 2014
A group of physiologists led by University of Kentucky’s Tim McClintock have identified the receptors activated by two odors using a new method that tracks responses to smells in live mice.
November 21, 2014
Four students seeking their master's degrees and five students doctoral programs competed last week in an event designed to prepare them for presenting research. The "Three Minute Thesis" event, hosted by the UK Graduate School and the Graduate Student Congress, is a research communication initiative requiring graduate students to speak succinctly and engagingly about their current research to a nonspecialist audience. It provides students with the opportunity to practice presenting their work, and to receive feedback from a panel of judges.
October 31, 2014
On Oct. 17, the Lexington Convention Center teemed with more than 200 students and scientists sharing their latest research on cardiovascular health for the 17th annual Gill Heart Institute Cardiovascular Research Day. Nigel Mackman, Ph.D., director of the McAllister Heart Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, presented "Hematosis, Thrombosis and Immunity," demonstrating the diverse roles of hemostasis and thrombosis in cardiovascular diseases, cancers and infections. Kathryn J.
April 3, 2014

NIH recently featured translational research performed by Premi Haynes as part of her PhD project. Premi discovered a new pattern of contraction in human hearts and you can read about her findings in a press release issued by UK Now.

March 19, 2014
When Premi Haynes was growing up in Pune, India, she attended Stella Maris High School, an English language convent school founded by Swiss nuns. Her second grade singing class used a book of English songs. One of the songs was "My Old Kentucky Home." At that time, Haynes had never heard of Kentucky, had no idea where it was, and had no particular ambition to go there. Some 20 years and a twist of fate later, today Haynes is defending her Ph.D.