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September 6, 2018

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

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August 7, 2018

Thursday Aug 9 1-4:30 pm, UK Student Center Ballroom C

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May 30, 2018

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


May 29, 2018

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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April 18, 2018

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.

April 9, 2018

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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March 22, 2018

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.

March 6, 2018

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.
February 26, 2018
Historically speaking, smell is the Rodney Dangerfield of the human senses.
February 13, 2018
Non-estrogenic Xanthohumol Derivatives Mitigate Insulin Resistance and Cognitive Impairment in High-Fat Diet-induced Obese Mice.
Miranda CL1,2Johnson LA3
February 2, 2018
J Appl Physiol (1985). 2018 Jan 1;124(1):40-51. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00762.2017.
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January 26, 2018

The American Heart Association has awarded a University of Kentucky and Baylor University research partnership $3.7 million to study aortic disease.

UK and Baylor were one of four teams nationwide to receive the honor, which coincides with the establishment of the American Heart Association's Vascular Research Disease Network.

January 18, 2018

More than 7,000 University of Kentucky employees, retirees and spouses have purchased a Fitbit through UK's recent promotion. It is just one way the university is helping the community improve their well-being. The promotion continues through Jan. 31.

"Walking more is an attainable goal," said Allison Walters, a UK employee for almost 20 years. "The Fitbit is a true benefit to my health because it keeps me in tune with how I'm doing."

January 17, 2018


That's the question John Charles constantly asked his parents as a boy. His father was a trained geologist, but he struggled to answer his son's barrage of questions about nature. So he made sure young John had plenty of books about science and space and encouraged him to find the answers.

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January 16, 2018

Registration is now open for the third annual International Society of Neurogastronomy symposium, which will be held at the University of Kentucky on March 2-3, 2018.

 Both day's events offer continuing education credit.

This year's symposium will explore the connection between brain and behavior in the context of food.

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December 18, 2017
The 10th Annual Hardin Award was presented to Shelby Meier, a trainee in Dr. Joe Abisambra's lab, on December 15, 2017 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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December 18, 2017

FASEB Announces Sixth Annual BioArt Competition Winners
December 12, 2017