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  • Mar 23 2023

UK Chemistry to host 48th Naff Symposium April 21; abstracts due April 4

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky will host its 48th annual Naff Symposium 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, April 21, in the AA Auditorium at William T. Young Library. The symposium is centered on the topic "Oxidative Stress in Neurodegeneration: Focus on Alzheimer Disease."

The symposium will feature renowned experts from around the world, including Nobel prize-winning scientists, and will be attended by faculty and students from colleges and universities in Kentucky and the region.

Speakers will include:

  • Barry Halliwell, from the National University of Singapore, "Is Ergothioneine a Factor Against Neurodegeneration and a Promoter of Healthy Ageing?"
  • Marzia Perluigi, from Sapienza University of Rome, "Redox Imbalance and Metabolic Defects in the Brain of Down Syndrome Individuals: a Synergistic Path to Alzheimer's Neurodegeneration"
  • Mark Mattson, from Johns Hopkins University, "Sculptor and Destroyer"

In addition to the three speakers, the Naff Symposium will also host a poster competition where undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral researchers can showcase their work. There is a limit of 30 presenters, so students should submit their abstracts early. Registration and abstract submission for the poster competition can be found at https://chem.as.uky.edu/naff-poster-abstract-submission. Deadline for abstract submission is April 4. Any questions regarding the poster session can be addressed to Marcelo Guzman at marcelo.guzman@uky.edu.

Any questions regarding the 2023 Naff Symposium can be directed to the Department of Chemistry at chemistry@uky.edu or Professor Allan Butterfield at dabcns@uky.edu.

For more information about the Naff Symposium, including a schedule, visit https://chem.as.uky.edu/48th-annual-naff-symposium.

The Naff Symposium was established in honor of Anna S. Naff, a 1944 UK graduate, through the generous support of Benton Naff of the National Institutes of Health. Learn more here.