Neuroscience research at the University of Kentucky includes nationally prominent research programs to understanding the aging process and age-related brain diseases. It includes leading-edge clinical research and treatment for neurological conditions involving the brain, spine, nerves and muscles, and vibrant neuroscience research demonstrating the potential for protection and repair of damaged neurons. First year initiatives include a neurosciences biobank, bolstering statistical support, creating a research collaborative web portal, providing mini-fellowships, hiring a project manager, and supporting a retreat/symposium.



Local Relevance

  • Alzheimer's Disease is the 6th leading cause of death in Kentucky, and Kentucky ranks 10th in Alzheimer's-related deaths in the nation. 

Existing Areas of Strength

  • By External Funding
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  • By Research Scholarship (SciVal by Elsevier, 2012-2018)
    • 6,592 articles, books and other publications
    • 75,839 citations
    • 11.5 citations/publication
    • 1.66 field-weighted citations
    • 48% of publications in top-tier journals

Research Sustainability

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Disciplinary Research Diversity

  • 20 patents
  • approximately 258 PIs leading neuroscience-related projects

current projects

Colleges, Centers & Departments Involved 

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Biology
  • Chemistry

College of Dentistry

  • Oral Health Practice
  • Oral Health Science

College of Engineering

  • Biomedical Engineering

College of Health Sciences

  • Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • Rehabilitation Sciences

College of Medicine 

  • Anesthesiology
  • Behavioral Science
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Pathology & Lab Medicine
  • Pharmacology & Nutritional Sciences
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Physiology
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Toxicology & Cancer Biology




  • Coming soon


How to Become a Member


Larry Goldstein, Co-Director, Kentucky Neuroscience Institute,

Linda Van Eldik, Director, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging,