KNI at the forefront of groundbreaking research
At UK’s Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, research is at the heart of what we do. With our strength and commitment to clinical trial and basic science research, we uncover new and innovative approaches to neurological challenges, increase understanding and knowledge about these conditions, and provide state-of-the-art treatments to our patients across Kentucky and the region.
Dr. Ed Kasarskis has traveled the region on his “Blood and BBQ” road trips, attending the gatherings of one Appalachian family that carries a gene mutation known to cause ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. He collects blood samples, skin biopsies and histories from members of the family willing to assist in his research.
What if we could reverse the effects of stroke? Dr. Justin Fraser and Dr. Gregory Bix are working to do just that. Fraser, surgical director of UK HealthCare’s Comprehensive Stroke Center, and Bix, director of UK HealthCare’s Center for Advanced Translational Stroke Science, have teamed up to find ways to reverse the damage caused by stroke.
Physician-scientists and researchers at UK HealthCare’s Brain Restoration Center have begun a first-of-its-kind clinical study aimed at stopping or reversing the effects of Parkinson’s disease. The study combines the established treatment – electrode-implanting surgery known as Deep Brain Stimulation, or DBS – with an experimental nerve-grafting procedure.
Over three decades, the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has been on the frontlines of the Alzheimer’s fight. It has emerged as one of the nation’s leading centers on memory disorders and Alzheimer’s research, a disease that kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
Without our dedicated researchers, leading-edge resources, and the patients who volunteer as trial participants and sample donors, we wouldn’t have many of the treatments and research knowledge that we routinely use today to help patients live longer and better lives.