American Society for Neurochemistry to meet in Lexington; forum featuring UK experts planned

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 1, 2023) — The 2023 American Society for Neurochemistry (ASN) annual meeting is set to take place March 18 to March 22 in downtown Lexington. 

The yearly ASN conference is a unique meeting that brings young and seasoned scientists together to experience cutting-edge neurochemistry and neurobiology, and for enhancing the careers of young investigators.

As part of the meeting, several experts from the University of Kentucky are hosting a free public forum that will look at topics ranging from healthy brain aging to addressing risks and disparities in the community. The public forum is set to take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on March 18 at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington.

Most of our nerve cells are not renewed throughout life and therefore, our brain is most vulnerable to aging. Age-related nerve degeneration can lead to dementia and Alzheimer's disease, a public health problem prevalent in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and disproportionally impacting African Americans and underserved communities. In this public forum, researchers from the University of Kentucky will discuss the latest research on risk factors affecting healthy brain aging, lifestyle choices that can restore the healthy brain, and strategies to address health disparities in our community.

Linda Van Eldik, Ph.D., director of UK’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and chair of the public forum, and Erhard Bieberich, Ph.D., professor in the UK College of Medicine, and local chair for the ASN, are leading the public forum which features four different speakers and topics.

  • Lauren Whitehurst, Ph.D., assistant professor in the UK College of Arts and Sciences, The Memory Cost of Racial Sleep Disparities
  • Erin Abner, Ph.D., professor in the UK College of Public Health, Public Health and Brain Health: We’re All in This Together
  • Frederick Schmitt, Ph.D., professor in the UK College of Medicine, Addressing Dementia Disparity
  • Ima Ebong, M.D., assistant professor in the UK College of Medicine, Disparities in Epilepsy

Registration is not required for the public forum. The session will take place in the Regency Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency. For more information or any questions, email

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