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

The 48th annual Naff Symposium 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, April 21, in the AA Auditorium at William T. Young Library.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 23, 2023) — 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 and will be attended by faculty and students from UK and colleges and universities in Kentucky and the region.

Speakers will include:

  • Barry Halliwell, Ph.D., from the National University of Singapore, "Is Ergothioneine a Factor Against Neurodegeneration and a Promoter of Healthy Ageing?"
  • Marzia Perluigi, Ph.D., 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, Ph.D., 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 Deadline for abstract submission is April 4. Any questions regarding the poster session can be addressed to Marcelo Guzman, Ph.D., at

Any questions regarding the 2023 Naff Symposium can be directed to the Department of Chemistry at or Professor Allan Butterfield at

For more information about the Naff Symposium, including a schedule, visit

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

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