The University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center (UKSRC), funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), integrates multidisciplinary research, training, and stakeholder engagement around a common theme: reducing health risks posed by environmental contaminants in vulnerable communities. Specifically, we focus on investigating the impact of persistent halogenated organics (e.g. PCBs, PCE, TCE, and PFAS), reducing the toxic effects of these chemicals, and probing the unique challenges posed to under-resourced communities with health disparities. We use an intervention and prevention paradigm by promoting healthy lifestyles (i.e., healthful nutrition and increased physical activity) as a means to reduce the disease risks associated with exposure to Superfund pollutants and design engineered solutions that reduce future exposures through innovative sensing, remediation and fate and transport science.
UKSRC leverages the expertise of prominent and promising scholars who bring diverse disciplinary perspectives to the challenges that are central to our goals. It is deeply committed to achieving research excellence and to improving science, policy decision-making, and to working in partnership with our community stakeholders to promote health and well-being of the people living in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond.
November 15, 2021
Dr. Kelly Pennell (UKSRC’s Director) was interviewed for a story about a report claiming Henderson County officials downplayed a chemical exposure at an area company.
September 2, 2021
Dr. Bernie Hennig (UKSRC’s Deputy Director) was interviewed by the NIEHS Director, Dr. Rick Woychik, and the interview is featured in the “Director’s Corner” of the September issue of NIEHS’ Environmental Factor.
July 29, 2020
UK SRC PI Kevin Pearson receives the UK Office of Institutional Diversity's 2020 Inclusive Excellence Recognition Award.