The University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center (UK-SRC) strives to reduce the negative health and environmental impacts of chlorinated organic compounds found at Superfund sites across both the Commonwealth and the U.S. Specifically UK-SRC biomedical research examines potential roles for nutritional components and lifestyle choices to minimize negative human health impacts related to chemical exposures, while environmental research examines potential uses of nanotechnology for detecting and cleaning up contaminants before exposure happens.

Through this body of research, together with engagement and translation activities designed to increase the real-world impact of laboratory findings, the UK-SRC works to improve health, reduce exposures, inform decisions, and develop tomorrow's environmental health scientists.

Bernhard Hennig, PhD
UK Superfund Research Center


Appalachian Forum Emphasizes Community

By Kelly Lenox, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences For the latest in her series of community forums, Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., director of NIEHS and the National Toxicology Program, visited southeastern Kentucky for the Appalachian Health and Well-Being Forum. Before the July 25 event at the Letcher County Cooperative Extension Office in Whitesburg, Birnbaum visited community groups, health organizations, and a clinic in the region.

UK Superfund Center Identifies Potential Link Between Pollutants and Human Disease Risk

Appalachian Kentucky has some of the highest rates of chronic diseases like cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes in the country. Researchers at the University of Kentucky's Superfund Research Center (SRC), which is supported through the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), are interested in understanding how exposure to environmental pollutants and poor diet and nutrition may interact to increase the risk of these diseases in people living in Appalachia and other at-risk populations.

Our Trainees

Jessie B. Hoffman, M.S.

Jessie is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, and received a master of science in nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Newberry College in South Carolina. Her research interests include nutritional modifications to reduce inflammation and adverse health effects of environmental pollutants such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).