Kenneth Hensley, PhD

Kenneth Hensley, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cellular Biology

7000 Chad Colley Boulevard
Fort Smith, AR  72916
ARCOM 278
479-308-2361
Kenneth.hensley@arcomedu.org

Kenneth Hensley, PhD, is Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Sciences at the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM).   A member of the inaugural faculty at ARCOM, Dr. Hensley received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Kentucky in 1995.  He has dedicated his career to the research and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease and the pediatric disorder of Batten’s disease.  Dr. Hensley has researched and taught at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation; the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center and the University of Toledo Health Science Campus.  He has published 150 scientific manuscripts and holds multiple U.S. and international patents.  Dr. Hensley has spent most of the past decade understanding how a natural brain metabolite called lanthionine ketimine protects against neurodegeneration.  A brain penetrating derivative of this substance that Dr. Hensley invented is in late-stage preclinical development for Batten disease, and is also under study for the treatment of glioma.  Dr. Hensley is continuing his research at ARCOM with a special emphasis on identifying natural products from the Arkansas forests that inhibit brain sirtuin proteins.