Director of the Veterinary Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program


Dr. Mike kenney



Michael J. Kenney, PhD
Professor of Autonomic Neurophysiology
Associate Head, Department of Anatomy and Physiology
Director of the Veterinary Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

Phone (785) 532-4513



  • Work with K-State College of Veterinary Medicine faculty, students, trainees, and administration to promote and facilitate the Veterinary Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.

  • Coordinate a graduate level course designed to train graduate students in the responsible conduct of biomedical research.
  • Advance the research opportunities for graduate students and trainees in the College of Veterinary Medicine by seeking extramural funding to support training programs.


Ph.D.  University of Iowa, 1988


American Physiological Society
American Heart Association


Selected Publications:

Kenney MJ, CN Meyer, KG Hosking, and RJ Fels.  Is Visceral Sympathoexcitation to Heat Stress Dependent on Activation of Ionotropic Excitatory Amino Acid Receptors in the Rostral Ventral Lateral Medulla?  Am J Physiol Regulatory Integrative Comp Physiol, In Press, 2011.

Pickar JG, MJ Kenney, CNR Henderson, and MR Gudavalli. Somatosympathetic Reflex Mechanisms. In:  The Science and Clinical Application of Manual Therapy. (Chapter 3) King, H.H, Jänig, W. and Patterson, M.M. (eds.). Edinburgh, UK: Elsevier, 2011.

Margiocco ML, M Borgarelli, TI Musch, DM Hirai, KS Hageman, RJ Fels, AA Garcia, and MJ Kenney.  Effects of combined aging and heart failure on visceral sympathetic nerve and cardiovascular responses to progressive hyperthermia in F344 rats.  Am J Physiol Regulatory Integrative Comp Physiol  299: R1555-R1563, 2010.

Kenney MJ.  Animal aging and regulation of sympathetic nerve discharge.  J Appl Physiol 109 (4): 951-958, 2010.

Hosking KG, RJ Fels, and MJ Kenney.  Role of the rostral ventral lateral medulla in mediating visceral sympathoexcitation to acute heat stress.  Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical. 150: 104-110, 2009.

Helwig BG, RA Craig, RJ Fels, F Blecha, and MJ Kenney.  Central nervous system administration of interleukin-6 produces splenic sympathoexcitation.  Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical 141: 104-111, 2008.