Shriners and Patients Celebrate Topping Out of New Facility at UK

Posted: 12/3/2015 - Tags: Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Clinical, Shriner's Hospital
Shriners Hospitals for Children and UK Healthcare celebrated an important milestone in the construction of the $47 million Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center (SHCMC) on Tuesday — the “topping out” of the new building. Construction began March 9, 2015, on the five-story medical center located at the corner of Conn Terrace and South Limestone, on the UK HealthCare campus across from the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital. “Topping out” is the construction term used to indicate that the final steel beam is being placed on the building. Patients, caregivers, and Shriners signed the 30-foot, 1,200-lb steel beam before it was lifted into place... FULL STORY

Ambati Lab Receives $2.4 Million Grant to Study Newly Discovered Source of

Posted: 11/1/2015 - Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Research
The John Templeton Foundation, a philanthropic organization devoted to rigorous scientific research and scholarship, has awarded a three-year, $2.4 million grant to Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati and his research team at the University of Kentucky Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences to study the genetics of a new source of DNA they discovered. The human body is made up of trillions of cells, with their own complete set of genetic instructions. This set of instructions is known as our genome and is made up of DNA. Within this DNA is a unique chemical code that guides human growth, development and health. The Ambati lab discovered a new ecosystem of genetic... FULL STORY

Fukuda Receives Prestigious Awards Given to Outstanding Japanese

Posted: 10/15/2015 - Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Research
Dr. Shinichi Fukuda, postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati at the University of Kentucky's Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences has received two prestigious awards to advance his research of dry macular degeneration. . The "Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research Abroad of Japan Society for the Promotion Science," presented by the Japan Society for the Promotion Science, is a two-year award given to foster highly capable researchers with wide international perspectives. It gives excellent young Japanese researchers an opportunity to carry out long-term research at an overseas university or research institution. The "Medical... FULL STORY

UK HealthCare Physicians Named to 2015-16 Best Doctors List

Posted: 10/7/2015
by Kristi Lopez LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2015) – UK HealthCare has more than 125 physicians practicing medicine with UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital and Shriner's Hospitals for Children who appear on the Best Doctors in America list for 2015-16 – more than any other hospital in Kentucky. Only 5 percent of doctors in America earn this honor, decided by impartial peer review. The Best Doctors in America list, assembled by Best Doctors Inc. and audited and certified by Gallup, results from polling of more than 40,000 physicians in the United States. Doctors in more than 40 specialties and 400... FULL STORY

Markey Hosting Gala to Support Expressions of Courage Exhibit

Posted: 1/21/2015
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center will host a special gala on Saturday, Feb. 7, to support its second annual Expressions of Courage exhibit this summer. Markey's Expressions of Courage exhibit is a yearly art showcase featuring original, artistic expressions connected in some way to an experience with a cancer diagnosis, or crafted by or in memory of a Markey patient whose battle has ended. The exhibit takes place in June, which is National Cancer Survivorship Month. The Expressions of Courage Gala will help raise funds to support the exhibit, which allows patients and family members to showcase their original art, dance, poetry and music in a... FULL STORY

HIV/AIDS Drugs Could Be Repurposed to Treat Age-Related Macular

Posted: 11/20/2014 - Tags: Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
A landmark study published today in the journal Science by an international group of scientists, led by the laboratory of Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, professor and vice chair of the Department of Ophthalmology... FULL STORY

UK Study Published in PNAS Reveals Mechanisms of Dry Age-Related Macular

Posted: 11/4/2014 - Tags: Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
University of Kentucky researchers led by Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, professor and vice-chair in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky, have made revealing discoveries about the precise mechanisms of retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE) death in the late stages of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The findings were released last week in the Proceedings in the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Geographic atrophy, an advanced form of dry AMD characterized by death of the RPE, causes untreatable blindness in millions worldwide. Previous studies from the Ambati lab reported in the journals Nature and Cell showed that RPE... FULL STORY

Ambati Receives CNIB Chanchlani Global Vision Research Award

Posted: 9/2/2014 - Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Faculty, Awards and Recognition
The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) recently announced Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, professor and vice chair in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, as the recipient of the 2014 CNIB Chanchlani Global Vision Research Award. The international award is bestowed annually to vision scientists who conduct world-class research to reduce the impact of sight loss in people’s lives and those who have made a major original contribution to the fields of vision science or vision rehabilitation. Ambati and his group have made groundbreaking discoveries and contributions to research on Age Related... FULL STORY

Yasuma Receives Fight for Sight Postdoctoral Research Award

Posted: 7/28/2014 - Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Awards and Recognition
Tetsuhiro Yasuma, postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been selected to receive the 2014 Fight for Sight Postdoctoral Award from Fight for Sight, a non-profit organization that promotes eye research by providing pilot funding to promising new researchers. Yasuma received training in biomedical research as an undergraduate student in Japan and general ophthalmology and surgery in graduate school. Yasuma joined the Ambati lab at UK in 2012. His research focuses on finding treatment for dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), the form of AMD that affects the majority of AMD... FULL STORY

Wright Receives Retinal Research Foundation Award

Posted: 6/6/2014 - Tags: Ophthalmology
Charles Wright, postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has received The Loris and David Rich Postdoctoral Scholar Award from the International Retina Research Foundation (IRRF). The Loris and David Rich Postdoctoral Scholar Award is one of three IRRF Scholar Awards that have been designated in honor of individuals who played a critical role in the development of the International Retinal Research Foundation and are meant to serve as a memorial to their efforts. Additionally, the awards were established to provide salary and research support in the amount of $35,000 per year for a... FULL STORY

Yasuma Receives Prestigious ARVO/ALCON Award

Posted: 5/15/2014 - Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Reo Yasuma, postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been named one of only four recipients worldwide to receive the annual Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology(ARVO)/Alcon Early Career Clinician-Scientist Research Award. The ARVO/Alcon Early Career Clinician-Scientist Research Awards are presented annually in recognition of significant research by clinician-scientists engaged in basic or clinical vision research. Yasuma started her research fellowship at UK in May 2012, where she studies the pathogenesis of ocular angiogenesis and of age-related macular... FULL STORY

Ambati Receives 2014 SEC Faculty Achievement Award

Posted: 4/11/2014 - Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Awards and Recognition, Faculty
Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, professor and vice chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine has been named one of 14 recipients of the 2014 SEC Faculty Achievement Awards. The annual awards recognize a faculty member from every SEC university who demonstrates outstanding records of teaching, research and scholarship. To be eligible for the SEC Faculty Achievement Award, a professor must be a teacher or scholar at an SEC university; have achieved the rank of full professor at an SEC university; have a record of extraordinary teaching; and a record of scholarship that is recognized nationally and/or internationally. Since... FULL STORY