Williams Named Director of UK Center for Health Services Research

Posted: 2/4/2014
Dr. Mark V. Williams, the new director for the University of Kentucky Center for Health Services Research, has a clear vision for the multidisciplinary research center: Applying research to optimize care. Williams joins UK's continued efforts on quality improvement and outcomes research. The Center for Health Services Research (CHSR) is focused on creating, testing and scaling next-generation solutions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care delivery and the overall health of people within Kentucky and beyond. A primary objective of the center is to accelerate the discovery of new knowledge concerning clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness... FULL STORY
Tags: Center for Health Services Research, Biomedical, 490

Bastos-Carvalho Receives Bayer Grant

Posted: 1/13/2014
Ana Bastos-Carvalho, a visiting scholar in the Ambati research group in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, received the Global Ophthalmology Research Award from Bayer HealthCare for her research, "Mechanisms of geographic atrophy expansion in age-related macular degeneration." http://www.bayer-ophthalmology-awards.com/html/b-about-c.html “We are studying age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the disease responsible for most cases of legal blindness in the American elderly population”, Bastos-Carvalho said. “The project awarded by Bayer focuses on unraveling how AMD progresses, which will hopefully... FULL STORY
Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, 490

Creating a Culture of Collaboration for Research at UK and Beyond

Posted: 1/10/2014
There's a proverb in the business world that says, "If you don’t know, hire someone who does." In the world of translational research, the saying might go like something this: "If you don't have the expertise or resources, collaborate with someone who does." The nature of translational science -- the process of turning a basic science discovery into applications for human patients -- is inherently multidimensional. Moving from the "bench to bedside" is a process that runs the gamut of biomedical research, incorporating laboratory and animal studies, clinical trials, drug and device development, regulatory issues, grant writing and more. Each step requires... FULL STORY
Tags: CCTS, 490, Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Ambati Receives Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award

Posted: 12/17/2013
Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, professor and vice chair in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine,is one of 11 recipients of the 2014 Harrington Scholar-Innovator Awards given by the Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center. These awards, chosen from more than 500 applicants at more than 100 institutions, will support drug discovery efforts of great promise at renowned institutions across the nation. Ambati's award will support development of novel therapeutics to treat Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), a major cause of... FULL STORY
Tags: Ophthalmology, Faculty, 490

UK's Arts In Healthcare Program Announces Holiday Programming

Posted: 12/2/2013
Everyone wants to be home for the holidays. Unfortunately, hospital patients don't have that luxury. For those who are unable to enjoy the comforts of a holiday at home, the UK Arts in Healthcare program has scheduled a series of events to help bring the holidays to the hospital. Carolers, pianists, harpists and more will bring holiday cheer to patients, visitors and staff in December. Of particular note: UK HealthCare's own Dr. Jay Zwischenberger will be performing at 1 p.m., Dec. 12, in the Pavilion A of UK Chandler Hospital. Carolers from Deep Springs Elementary School will be performing at noon, Dec.13, Pavilion A of UK Chandler Hospital. Carolers from the... FULL STORY
Tags: Arts in Healthcare

Alzheimer’s Disease Trial at UK is First of its Kind Worldwide

Posted: 12/2/2013
A new clinical trial being conducted at the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) and the UK Alzheimer’s Disease Center (ADC) may signal new hope in the future for those who might be afflicted with the devastating disease. Taking laboratory research pioneered at SBCoA and the associated UK ADC into human trials, the federally-funded research project will examine the therapeutic potential of microRNAs to delay or prevent Alzheimer’s disease.Led by physician-scientist Dr. Gregory Jicha, and building off of the work of fellow SBCoA physician-scientist Dr. Peter Nelson, the project, formally titled “Modulation of micro-RNA pathways by... FULL STORY
Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Alzheimer's research

Dr. Ronan Tynan to Speak, Perform at Sanders-Brown Dinner Nov. 11

Posted: 11/5/2013
Singer, physician, athlete and inspirational speaker Dr. Ronan Tynan is no stranger to adversity. When Tynan was 20, his legs had to be amputated below the knee after an auto accident caused serious complications. Just weeks after the operation, he was climbing up the steps of his college dorm, and within a year, he was winning gold medals in the Paralympics as a multitalented athlete. Between 1981 and 1984, Tynan amassed 18 gold medals and 14 world records, of which he still holds nine. Trained as a physician, Tynan began his remarkable singing career through formal music study at the age of 33, achieving great success as a member of the famed Irish Tenors prior to... FULL STORY
Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, 490, Invited Speaker Seminar

Ambati Receives Junius-Kuhnt Award

Posted: 11/1/2013
Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, professor and vice chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, received the Junius-Kuhnt Award from the University of Bonn in Hamburg, Germany, for his group's outstanding work and commitment to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) research. The Junius-Kuhnt Award honors physicians and scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the study and treatment of AMD, and has been awarded annually since 2007 at “Makula Update,” an annual congress of German retina specialists. This award is named after the German ophthalmologists Paul Junius and Kuhnt Hermann who, at... FULL STORY
Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

UK HealthCare Named ‘Rising Star’ Hospital by University HealthSystem

Posted: 10/18/2013
University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), an alliance of the nation’s leading nonprofit academic medical centers, has named UK HealthCare among the 2013 recipients of the Rising Star Award during the UHC Annual Conference 2013 in Atlanta. The award recognizes significant improvements in ranking in UHC’s annual Quality and Accountability Study, which identifies exemplary performance in patient safety, mortality, clinical effectiveness, and equity of care. UK HealthCare has not only shown improvement from previous years, it has the highest jump in rankings in UHC’s history with a Quality and Accountability Ranking of 12th among the nation's 118 academic medical... FULL STORY
Tags: UK HealthCare, Clinical

Clinical Education Research Day Highlights Research Activities,

Posted: 10/16/2013
The University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science will host the 2nd Annual UK Clinical Research Education Day on Friday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the UK Chandler Hospital, Pavilion H North Lobby (outside of the administration offices). The free, public event will feature a variety of informational tables for patients, students, faculty, staff and visitors to learn about clinical research activities and opportunities at UK. Several departments and centers will showcase their clinical research activities, including the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS); the departments of psychology, behavioral science, pediatrics, and... FULL STORY
Tags: Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Clinical

Gelfand Receives International Retina Research Foundation Grant

Posted: 10/4/2013
Bradley Gelfand, assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has received a $100,000 one-year grant from the International Retinal Research Foundation (IRRF) for his study “Iron-induced Alu RNA stability and toxicity in geographic atrophy.” Gelfand's lab is investigating the integration of two disease causing phenomena -- iron overload and Alu RNA buildup - into one overarching model. "The disease we are studying is geographic atrophy, which is the advanced stage of ‘dry’ age-related macular degeneration," Gelfand said. "With this research, we are hoping to provide new fundamental... FULL STORY
Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Faculty

Center for Clinical and Translational Science Announces Pilot Funding

Posted: 10/2/2013
The University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) Pilot Funding Program announces recipients of its most recent round of pilot funding in the Collaborative Category. The mission of the Pilot Funding Program is to offer opportunities and resources necessary to support innovative intervention and early stage and collaborative research approaches in clinical and translational studies, and to promote the development of new methodologies and tools relevant to the health challenges and disparities faced by the citizens of Kentucky, Appalachia, and other rural populations. Since its inception in 2007, the CCTS Pilot Funding Program has provided... FULL STORY
Tags: Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Markey Cancer Center