UK Receives $1.2 Million from American Heart Association for Research

Posted: 9/10/2013
The American Heart Association has awarded eight research grants totaling $1.235 million to the University of Kentucky, including the UK Saha Cardiovascular Research Center and the UK College of Medicine. The goal of these studies is to aid in the development of new cardiovascular treatments to reduce deaths from heart disease and stroke. “Financial support from the American Heart Association has been an important component in the development of the expansive group of cardiovascular researchers at UK,” said Dr. Alan Daugherty, director at the UK Saha Cardiovascular Research Center. “Over the years, their support has been invaluable in promoting the careers of many... FULL STORY
Tags: Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Saha Cardiovascular Research Center

16th Annual Gill Heart Institute Cardiovascular Research Day Scheduled for

Posted: 9/10/2013
The University of Kentucky Gill Heart Institute and the UK Saha Cardiovascular Research Center will host the 16th Annual Gill Heart Cardiovascular Research Day, Oct. 11, at the Lexington Convention Center. Gill Heart Insitute Cardiovascular Research Day annually attracts preeminent speakers in the field of cardiology and cardiovascular research. It also features a symposium for trainee researchers, a scientific poster session, and the presentation of the annual Saha Awards for medical and nursing education. This year, speakers include Dr. Peter Libby, Mallinckrodt Professor of Mmedicine and Cchief of Cardiovascular Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women... FULL STORY
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College of Medicine Hosts Free Community Health Fair on Sept. 8

Posted: 9/3/2013
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine, in collaboration with the colleges of pharmacy, dentistry, nursing and public health, will host the annual free Community Health Fair from 1 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 8, at the BioPharm Building (College of Pharmacy), located at 789 South Limestone St. on UK's campus. The annual event, organized by UK College of Medicine students, targets all underrepresented, uninsured, low-income and no-income persons interested in access to free health care. Among its many services, the health fair will offer blood pressure checks, women’s health care, nutritional assessments, hearing and vision screenings, blood glucose and HbA1c... FULL STORY
Tags: Community Health Fair, Students, Undergraduate Medical Education

Town Hall to Address Alzheimer's Information

Posted: 8/16/2013
Members of the public interested in participating in research related to aging and Alzheimer's disease are invited to a town hall-style meeting to be held on Monday, Aug. 19, in Lexington. The meeting, sponsored by the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Fayette County Extension Office, 1140 Red Mile Place. During the town hall, participants will have the chance to hear from physicians and scientists currently engaged in research to find a cure or preventive measures for Alzheimer's disease. The researchers will describe their programs, as well as opportunities for the general public to become involved through... FULL STORY
Tags: Alzheimer's disease

Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education

Posted: 7/23/2013
Effective August 1, 2013, Dr. Darrell Jennings will step down from his role as Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education to focus primarily on his role as chair in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine including the department’s acquisition of the Medical Directorship of the State Public Health Reference Lab in Frankfort. This change concludes the transition which began in August of 2012 when Dr. Jennings assumed the position of departmental chair. Dr. Jennings led the Office of Medical Education for 10 years with a focus on educational quality management and accountability, stressing a balanced approach of strategic and operational oversight.... FULL STORY
Tags: Undergraduate Medical Education

Ambati to Receive Mark Brothers Award

Posted: 7/22/2013
Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, professor and vice chair in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and professor of physiology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, will receive the 2013 Mark Brothers Award from the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. and Mrs. Guey C. Mark created the endowed Mark Brothers Lectureship to recognize nationally and internationally renowned medical scientists of Asian descent. The Mark Brothers Lectureship was established in 1997 in honor of Dr. Mark’s brothers, who immigrated from Canton and settled in South Bend, Ind., where they built a successful restaurant business. The brothers, because of their... FULL STORY
Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Faculty

Telehealth Expands Patient Access To Care

Posted: 7/16/2013
The following column appeared in the Lexington Herald-Leader on Sunday, July 14. By Rob Sprang Imagine that during your last visit to your mother’s home in Eastern Kentucky, you noticed that she was having memory problems. The closest memory disorder specialist is in Lexington and Mom has made it clear that she feels fine and is not going all the way to Lexington just to see the doctor. So, if you can’t bring Mom to the doctor, can you bring the doctor to Mom? In Kentucky, the answer is yes. Kentucky is a recognized national leader in the use of telehealth or interactive video conference technology used to connect patients and providers who are many miles... FULL STORY
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Announcement Regarding UK's Markey Cancer Center Set for 10 a.m.

Posted: 7/12/2013
University of Kentucky President Dr. Eli Capilouto will join Gov. Steve Beshear, U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo, UK Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Michael Karpf and UK Markey Cancer Center Director Dr. Mark Evers for an important announcement at 10 a.m. in the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A atrium. All faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to attend the announcement and may also watch the news conference via live stream at http://uknow.uky.edu.
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Research Will Look for Possible Links Between AMD, Atherosclerosis

Posted: 7/11/2013
Bradley Gelfand, assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been awarded a research grant from the American Heart Association to study atherosclerosis. The grant will be used to determine whether the same novel findings previously discovered in human age-related macular degeneration also apply to human atherosclerosis. In particular, which levels and activity of the enzyme Dicer are altered in the vessel wall during atherosclerotic lesion formation. One consequence of Dicer reduction could be the build-up of unwanted, toxic RNA's that are normally eliminated by Dicer activity. The... FULL STORY
Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Kleinman Receives American Federation for Aging Research Grant

Posted: 7/11/2013
Dr. Mark E. Kleinman, assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and principal investigator in the laboratory of ocular biology and imaging, has been awarded a research grant from the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) to pursue his research on age-related macular degeneration. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an epidemic in the developed world and the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in people over 55 years old. The hallmark of the disease is the formation of subretinal deposits called drusen that induce inflammation, spur leaky choroidal vascular in-... FULL STORY
Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Faculty

Growth through Investment: CCTS Funding Transforms Careers, Research

Posted: 7/9/2013
Through early support of promising investigators in fields ranging from lung cancer to Alzheimer's disease to pediatric heart disease, the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) has seen great return on their investment in recent years in the area of biomedical imaging at UK. The growth through investment ratio in this area has been great, with the return in federally-funded grants greatly multiplying the initial investment by the CCTS in the investigators' work.  In its first three years of funding by a federal Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), the CCTS has invested $652,999 in support for young... FULL STORY
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Researchers Investigate Mechanism of Alzheimer's Therapy

Posted: 7/8/2013
Researchers at the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, led by faculty member Donna Wilcock, have recently published a new paper in the Journal of Neuroscience detailing an advance in treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Gammagard™ IVIg is a therapy that has been investigated for treatment of Alzheimer's. Despite small clinical studies that have reported efficacy of the approach, the mechanism of action is poorly understood. The UK researchers set out to investigate the mechanism by which the treatment may act in the brain to lower amyloid deposition (amyloid deposits being a key pathology in Alzheimer's). To conduct their investigation,... FULL STORY
Tags: Alzheimer's research