Bix Receives NIH Funding for Stroke Recovery Research

Posted: 5/13/2013
Dr. Gregory Bix, Paul G. Blazer J. Professor of Stroke Research in the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and the UK departments of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Neurology, has received funding of $224,416 from the National Institutes of Health, to further study of stroke recovery. Stroke is a leading cause of death in the U.S. and worldwide. Existing FDA-approved pharmaceutical therapies for stroke rely upon administration within a very tight timeframe, and engender other risks. Bix is working to investigate how the brain's own neuroprotective abilities may be employed to activate post-stroke repair mechanisms in the brain itself. "This... FULL STORY
Tags: Faculty, Stroke, Anatomy and Neurobiology

Leading the Way in Diabetes and Obesity Research

Posted: 5/13/2013
Physicians and scientists from across the nation will gather at the University of Kentucky on May 13, to discuss the latest trends and current findings in obesity and diabetes research at the Barnstable Brown Obesity and Diabetes Research Day. The event, hosted by the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center and the UK Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences, will feature research poster presentations and nationally prominent physician-scientists discussing the latest trends and current findings in obesity and diabetes research. "UK has taken on a leadership role in obesity and diabetes research," said Dr. Philip Kern, director of the center and... FULL STORY
Tags: Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center, Diabetes

Gill Heart Institute Receives Donation from "Mission Monday"

Posted: 5/10/2013
UK HealthCare's Gill Heart Institute received a donation this week from new Lexington business Altar'd State as part of the boutique's "Mission Monday" initiative. Dr. Susan Smyth, chief of cardiovascular medicine at the Gill Heart Institute, and Justin Campbell, administrator of the Gill Heart Institute, received the gift Wednesday from storeowner Jennie Benningfield. Altar'd State operates almost 20 boutiques in the Southeastern region. Headquartered in Knoxville, each Altar'd State store donates 10 percent of net proceeds each Monday to various local charities. Benningfield said they chose the Gill Heart Institute for February to recognize American Heart... FULL STORY
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World-renowned Radiologist to Visit UK for Bluegrass Visiting Professorship

Posted: 5/3/2013
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine will host Dr. Lazslo Tabar as the Bluegrass Visiting Professor for the Department of Radiology. Tabar is a world-renowned pioneer in mammography and breast cancer screening and Project Leader of the landmark Randomized Controlled Breast Cancer Screening Project. The Department of Radiology Bluegrass Visiting Professor Series brings to UK world-class medical imaging educators to share their expertise with trainees and faculty. On Monday, May 6, from 5:10 to 6:10 p.m., Tabar is giving a keynote lecture titled, "A New Era in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Breast Cancer: What Fuels the Anti-Screening Propaganda?" The lecture... FULL STORY
Tags: Radiology, Faculty

Center on Trauma and Children Moves to College of Medicine

Posted: 4/26/2013
The Center on Trauma and Children (CTAC) has moved to the College of Medicine to facilitate and enhance the translational research activities of the center. CTAC is dedicated to the enhancement of the health and well-being of children and their families through research, service and dissemination of information about child abuse and trauma. "We are excited about the opportunities at the College of Medicine to work in an interdisciplinary setting and pursue our goal of improving the lives of children and families affected by trauma," said Ginny Sprang, executive director of CTAC. More than three million children in the United States are... FULL STORY
Tags: Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Psychiatry

UK Study Shows Potential New Way to Detect Colorectal and Other Cancers

Posted: 4/25/2013
A unique new study led by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers Guo-Min Li and Libya Gu, in collaboration with Dr. Wei Yang at National Institutes of Health, reveals a novel mechanism explaining the previously unknown root cause of some forms of colorectal cancers. The study, published in Cell, discovers that an abnormal histone protein modification impairs a DNA repair machinery that controls cancer development, yielding a potential new way of detecting these types of colorectal cancers. It represents the first time that epigenetic histone marks regulate the genome maintenance system. DNA errors created during DNA replication can lead to many... FULL STORY
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Conference to Focus on New Frontiers in Percutaneous Cardiovascular

Posted: 4/24/2013
The Gill Heart Institute will host a cardiovascular program titled, "New Frontiers in Percutaneous Cardiovascular Therapies," on May 11 on the University of Kentucky campus. The conference will provide updates in the latest percutaneous and minimally invasive technologies for the treatment of coronary and peripheral arterial disease, along with highlights of emerging procedures in the field, specifically: Team-based approaches to valvular heart disease and options for high-risk and inoperable patients; Newer, catheter-based therapies for pulmonary embolism and venous thrombosis; And new directions in the treatment of medically resistant hypertension, regenerative... FULL STORY
Tags: Gill Heart Institute, Kentucky Neuroscience Institute

Faculty, Staff and Student Work Highlighted at Markey Cancer Research Day

Posted: 4/18/2013
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center held its annual Markey Cancer Center Research Day April 15, celebrating the advances of cancer research on the UK campus and giving students and postdoctoral fellows an opportunity to present their research. This year’s event featured a record 142 posters; three oral presentations from a graduate student, a postdoctoral fellow and a senior researcher; and two faculty oral presentations. Awards for poster presentations were presented in two different categories - basic science and clinical science - for both graduate and postdoctoral fellows. A Researcher's Choice Award was also presented, based on a popular vote... FULL STORY
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Research Sheds New Light on Traumatic Brain Injuries

Posted: 4/16/2013
Even a mild injury to the brain can have long lasting consequences, including increased risk of cognitive impairment later in life. While it is not yet known how brain injury increases risk for dementia, there are indications that chronic, long-lasting, inflammation in the brain may be important. A new paper by researchers at the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA), appearing in the Journal of Neuroscience, offers the latest information concerning a “switch” that turns “on” and “off” inflammation in the brain after trauma. A team of researchers led by Linda Van Eldik, director of SBCoA, used a mouse model to study the role of p38a MAPK in... FULL STORY
Tags: Faculty, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging

Markey Cancer Research Day Highlights Work of Faculty and Students

Posted: 4/12/2013
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center will host its annual Markey Cancer Center Research Day from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Monday, April 15. Markey Cancer Research Day is an annual event celebrating the advances of cancer research on the University of Kentucky campus. Held at the UK Singletary Center for the Arts, this year’s event will feature a record 142 posters; oral presentations by a graduate student, a postdoctoral fellow and a senior researcher; two faculty oral presentations; the State of the Cancer Center Address by Dr. Mark Evers, director of the UK Markey Cancer Center; and the Susan B. Lester Memorial Lecture given by Dr. David Sabatini from the... FULL STORY
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College of Medicine Website Profiles

Posted: 4/1/2013
Welcome to the new College of Medicine website. If you are faculty, staff, or a student within the College of Medicine, take a moment to update your public profile! We have placed documentation on how to login and modify your profile at the links below: Instructions for updating your profile How to add PubMed publications automatically to your profile We have also developed an online form to submit questions and/or comments.  
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Kyprianou to be Inducted to Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars

Posted: 3/21/2013
Professor Natasha Kyprianou, the James F. Hardymon Chair in Urologic Research at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been elected to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. The society was established in May 1967 by the trustees of the University to honor former Johns Hopkins postdoctoral fellows and junior or visiting faculty, who have subsequently achieved marked distinction in their field. Kyprianou was a postdoctoral fellow in Urologic Oncology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, from 1987-1990. Kyprianou is a professor of urology, molecular and cellular biochemistry, pathology and toxicology. A leading investigator in... FULL STORY
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