Grundy Receives Outstanding Achievement in Human Rights Award

Posted: 6/26/2013
Chester Grundy, senior diversity advisor to the Dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky, was a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in Human Rights Award presented by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission. The award was presented during the Commission’s 50th Anniversary Dinner and Awards Program in Lexington on June 20. The Human Rights Commission sponsors the award to recognize individuals and/or organizations that have shown exemplary performances in human rights and equal opportunity and have profoundly impacted the way that human rights is conducted over the course of their entire lifetime or who have made... FULL STORY
Tags: Awards and Recognition, Staff

UK College of Medicine Students Prepare for Annual Free Community Health

Posted: 6/17/2013
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine, in collaboration with the colleges of pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, health sciences and communications, is preparing to host the annual free community health fair which provides services to underrepresented and uninsured residents in Lexington and the surrounding area. This year's event has been set for 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8, at the BioPharm Building (College of Pharmacy), located at 789 South Limestone St. on UK's campus. The UK Community Health Fair, organized by UK College of Medicine students, targets all underrepresented, uninsured, low-income and no-income persons interested in access to free health... FULL STORY
Tags: Community Health Fair, Students, Clinical

UK Scientists Discover Inner-Ear Repair Mechanism

Posted: 6/12/2013
A team of researchers at the University of Kentucky has discovered a two-step mechanism that enables crucial molecular structures inside the inner ear to rebuild themselves after being damaged. Exposure to excessively loud noises—a jet engine, a rock concert—leads to temporary hearing loss. One cause of that loss is breakage of ‘tip links’, the delicate protein chains in the mechanosensory hair cells of the inner ear. Tip links re-form over the course of several hours restoring mechanosensitivity, but the details of their regeneration had remained unclear. The team’s findings are published June 11 in the open access journal PLOS Biology. The brain detects sound... FULL STORY
Tags: Faculty, Physiology

Personal Impact: Iraq War Veteran Studies Neurotrauma at UK

Posted: 6/7/2013
He's only 27, but Johnny Cebak is a veteran of combat in Iraq, a University of Kentucky doctoral candidate studying neurotrauma, a survivor of brain trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder himself, and a National Guard officer. He has even been on the cover of the New York Times. The story of his academic, military and personal excellence is a tale of determination, support from key individuals and achieving a balance between his academic and military commitments. The day after his graduation from Meade County High School in 2003, Cebak headed to basic training as a member of the Army National Guard. Soon after, he received specialized training as a combat medic.... FULL STORY

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
Tags: Markey Cancer Center

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
Tags: Faculty, Markey Cancer Center