New Grant Provides Retinopathy Screenings for Diabetics

Posted: 10/24/2018
Diabetes is a complex condition that requires patients to check in with providers across a number of specialties. Multiple appointments with practitioners can mean endless rounds of scheduling, traveling and follow-ups. Many patients don't have the flexibility to take off work, the means to travel, or access to education materials to help them manage their condition. But thanks to a new grant secured by UK HealthCare's CE Central and their partners at DKBmed, vital screenings for diabetic retinopathy will be conducted by the patient's primary care provider.Starting in March 2019, diabetic patients can receive retinopathy screenings at their primary care clinic.... FULL STORY
Tags: Ophthalmology, Research

New Genetic Ophthalmologist Specializes in Inherited Eye Diseases

Posted: 9/13/2018
Ophthalmic genetics, the branch of medicine concerned with inherited eye diseases, is a relatively new subspecialty with less than 100 practitioners worldwide. In July 2017, the team at UK Advanced Eye Care became home to one of these rare practitioners, Dr. Ramiro Maldonado. Maldonado, who joins the University of Kentucky as an assistant professor of ophthalmology in the College of Medicine, is a native of Ecuador. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at Duke University, and went on to participate in fellowships in medical retina and ophthalmic genetics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.... FULL STORY
Tags: Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

UK Global Ophthalmology Hosts Inaugural Outreach Clinic

Posted: 6/1/2018
On May 5, the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, in partnership with the Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH) and the Huffman & Huffman Clinic, held its first UK Global Ophthalmology (UK GO) outreach service in Hazard. In all, 23 volunteers — clinical subspecialists, optometrists, community health workers, medical students, ophthalmic technicians, staff and administrators — cared for over 100 patients, many of whom were children, during an all-day free clinic available to anyone in the community. Throughout the day, more than 70... FULL STORY
Tags: Ophthalmology, Center of Excellence in Rural Health

UK Global Ophthalmology Program to Host Award-Winning Film

Posted: 12/13/2017
The University of Kentucky Global Ophthalmology (UK GO) program, a new program with a mission to prevent avoidable blindness by fighting eye disease across the Commonwealth and beyond, has partnered with the UK Global Health Initiatives, directed by Dr. Sam Matheny, professor of Family and Community Medicine, for a unique opportunity of a screening of the documentary, “Bending the Arc.” The documentary, produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, tells the story of three extraordinary doctors and activists whose work 30 years ago to save lives in a rural Haitian village grew into a global battle for the right to health for all. The screening will be held 5 p.m... FULL STORY
Tags: Ophthalmology

UK HealthCare's New Advanced Eye Care Clinic Enhances Patient Care,

Posted: 3/23/2017
In the continuous pursuit of providing unsurpassed excellence in health care to the people of Kentucky and beyond, the UK HealthCare Advanced Eye Care Clinic opened its’ doors to the future of eye care at UK on March 20. The Advanced Eye Care Clinic, formerly located at the Kentucky Clinic, now occupies the entire fourth and fifth floors of the new Shriner’s Hospital for Children building located at 110 Conn Terrace, just across the street from UK’s Albert B. Chandler Hospital. The state-of-the-art clinic will be the flagship for advanced ophthalmologic care, research, and education in Kentucky. The patient-centered Advanced Eye Care Clinic is designed for ease of... FULL STORY
Tags: Ophthalmology

Shriners and Patients Celebrate Topping Out of New Facility at UK

Posted: 12/3/2015
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
Tags: Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Clinical, Shriner's Hospital

Fukuda Receives Prestigious Awards Given to Outstanding Japanese

Posted: 10/15/2015
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
Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Research

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
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
Tags: Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, 490

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

Posted: 11/4/2014
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
Tags: 490, Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Yasuma Receives Fight for Sight Postdoctoral Research Award

Posted: 7/28/2014
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
Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Awards and Recognition, 490

Wright Receives Retinal Research Foundation Award

Posted: 6/6/2014
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
Tags: Ophthalmology