Sanders-Brown Awarded Grant to Study Alzheimer's Prevention Drug

Posted: 10/6/2017
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a five year, $2.88 million grant to a Sanders-Brown Center on Aging researcher to study a drug's potential to prevent Alzheimer's disease.Researchers have known for decades that the hallmark plaques and tangles in the brain associated with Alzheimer's develop long before people experience memory loss. Ai-Ling Lin, an assistant professor at Sanders-Brown, hopes to demonstrate that low doses of Rapamycin, a drug commonly used as an immunosuppressant for organ transplant recipients, can restore brain function before the disease changes in the brain affect a person's memory."We know that Rapamycin signals blood vessels to... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging

KEHA Marks 40 Years of Support for UK Ovarian Cancer Research

Posted: 10/4/2017
A fundraising effort that began with an impassioned plea from one extension homemaker to her peers has positively impacted Kentucky women and the University of Kentucky for the past 40 years.The late Virginia McCandless, a Barren County extension homemaker, and Dr. John van Nagell with the UK Markey Cancer Center started the ovarian cancer research fundraising effort in 1977. At the time, McCandless was state health chair for the Kentucky Extension Homemaker’s Association and diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She approached van Nagell, her gynecologic oncologist, about ways to raise awareness about the cancer — often known as the “silent killer... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, community health and involvement, obstetrics

UK Researchers Seek to Identify Ways to Relieve Post-Chemotherapy

Posted: 9/29/2017
Of the 14 million cancer survivors in the United States, a significant number experience a serious side effect called chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment (CICI). While easily recognized, little is known about the etiology of this condition, also known informally as “chemo brain.” CICI can significantly reduce patients’ quality of life with serious, even devastating, symptoms such as memory lapses, difficulty concentrating, negative impacts on multitasking, confusion and fatigue.Three University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers are tackling this problem head-on, serving as principal investigators on a new $2.3 million grant awarded by the National... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, Markey Cancer Center

Markey Physicians First to Perform Unique Procedure for Ovarian Cancer

Posted: 9/19/2017
Physicians at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center are the first to perform a unique procedure to treat a rare and persistent type of ovarian cancer. Surgical oncologist Dr. Lauren Baldwin and radiation oncologist Dr. Jonathan Feddock collaborated on the procedure, which involved resecting the tumor and installing a special internal radiation device known as a CivaSheet. For nearly three decades, the patient who underwent the procedure has been living with a rare type of slow-growing ovarian cancer. Multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation failed to stop the disease. Prior to this procedure, she had undergone four previous surgeries at both a local... FULL STORY
Tags: Markey Cancer Center

UK Otolaryngology Residents Win National Academic Quiz Bowl

Posted: 9/18/2017
Medical residents from the University of Kentucky Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery recently won the 2017 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) Academic Quiz Bowl at the AAO-HNS Annual Meeting held in Chicago Sept.10 to 13.UK residents Dr. Kristan Alfonso, Dr. Mitch Dobberpuhl and Dr. Michael Kaufman competed against teams from Stanford University, the University of Maryland and Yale University. Approximately 111 otolaryngology residency training programs across the country take part in a home study course designed to enhance professional development in the specialty, according to the AAO-HNS. The... FULL STORY
Tags: Residents, Head and Neck Surgery

St. Elizabeth Funds $2.5 Million Scholarship Program for College of

Posted: 9/15/2017
St. Elizabeth Healthcare has provided a gift of $2.5 million to support a tuition scholarship program for the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Northern Kentucky. Through this gift, scholarships will be awarded to medical students enrolled at the Northern Kentucky campus, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019.The affiliation between the University of Kentucky, Northern Kentucky University and St. Elizabeth Healthcare was announced in February. This scholarship program is the next step in the development of a regional medical college in Northern Kentucky.“In providing these scholarships, we are making an enormous investment in the future of the... FULL STORY
Tags: Student Affairs, Students

Karpf Honored by Faculty, Staff for Leadership, Dedication to UK HealthCare

Posted: 9/13/2017
University of Kentucky and UK HealthCare employees will gather today to honor the career and leadership of UK Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Michael Karpf as he prepares to complete his last week in the role he has held for the past 14 years. Dr. Mark Newman will begin his post as the new EVPHA beginning Sept. 18. "It’s a pleasure to honor an individual who has so deeply impacted our campus and our Commonwealth," said UK President Eli Capilouto. "Thanks to his vision and his leadership, we now ensure that Kentuckians with complex illnesses do not have to leave the state to receive top quality care." Under Karpf’s leadership, UK has invested close... FULL STORY

Achieving Health Equity: Tools for a National Campaign Against Racism is

Posted: 9/12/2017
Epidemiologist Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones will present the next installment of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series, "Achieving Health Equity: Tools for a National Campaign Against Racism."Jones is research director on social determinants of health and equity for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  She is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impact of racism on the health and well-being of the nation.She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high-quality health care but also attention to the social determinants of... FULL STORY
Tags: DDLS, Research

ALS Equipment Loan Closet Assists Patients with Lou Gehrig's Disease

Posted: 9/11/2017
Last month, the UK HealthCare ALS Clinic earned a coveted recognition from the ALS Association: ALS Association Certified Treatment Center of Excellence. The certification honors UK's commitment to ALS research and patient care, which centers around a multidisciplinary approach where ALS patients see a variety of specialists in a single visit.(Read more about our ALSA Certification here.)But the ALS Clinic—part of UK's Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (KNI) -- goes beyond those requirements, offering a valuable service called the ALS Equipment Loan Closet in partnership with the ALS Association's Kentucky Chapter and Roddy and Kim Williams, who co... FULL STORY
Tags: ALS, Research

UK Student Co-Authors Paper on Recruiting Blacks/African-Americans for

Posted: 8/31/2017
In a paper published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, lead author Eseosa Ighodaro, Ph.D., encouraged fellow researchers to address the challenges associated with studying dementia in Blacks/African-Americans. The paper, co-authored by researchers at the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, the University of Washington, Rice University and Rush University Medical Center, is a clear-eyed look at the barriers that hinder minority recruitment for dementia research and the misconceptions that potentially distort research outcomes through unintended bias. "This study helps to identify problems in dementia-related research that are both... FULL STORY
Tags: Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, Students

COCVD Pilot Grant Funding Opportunity

Posted: 8/24/2017
The NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) on Obesity and Cardiovascular Diseases, in collaboration with the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS) announce the availability of limited funds to support pilot projects focused on research examining obesity-associated diseases (cardiovascular, diabetes, others). These pilot grants are intended to assist investigators new to this area of research to generate sufficient data to be competitive for extramural funding.Funding Amount:Individual project awards, up to $50,000 in direct costs only will be made on a competitive basis which must be spent over 12 months.Eligibility:Eligibility is limited to... FULL STORY

Former Wildcat Standout Faces a New Opponent: ALS

Posted: 8/21/2017
Everyday, approximately 15 people learn they have Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. ALS is a progressive neurological disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, eventually stealing from its victims the ability to walk, dress, write, speak, swallow and breathe. Most ALS patients die within five years of diagnosis, and currently, there is no cure.ALS has afflicted poets, athletes, scientists and politicians, including physicist Stephen Hawking, NFL football player Steve Gleason, and of course major league baseball hall of famer Lou Gehrig, who gave ALS its second name. Kentuckians recently learned of the... FULL STORY
Tags: multidisciplinary care, ALS