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Gill Heart Institute Researcher Explores Stem Cell Therapy for Heart Attack Patients

Posted: 6/26/2015

Regenerative medicine is a relatively new concept in the U.S., although research into the use of stem cells to treat disease is more established in Europe. Since stem cells have the ability to differentiate into any type of cell, they have the potential to foster the repair of damaged tissue. As such, stem cell therapy offers great promise in the development of medical treatments for a wide range of conditions — including heart attacks.

"When someone has a heart attack, we shift into maintenance mode by prescribing medicines and other treatments to prevent another heart attack, but we can't reverse the damage that's already done," said Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Latif, assistant professor at the University of Kentucky's Gill Heart Institute. "With all of our advances in cardiovascular medicine, there is currently only one approved way to repair damaged heart tissue after a heart attack: with a heart transplant."

An average of 21 people die every day in the U.S. waiting for an organ transplant, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) and the Gift of Life Donor Program. Clearly, transplant isn't a very elegant solution due to the limited number of donor hearts available and the lifetime of maintenance required to avoid complications post... FULL STORY

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$1.6 Million Grant Looks at Role of Key Protein following

Posted: 6/24/2015
Linda Van Eldik, Ph.D., director of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky, has received a $1.6 million grant to study the role of a key protein in the cascade of events following traumatic brain injury (TBI). The five-year grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) explores the role of... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, Grants and Funding, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Alzheimer's research

COM student featured in Journal of Neuropathology &

Posted: 6/22/2015
Ese Ighodaro, a COM M.D./Ph.D. student, recently published her research titled “Hippocampal Sclerosis of Aging Can Be Segmental: Two Cases and Review of the Literature” in the July issue of the Journal of Neuropathology & Experimental Neurology. In addition to having her work published in the journal, figures from her research will also be... FULL STORY

UK Hosts 5th Annual Barnstable Brown Research Day

Posted: 6/17/2015 - Tags: Reseach, Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center
The University of Kentucky’s fifth annual Barnstable Brown Obesity and Diabetes Research Day was held on May 20 at the Albert B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion A. Since 2011, the event has focused on current findings in obesity and diabetes research and features presentations by nationally prominent physician-scientists as well as the work of regional researchers and UK students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty chosen from abstract submissions. President Eli Capilouto opened the day with remarks about the importance of diabetes research at UK, given the prevalence of the disease in the region and the fact that diabetes is one of the leading causes of death and disability... FULL STORY

Hoven Elected First Female Chair of World Medical Association

Posted: 6/16/2015 - Tags: Alumni
Retired University of Kentucky professor Dr. Ardis D. Hoven was elected the first female chair of the World Medical Association (WMA) at the organization’s 200th council meeting in Oslo, Norway. Hoven has served as chair of the American Medical Association delegation to the WMA for the past few years and now will serve a two-year term as chair of the WMA. The WMA is the international organization representing physicians from 111 national medical associations. “I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to do this,” Hoven said. “I see myself not so much as a woman in this role, but as a leader of a global organization of physicians who are working to support their peers... FULL STORY

Gill Heart Institute Doctor Assesses New Cholesterol Drugs

Posted: 6/12/2015 - Tags: Reseach, Gill Heart Institute
On the brink of FDA approval is a new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs with the potential to change the landscape in the prevention of heart attack and stroke. "These new drugs are a blockbuster as far as achieving the goal of getting LDL levels down markedly," Dr. Thomas Whayne, director of the Lipid Management Clinic at the Gill Heart Institute, said. "Particularly in the cases where high-risk patients cannot tolerate the current standard of care, we will have a powerful pharmaceutical alternative. It's going to be fantastic." Called PCSK9 inhibitors, these drugs appear to sharply reduce levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol. Clinical trials of PCSK9 inhibitor... FULL STORY

Four Grants in Six Months for Sanders-Brown Researcher

Posted: 6/12/2015 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Reseach
A researcher from UK's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has received four different grants in six months to explore both disease processes and potential treatments for Alzheimer's and related diseases. Since January of 2015, Joe Abisambra, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Physiology and Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, has been awarded grants totaling more than $1.3 million from the Department of Defense, UK's Center for Clinical and Translational Science, GlaxoSmithKline, and UK's Center for Biomedical Excellence. "The overall objective of my research program is to investigate the molecular mechanisms by which tau causes neurodegeneration in diseases... FULL STORY

Neuroscience Expo Will Feature Interactive Learning

Posted: 6/9/2015 - Tags: Kentucky Neuroscience Institute
The University of Kentucky's Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, Office of Clinical Simulation and the UK HealthCare/Norton Healthcare Stroke Care Network have joined forces to offer a new kind of symposium for neuroscience and stroke care. The Clinical... FULL STORY

Grant for UK's Anesthesia Olympics Helps Residents Master Skills

Posted: 6/5/2015 - Tags: Anesthesiology, Residents, Education
When the word 'Olympics' comes to mind, people often associate it with professional athletes who demonstrate their talents and abilities in competition. In the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, anesthesiology residents also demonstrate their skills in a simulation event called the Anesthesia Olympics, a unique program designed to assess and sharpen their skill sets as they further their education. Similar to the Olympics where athletes are measured in seconds, meters and kilograms, residents who participate in the Anesthesia Olympics are evaluated as they move through a series of six work stations where they are asked to... FULL STORY

UK Anesthesiologist Visits “the Other UK” on Prestigious Endowed-

Posted: 6/4/2015 - Tags: Anesthesiology, Patient safety
In May, Dr. John H. Eichhorn, professor of Anesthesiology and Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, a widely recognized patient safety activist, visited “the other UK,” the United Kingdom, to deliver a 10-day series of presentations as part of an invited endowed lectureship conferred by the British Royal College of Anaesthetists. Eichhorn was the J. Arthur Rank Lecturer, the Royal College’s highest honor for a visiting dignitary, which is awarded only rarely, and is named after its original sponsor, a late English industrialist and media mogul. He delivered presentations to the entire staff at various university... FULL STORY

Markey Researchers Present Latest Studies at Annual Research Day

Posted: 5/29/2015 - Tags: Reseach, Markey Cancer Center
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center held its sixth annual Markey Cancer Center Research Day, highlighting the work of UK students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty from the past year. Research Day provides an opportunity for investigators to showcase their work and also view the work of their colleagues across the campus. Markey researchers are housed all across the University, spanning seven colleges and 26 departments. “We’ve investigators interested in cancer research from all across the campus coming together to talk about their latest findings and sharing those findings,” said Dr. Mark Evers, director of the UK Markey Cancer Center. “We’re seeing... FULL STORY

UK College of Medicine Celebrates Class of 2015 with Commencement and

Posted: 5/28/2015
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine Class of 2015 assumed the title of “doctor” during the commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16. The graduating class consisted of 113 students who will pursue 22 different specialties in Kentucky and throughout the United States. Prior to the commencement ceremony, students and faculty received awards at the College of Medicine Senior Awards Lunch. View the complete list of awards presented at the Awards Lunch and Graduation here or view photos from the events here.

Medical Students Act as Exercise Mentors to Pediatric BMI Patients

Posted: 5/28/2015 - Tags: Medical Education, Students, Pediatric
Chance Ridgeway hasn’t stopped moving for 45 straight minutes. Sweat beads form on the brow of the 11-year-old as he vigorously touches his left elbow to his right knee, then meets his right elbow to his left knee. This jerky dance move is repeated again and again. To his right, exercise partner Chris Brown challenges Chance to pump his knees up a little bit higher. When the hip-hop song blaring from a nearby lap top computer stops, Chance collapses to the bed of grass beneath his feet. Right now, Chance isn’t interested in counting calories or heeding his doctor's recommendation of daily exercise. As evident by the grin sealed across his face, Chance is fixated... FULL STORY

UK Gill Heart Institute Announces New Director of Women’s Heart Health

Posted: 5/27/2015 - Tags: Women's Health, Cardiology
UK HealthCare's Gill Heart Institute has named Dr. Gretchen Wells as its new director of Women’s Heart Health. Wells comes from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she was most recently medical director of the Cardiac Care Unit and Inpatient Cardiology Services and directed the outpatient women’s cardiac program. She received her medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine, where she also completed a Ph.D. in medical genetics. Wells completed her residency and a clinical fellowship in cardiology at Wake Forest. Her interests include heart failure mechanisms in women, neurocardiology and noninvasive cardiology... FULL STORY

UK COM: Prominent Cornerstone in UK's Rich History and Provider of

Posted: 5/26/2015
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 18, 2015) — The University of Kentucky is currently celebrating 150 years as the state's flagship, land-grant institution of higher education.  From the early days as a school of agriculture to the vast campus that comprises UK today, the university has evolved into a nationally recognized leader in academics as well as a leader in patient care, medical education and research.  The dream of a state medical center at UK became a reality in the mid-1950s when then governor Albert B. Chandler made creating a world-class medical center and medical college a priority during his appointment in office in an effort to make better health... FULL STORY