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NIH Awards Prestigious "Pathway to Independence Award"

Posted: 7/31/2014

Prabhakara R Nagareddy, a scientist with the Saha Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of Kentucky, has received a prestigious K99/R00 award from the National Institutes of Health.

Also known as the Pathway to Independence (PI) Award, this grant provides two years of mentored postdoctoral support followed by three years of independent support. It is designed to fast-track promising young scientists to a more permanent research position with independent NIH or other research support.

PI candidates have an impressive record of research productivity and publications, and have identified a unique research direction to pursue after the mentored phase of the award.

"This award is highly competitive and positions the awardee for a faculty appointment in two years," said Dr. Susan Smyth, director of the Gill Heart Institute, and Nagareddy's mentor. "We are extremely pleased for Prabhakara. His recent publication in Cell Metabolism reports a breakthrough in the field that may have significant ramifications for preventing heart disease associated with obesity."

Nagareddy's grant, from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH, totals approximately $925,000 over five years. The grant will underwrite research on the molecular... FULL STORY

Tags: Saha Cardiovascular Research Center, Cardiovascular Medicine, Awards and Recognition
 

UK Psychologist Creating Online Tool to Help Patients Navigate

Posted: 7/30/2014
The phrase "we caught it early" is possibly the best news a patient can hear in the midst of a cancer diagnosis. Combating cancer in its earliest stages, when the disease is localized to a certain part of the body, gives patients the best chances of survival. Screenings for breast, skin, colon, prostate and other forms of cancer are touted for saving lives through early detection. Many health care... FULL STORY
Tags: Behavioral Science, Early detection of lung cancer
 

UK Chair of Neuroscience Inducted as President-Elect of National

Posted: 7/29/2014
University of Kentucky Endowed Chair of Neuroscience Dr. Diane Snow was recently elected by her colleagues to serve as president-elect of the National Neurotrauma Society (NNS). With this appointment, Snow will hold the position of president in 2015-2016. Since joining the NNS in 2003, Snow has championed women's contributions to neurotrauma research and mentorship opportunities for young members of... FULL STORY
Tags: Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, Faculty
 

Gill Heart Institute Physician Receives National Excellence in Teaching

Posted: 7/29/2014 - Tags: Teaching, Faculty, Awards and Recognition, Gill Heart Institute
Dr. Mikel Smith, the Alberto Mazzoleni Professor of Cardiology and the director of echocardiography at the Gill Heart Institute, has been given the American Society of Echocardiography's 2014 Richard Popp Excellence in Teaching Award. The award recognizes an outstanding teacher who epitomizes the ideal qualities of a mentor and role model. According to Dr. Vincent Sorrell, director of advanced cardiovascular imaging at the Gill Heart Institute, the Popp Award is particularly meaningful because the awardee must be nominated by one of his or her students or peers. "Mike represents the Popp Award ideal in that he is an extraordinarily gifted teacher and an... FULL STORY

UK Doctor Competing in Triathlon to Benefit His Cancer Patients

Posted: 7/28/2014 - Tags: Faculty, Markey Cancer Center
The Louisville Ironman – a triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile swim in the Ohio River, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run – is a competition that would test even the toughest of wills. But for University of Kentucky radiation oncologist Dr. Jonathan Feddock, the competition is about more than achieving a personal goal – Feddock, an accomplished triathlete, is using his athletic talents to help provide better care for the cancer patients he treats. When he competes in the Aug. 24 Ironman, he'll be doing so to raise money to pay for renovations and updates to the brachytherapy program at the UK Markey Cancer Center. Brachytherapy is a specific form of... FULL STORY

Yasuma Receives Fight for Sight Postdoctoral Research Award

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

New Technology Helps Gill Heart Institute Physicians Unmask Artifacts Left

Posted: 7/25/2014 - Tags: Gill Heart Institute, Cadiovascular
Most people hear the word "artifact" and think of amazing items found by archeologistsat a dig -- objects that shed light on bygone cultures. For Dr. Vincent Sorrell, and his colleagues on the Gill Heart Institute's Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging team, the thought of artifacts means a challenge but one they have worked to overcome. "In the imaging world, an artifact corrupts our ability to see and makes it harder, if not impossible, to diagnose a patient properly," explains Sorrell.  "And in the world of cardiac imaging, artifacts make a challenging job even more challenging." Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a unique diagnostic tool that, unlike CAT scans or... FULL STORY

Pediatric Residents Join Global Movement to Teach Life-Saving

Posted: 7/23/2014 - Tags: Pediatrics, Students, Residents
University of Kentucky medical residents, fellows and faculty members packed into a classroom next to the medical center library on July 16 to practice fundamental newborn resuscitation maneuvers on baby mannequins. The Helping Babies Breathe training didn't teach these pediatric professionals anything new — they were all familiar with the process of drying, suctioning and ventilating a newborn with breathing problems. The purpose of the session was to take doctors through a step-by-step curriculum so they could become effective teachers of life-saving newborn resuscitation skills. With these afterhours training sessions, the number of health professionals... FULL STORY

Sanders-Brown Research Presentation Garners Hirano Prize

Posted: 7/22/2014 - Tags: Research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Awards and Recognition
Dr. Peter T. Nelson of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) at the University of Kentucky, and David Fardo of UK's Department of Biostatistics, have been awarded the 2014 Asao Hirano Prize from the American Association of Neuropathologists (AANP) for the best paper presented on neurodegenerative diseases at its annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, last month. The team's research, titled "Hippocampal Sclerosis of Aging (HS-A): Connecting Genomics and Other Risk Factor Data," compared 363 persons with autopsy-proven HS-A to a control group of 2,303 other individuals in an attempt to identify genetic predisposition to HS-A in what's called a genome-wide association... FULL STORY

New UK Study Helps Scientists Understand Melanoma Development

Posted: 7/15/2014 - Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Research, Clinical, Melanoma
A new study by University of Kentucky researchers shows how a genetic defect in a specific hormonal pathway may make people more susceptible to developing melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. Fair-skinned people who tend to burn (rather than tan) from sun exposure have a much higher risk for melanoma than darker-skinned people. On the surface, it appears that the amount of melanin, the natural substance in the skin that determines pigment and acts as the skin's "natural sunscreen," would be the only determinant of melanoma risk. However, the truth is more complicated. Published in Molecular Cell, the study looked at the role of the melanocortin1 receptor... FULL STORY

Three Researchers from the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Awarded Bright

Posted: 7/14/2014 - Tags: Research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Alzheimer's research
The Bright Focus Foundation has announced that three different researchers from the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky have received Bright Focus grants for 2014. Professor Steve Estus and associate professors Harry LeVine and Paul Murphy were each recognized for their work on Alzheimer's disease. "Only 25 Bright Focus grants are awarded worldwide each year, so it's an achievement to get one. But three Bright Focus grants in a single year is truly exceptional," said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK HealthCare's executive vice president of health affairs. "These awards are an appropriate reflection of Sanders-Brown's international reputation for... FULL STORY

One Year After NCI Designation, Markey Continues to Grow

Posted: 7/11/2014 - Tags: Markey Cancer Center
A year ago, a crowd of hundreds gathered in Pavilion A of the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital to celebrate a long-awaited special announcement – the unveiling of the UK Markey Cancer Center as the state's first and only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center. The designation was the culmination of years of tireless work by the faculty and staff of Markey and its supporting service lines and colleges – all guided by Director Dr. Mark Evers, who came to UK in 2009 with the vision of propelling Markey to NCI designation. "Even before earning the NCI designation, we'd already taken extraordinary steps in the past few years in terms of combating... FULL STORY

Russian Cardiologist Finds Opportunity at Gill Heart Institute

Posted: 7/9/2014 - Tags: Gill Heart Institute, Faculty
In the mid-1990's, Dr. Maya Guglin was a cardiologist in Volgograd, Russia. "I was working in a 1,000-bed university hospital treating critically ill patients in the critical care unit (CCU)," Guglin says. "I had some terrific teachers and wonderful colleagues. But I felt as if something were missing…..that there were opportunities to expand my knowledge and experience that I couldn't get in my home country." Today, Guglin has a very different professional life.  As director of the Mechanical Assisted Circulation Program at the Gill Heart Institute, she oversees the care of patients with heart failure. "Contrary to how it sounds, heart failure is actually a... FULL STORY

Alzheimer's With Cerebrovascular Disease Compounds Cognitive Decline

Posted: 7/8/2014 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Research
Researchers from the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky have been able to confirm anecdotal information on patients with both Alzheimer's disease (AD) and cerebrovascular disease (CVD) using mouse models in two different studies. The findings of these two studies, which were recently published in Acta Neuropathologica and Alzheimer's Research... FULL STORY

Guo Lab Reports Finding of Revolution Biomotors in Many Bacteria and

Posted: 6/30/2014 - Tags: Research, Biomedical
Scientists at the University of Kentucky, led by nano-biotechnologist Peixuan Guo, have made some critical discoveries over the past year into the operation of biomotors, the molecular machines used by viruses and bacteria in the packaging of DNA. Biomotors function similarly to mechanical motors but on a nano-scale. Last year, Guo's team reported the discovery of a new, third class of biomotor, unique in that it uses a "revolution without rotation" mechanism. Rotation is the turning of an object around its own axle, as the Earth does every 24 hours. Revolution is the turning of an object around a second object, as the Earth does around the sun. Recently, Guo's... FULL STORY
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