UK College of Medicine-Bowling Green Prepping for Inaugural Class of 2018

Posted: 7/28/2017
This time next year, the inaugural class of medical students at the new University of Kentucky College of Medicine-Bowling Green Campus will be attending their very first course, kicking off an exciting new opportunity for future Kentucky clinicians.In June, officials broke ground on a new facility at The Medical Center in Bowling Green, which will be used for the satellite program. This four-year, regional campus medical school is the first of its kind in Kentucky and is a partnership between the University of Kentucky, The Medical Center at Bowling Green and Western Kentucky University.For students, the program in Bowling Green offers many benefits: scholarships;... FULL STORY
Tags: College of Medicine Bowling Green Campus, Medical Education, Students

Matthew Gentry: Biofuels, Epilepsy and Science Advocacy

Posted: 7/26/2017
By Vice President for Research Lisa Cassis ThursdayIn May, it was my distinct pleasure to present Matthew Gentry with a University Research Professorship award. He was one of 16 faculty, selected by their own colleges, who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship and creative work that addresses scientific, social, cultural and economic challenges in our region and around the world.Gentry, a professor of molecular and cellular biochemistry in the College of Medicine, has received an NSF Faculty Career Development Award, NIH Pathway to Independence Award, three U.S. patents, and a five-year, $8.5 million NIH grant to pursue a cure for Lafora disease, a deadly... FULL STORY
Tags: Research

Li Named Director of Office of Value and Innovation in Healthcare Delivery

Posted: 7/23/2017
Dr. Jing Li has been named associate director of the University of Kentucky Center for Health Services Research and the new director of the Office of Value and Innovation in Healthcare Delivery (OVIHD). Li graduated from Tianjin Medical University and completed residency training in anesthesiology and subsequent clinical research training at its hospital. In 2002, she completed a master's degree in computer and information sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Since arriving at UK in 2014, she has co-authored 11 peer-reviewed publications, collaborated on submission of $96.3 million in grant and contract proposals and currently is principal or co-... FULL STORY
Tags: Center for Health Services Research

Owensboro Health Joins UK Markey Research Network

Posted: 7/20/2017
Owensboro Health has joined the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Research Network (MCCRN).With this new relationship, patients in Western Kentucky and Southern Indiana will have easier access to innovative clinical research studies. Areas of research will include epidemiology, prevention and early detection of cancer. Markey Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, which will open up NCI-led trials in addition to MCCRN trials.“Owensboro Health is proud to join the Markey Cancer Center Research Network, which is a distinguished and recognized name in cancer care and clinical research,” said Owensboro Health President and CEO Greg... FULL STORY
Tags: Cancer, Markey Cancer Center

Physician-Pharmacist Teams Benefit Brain Health in Older Patients

Posted: 7/19/2017
New findings from University of Kentucky faculty published in Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy demonstrate the value of physician-pharmacist teams in providing elderly care.As people age, the number of prescribed medications tends to increase, raising the level of complexity for both patient care and medication therapy. In the United States, patients over 60 take an average of five different medications, many of which are prescribed by different physicians. This complexity often results in a higher probability of inappropriate drug prescriptions and side effects, including cognitive impairment.This is especially relevant for patients living with Alzheimer’s... FULL STORY
Tags: Research

The People Behind Our Research: "You Have to Follow the Science Where

Posted: 7/17/2017
A peek at Matthew Gentry's professional profile reveals a long list of honors and awards.A National Science Foundation Faculty Career Development Award.A National Institutes of Health Pathway to Independence Award.A University of Kentucky Research Professorship Award.Three U.S. Patents.A five-year, $8.5 million National Institutes of Health grant to pursue a cure for Lafora disease.Wait. Lafora disease? From a lab that also studies biofuels?"I began my career studying plant proteins and am now working on human diseases," Gentry says. "You have to be willing to go where the science takes you."In Gentry's case, the journey began when he found that a certain plant protein... FULL STORY
Tags: Research

Renay Scales, PhD Named Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Posted: 7/13/2017
Renay Scales, PhD, will serve as the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion. She will begin her new position at the College of Medicine in late August. Currently the Director of Faculty Development and Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Scales serves as the institutional representative for the national Empathy Project and works in tandem with leadership to develop programs and teach culturally conscious practices. She has provided consulting services to over 60 colleges and universities in the areas of strategic planning for social justice and inclusion, cultural competency,... FULL STORY
Tags: Diversity, Faculty

UK Center for Health Services Research Awarded $4.5 Million from CMS for

Posted: 7/10/2017
With a $4.5 million award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, researchers in the University of Kentucky Center for Health Services Research (CHSR)  have established the Kentucky Consortium for Accountable Health Communities (KC-AHC) to address the health-related social needs of vulnerable patients across the Commonwealth.Over the next five years, principal investigator and director of the CHSR, Dr. Mark V. Williams, along with co-principal investigator Dr. Jing Li, are partnering with the Kentucky Primary Care Association (KPCA), Appalachian Regional Health, Norton Health Care and Kentucky HomePlace... FULL STORY
Tags: Center for Health Services Research, Research

Head of Duke University’s Practice Plans Selected as UK’s Next EVPHA

Posted: 7/7/2017
University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto today announced that the leader of one of the country’s largest and most renowned academic physician practice plans will be UK’s new Executive Vice President for Health Affairs. He will begin his post at UK in October. Kentucky native Dr. Mark F. Newman is an anesthesiologist and currently serves as president of Private Diagnostic Clinic, the physician practice plan for Duke University’s Medical Center, a position he has held since 2014. Born and raised in Owensboro, and a veteran of the Air Force, Newman has been at Duke since 1992 and has held a variety of increasingly senior positions, including professor of... FULL STORY

CDAR Director Delivers Lecture Reserved for Pioneers in Drug Abuse Research

Posted: 6/19/2017
UK Center on Drug and Alcohol Research director Sharon Walsh will deliver the honorary Marian W. Fischman Lectureship during the College on Drug Dependence Annual Conference, June 17-22 in Montreal, Canada. Memorializing the late research pioneer Marian Fischman, the lectureship is bestowed to a woman scientist who has created transformative change in the field of drug abuse research. Fischman used controlled scientific experiments to test cocaine’s effect on humans, establishing scientific models for testing drug treatments to counteract the effects of drugs of abuse that are widely accepted in the field today. Walsh, who first came to know Fischman during a post-... FULL STORY
Tags: CDAR, Behavioral Science

UK HealthCare Hospitals Earn AHA Stroke Gold Plus Designation

Posted: 6/12/2017
The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recently honored UK HealthCare's Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (KNI) with the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Award. This achievement recognizes UK HealthCare’s commitment and success in adhering to the most current evidence-based stroke treatment guidelines for stroke patient care and outcomes. To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods. They must also... FULL STORY
Tags: Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, Neurology

Groundbreaking Held for UK College of Medicine - Bowling Green Campus

Posted: 6/6/2017
A groundbreaking ceremony for the University of Kentucky College of Medicine-Bowling Green Campus was held Tuesday, June 6 at The Medical Center at Bowling Green. This four-year, regional campus medical school is the first of its kind in Kentucky and is a partnership between The Medical Center, the University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University “Through this investment in education, we are continuing to increase access to quality health care — and ensuring that we have the physicians available to take care of generations to come,” said Connie Smith, president and chief executive officer of Med Center Health. "We have always had a commitment to bringing the... FULL STORY
Tags: Campus Expansion, College of Medicine Bowling Green Campus