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94 Year-Old Lexington Woman Gives Back as Research Volunteer

Posted: 12/19/2014

On Dec. 2, a very special group of people gathered to celebrate a very special gift.

"Participation in clinical trials is a truly noble act, and we consider the people who volunteer for research part of our family," says Dr. Gregory Jicha, a professor at the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. "So it's natural that we would gather at the holidays to share a little joy and thanksgiving."

Every year, the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has a party for patients who have volunteered to participate in research at the center. It's an annual highlight for patients and staff alike, who often form special bonds over the course of several years.

Geneva Pope is one example.

This 94 year old, "and 3 months," she chimes in, began participating in clinical trials at Sanders-Brown 14 years ago. "God wants me to help people, and this is one way I can," she explains.

The entire Sanders-Brown staff adores this self-proclaimed "busy person." She makes them bourbon balls -- she's already made 300 this year -- and has "family" photos taken with Dr. Jicha. She has convinced several of her friends to participate as well.

"Geneva has the smallest family -- and the largest family -- of anyone I know," Jicha says. "While she has no... FULL STORY

Tags: Research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Clinical Trials

UK Family Doctor Gives Back, Stays Grounded through Music

Posted: 12/18/2014
On the morning of Dec. 16, Dr. Shannon Voogt warmed up her classically trained opera voice before coming to work at UK HealthCare. At 11 a.m., she applied resin to the bow of her violin in the Pavilion A lobby of the UK Chandler Hospital. Moments later, an audience of patients, employees and hospital visitors circled around the atrium lobby as Voogt, a soprano, showed off her vocal range performing "O... FULL STORY
Tags: Faculty, Family and Community Medicine

UK Alum Among Ebola Fighters Named Time Magazine's Person of

Posted: 12/16/2014
University of Kentucky graduate Mosoka Fallah is among the Ebola fighters in West Africa that has been named Time Magazine's Person of the Year. A native of Liberia, Fallah received his bachelor's degree in his home country and a master's degree from Kent State University in the United States. He studied at the University of Kentucky from 2005 to 2011, obtaining his doctorate in microbiology,... FULL STORY

'UK at the Half' Reports on $7 Million Grant to Fight Lung Cancer

Posted: 12/8/2014 - Tags: Behavioral Science, Lung Cancer, Research
University of Kentucky College of Medicine faculty member in behavioral science and Director of the Kentucky LEADS Collaborative Dr. Jamie Studts was featured during the "UK at the Half" that aired during the UK vs. Providence College basketball game, broadcast on the radio Nov. 30. The Kentucky LEADS Collaborative received a three-year, $7 million grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation's Bridging Cancer Care Initiative. Kentucky has more cases of lung cancer than any other state and its lung cancer mortality rate is 50 percent higher than the national average. The collaborative includes the UK Markey Cancer Center, The University of Louisville's James Graham... FULL STORY

UK HealthCare to Open New Inpatient Cardiovascular Unit

Posted: 12/1/2014 - Tags: UK HealthCare, Chandler Medical Center
Today marks the unveiling of UK HealthCare's new Cardiovascular Inpatient Unit. The 64-bed inpatient unit, on the 8th floor of the Albert B. Chandler Hospital's new Pavilion A, is one of the largest cardiovascular intensive care units in the country. The unit will open to patients Dec. 7. The unit has many features for the safety and comfort of patients and staff, including: The CATwalkers program, which will continue the unit's longterm policy to ambulate every cardiac patient at least once a day, regardless of their diagnosis/treatment. A Central Monitoring Services station embedded on the floor. As part of the UK Arts in HealthCare program, equine-themed... FULL STORY

UK Physiologist Leads Team that Identifies Receptors Activated by Odors

Posted: 11/26/2014 - Tags: Research, Physiology
A group of physiologists led by University of Kentucky’s Tim McClintock have identified the receptors activated by two odors using a new method that tracks responses to smells in live mice. Their research was published in the latest edition of The Journal of Neuroscience. Using a fluorescent protein to mark nerve cells activated by odors, McClintock and his colleagues identified receptors that allow mouse nerve cells to respond to two odors: eugenol, which is a component of several spices, most notably cloves, and muscone, known as musk. "This new method could help us understand how these receptors allow mice, and eventually humans, to detect and... FULL STORY

Harmonica-Playing Surgeon Nationally Recognized for Advocating Music

Posted: 11/25/2014 - Tags: Surgery, Music Therapy
When presented with a national award for his contributions to music therapy, Dr. Jay Zwischenberger showed his appreciation with a felicitous expression of music. He concluded a short acceptance speech at the American Music Therapy Association's (AMTA) annual conference with an impromptu performance of Old Joe Clark on his harmonica. "I'm going to express my gratitude in the only way I know how to connect with these people," he said, dedicating the tune to the members of UK HealthCare music therapy program. Zwischenberger, chair of the Department of Surgery for UK HealthCare, accepted the AMTA's Music Therapy Advocate Award at the association's annual conference... FULL STORY

Markesbery Symposium Presents Latest Research on Aging and Dementia

Posted: 11/25/2014 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Alzheimer's research, Research
More than 450 scientists, researchers and laypeople converged on Lexington last week for the fourth annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia, hosted by the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. The two-day program offered sessions for both scientific and community audiences to share current findings, trends and the latest updates on dementia and aging disorders, particularly Alzheimer's disease. The scientific session and poster presentations were held on Friday, Nov. 21, at the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital. This session featured speakers William E. Van Nostrand, Ph.D., of Stony Brook University, and Dr. Steven M. Greenberg of... FULL STORY

'Three Minute Thesis' Prepares Students to Present Research

Posted: 11/21/2014 - Tags: Research
Four students seeking their master's degrees and five students doctoral programs competed last week in an event designed to prepare them for presenting research. The "Three Minute Thesis" event, hosted by the UK Graduate School and the Graduate Student Congress, is a research communication initiative requiring graduate students to speak succinctly and engagingly about their current research to a nonspecialist audience. It provides students with the opportunity to practice presenting their work, and to receive feedback from a panel of judges. A preliminary competition took place during the previous week, culminating with a final competition Tuesday, Nov. 11.... FULL STORY

HIV/AIDS Drugs Could Be Repurposed to Treat Age-Related Macular

Posted: 11/20/2014 - Tags: Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Research
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

Kentucky Surgeon is American College of Surgeons President-Elect

Posted: 11/19/2014 - Tags: Alumni
Dr. J. David Richardson, a 1970 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, was elected president-elect of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) last month during the College’s Annual Business Meeting that was held during its 2014 Clinical Congress in San Francisco, Calif. Richardson is currently professor of surgery and vice chair of the Department of Surgery at University of Louisville School of Medicine. He also completed a surgery internship and worked as a junior assistant resident at UK. The American College of Surgeons, with a membership of 78,000 surgeons, is the world’s largest and most prestigious Surgical Organization. Its membership... FULL STORY

Dr. H. David Wilson receives Distinguished Service Award

Posted: 11/18/2014 - Tags: Awards and Recognition, Medical Education
Dr. H. David Wilson receives the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges from Dr. Darrell Kirch,, President... FULL STORY

Kentucky Rural Health Leader Receives National Award

Posted: 11/17/2014 - Tags: Rural Health, Center of Excellence in Rural Health
Ernie Scott, director of the Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH), has received the 2014 Emerging Leader Award from the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH). Scott received his award at a ceremony Oct. 28 during the organization’s annual conference in Omaha, Nebraska. NOSORH serves as an influential voice for rural health concerns and promotes a healthy rural America through state and community leadership. NOSORH leads National Rural Health Day efforts on Nov. 20 to recognize rural communities as wonderful places to live and work in addition to their unique health care needs. The organization presents its Emerging Leader Award... FULL STORY

Hahn, Mays and Talbert Named Associate Directors for UK Center for Health

Posted: 11/17/2014 - Tags: Center for Health Services Research
Three University of Kentucky faculty members have been selected as associate directors to help lead the UK Center for Health Services Research (CHSR), said Dr. Mark V. Williams, director of the center which is focused on creating, testing and scaling next-generation solutions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care delivery and the overall health of people within Kentucky and beyond. Ellen Hahn, the Marcia A. Drake Endowed Professor in the College of Nursing, Glen Mays, the Scutchfield Endowed Professor in Health Services and Systems Research in the UK College of Public Health, and Jeffrey Talbert, professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice... FULL STORY

UK Behavioral Researcher Conducts Attorney General's State Domestic

Posted: 11/17/2014 - Tags: Behavioral Science
When cases of intimate partner domestic violence appear in national news, University of Kentucky behavioral researcher TK Logan said she often hears the question, "Why don't women leave?" Logan, who studies violence against women and the prevention of intimate partner violence, said the better question is, "Why doesn't he leave her alone?" In many cases, victims of intimate partner domestic violence are bound by circumstances that make walking away impossible. And, if they do walk away, they often endure threats, stalking and harassment by their abusive partner. Logan recently collaborated with Commonwealth Attorney General Jack Conway's Office of Victim's... FULL STORY
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