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UK’s Collaborative Research Environment

Posted: 4/28/2016

As Vice President for Research, I am frequently asked, “What is it like to be a researcher at UK?” Well, to be honest, I have only known one research environment as a faculty member performing academic research for the past 27 years, and that environment is UK. While this might be construed as making me shortsighted, I believe that one of the primary reasons I have remained at UK throughout my academic career is the collaborative nature of research. 

Nowhere that I have visited, or been recruited to, has the team-based approach to research that I have experienced at UK. I even like to think that I have contributed to that collaborative research environment, through interaction with programs including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE), NIH Superfund Basic Science Research Program, and by serving as director of a multidisciplinary graduate and research center focused on nutritional sciences for 10 years.

Each of these programs includes students, postdoctoral fellows, staff and faculty across department and college boundaries that come together to target an area of research. The power of their interdisciplinary approach is evident in grants and contracts, honors and awards, scholarly publications and... FULL STORY

Tags: Research

Steltenkamp to be Honored As One of the Most Powerful Women in

Posted: 4/27/2016
Health Data Management, the information resource for medical and information technology (IT) professionals, executives and administrators, is honoring 75 of the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT, which includes Dr. Carol Steltenkamp, professor of pediatrics at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and chief medical information officer... FULL STORY
Tags: Faculty, Awards and Recognition, Pediatric

Goldstein Drafts Editorial on Carotid Artery Screening for JAMA

Posted: 4/26/2016
An editorial by University of Kentucky’s Dr. Larry Goldstein concerning the use of screening tests to detect narrowing of the carotid artery was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine last week. With more than 35 years of practice, Goldstein is the chair of the Department of Neurology at the UK... FULL STORY
Tags: Neurology, Faculty, KNI

UK Anesthesiologist to Co-Chair International Conference on Opioids

Posted: 4/25/2016 - Tags: Anesthesiology
The fifth annual International Conference on Opioids, founded by Dr. Paul Sloan, professor and vice chair of research in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, will be June 5 - 7 at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston. "Opioids: The New Normal, The Future of Opioid Prescription," is an intensive three day program led by world renowned specialists and is designed to inform primary care physicians, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, pain specialists, pharmacists and other opioid prescribers in the uses, abuses and legal ramifications of opioid analgesics. "We will present... FULL STORY

De Hoyos Joins Thoracic Oncology Team at Markey

Posted: 4/21/2016 - Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Faculty, Clinical
Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Alberto de Hoyos has joined the thoracic oncology team at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center. De Hoyos’s clinical interests include treatment of lung and esophageal cancers, neuroendocrine tumors and mediastienal tumors, with specialties including minimally invasive and robotic surgery. De Hoyos earned his medical degree from the Universidat Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico. He then completed his residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago. De Hoyos completed a fellowship in minimally invasive thoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center, a pulmonary fellowship... FULL STORY

Two UK Faculty Help Draft Policy Statement for the American Heart

Posted: 4/21/2016 - Tags: American Heart Association, Cardiovascular
University of Kentucky’s Dr. Larry Goldstein and Donna Arnett, Ph.D., took part in drafting a policy statement that was published in the American Heart Association’s (AHA) flagship journal Circulation this month. The statement was intended to provide a thorough review of the scientific underpinnings of the AHA’s public advocacy strategies as they pertain to the association's 2020 Strategic Impact Goals, which target a 10-year 20 percent improvement in the cardiovascular health of all Americans and a 20 percent reduction in deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke. "Our goal was to assist the AHA in determining how well the best available science aligns with... FULL STORY

How Medical Students Learn in Swaziland

Posted: 4/15/2016 - Tags: Medical Education, Students
The Community Faculty Program at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine hosted its 22nd Annual Community Faculty Conference for community faculty, campus faculty colleagues, administration, professional staff and regional Area Health Education Center (AHEC) staff April 8-9. But some people may be surprised by the distance some community faculty travel for the conference and the chance to meet their UK colleagues in person. Dr. Pawelos Beshah from Swaziland, a small landlocked African nation, attends the conference each year. Beshah serves as a preceptor in the physician assistant program and volunteers to provide medical education to third- and fourth-year... FULL STORY

Markey Receives Funding to Improve Community Cancer Education in Eastern

Posted: 4/14/2016 - Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Research
University of Kentucky researchers Robin Vanderpool and Mark Dignan are leading projects funded by the National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities to continue Markey Cancer Center’s community-based efforts aimed at reducing cancer rates in Appalachia. Both programs are funded for three years. Appalachian regions, particularly in Eastern Kentucky, have disproportionately high rates of both incidence and mortality due to cancer when compared to other regions in the United States. Poverty, lack of access to health care, poor diet, tobacco use, and lack of exercise conspire together to produce high rates of preventable cancers in Appalachia... FULL STORY

Family Impacted by UK's Sanders-Brown Hopes to be Part of Alzheimer

Posted: 4/8/2016 - Tags: Alzheimer's research, Research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
Nearly 68,000 Kentuckians today are suffering from Alzheimer's disease, but the emotional and financial tolls are much higher. That's because, in the words of Linda Van Eldik, Alzheimer's is a "family disease.""Alzheimer's affects the patient, of course, but as the disease progresses, it is also devastating for the people who love and care for that patient," said Van Eldik, director of the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.While a diagnosis of Alzheimer's or other age-related dementias brings an incredible amount of uncertainty to patients and their families, there is a valuable resource at the University of Kentucky providing information, support and... FULL STORY

UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Excels at Recent National Conference

Posted: 4/5/2016 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Research
Two researchers from the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging won awards at the National Charleston Conference on Alzheimer's Disease (CCAD) earlier this month. Ai-Ling Lin, Ph.D., and Jose Abisambra, Ph.D., were two of 15 researchers selected from high-caliber institutions such as Harvard, Mount Sinai and New York University to attend the conference based on the quality and originality of their research. Of the four awards presented, Sanders-Brown researchers were awarded two. Lin was one of three recipients who received the $50,000 New Vision Award. She will use the award money to further her research into the effects of diet on healthy... FULL STORY

UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health Hosts Academic Advising Summit

Posted: 4/5/2016 - Tags: Rural Health, Center of Excellence in Rural Health
The University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH) Student Services Office held an Academic Advising Summit on March 4 in Hazard. The summit was attended by advisors, administrators, and counselors from several Kentucky Community and Technical College System campuses and the University Center of the Mountains. The interactive summit, which also included a student panel, focused on opportunities for successful transfer of students into bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs available at UK’s Hazard campus. The advising summit included a tour of UK’s Hazard campus, where more than 900 students have earned health care degrees since the UK CERH... FULL STORY

Match Day Results Change the Lives of UK Medical Students

Posted: 3/25/2016 - Tags: Match Day, Student Affairs
For medical students, there is one day a year that means as much, and might be as stressful, as all the exams and studying. After four years of medical school, and numerous interviews, medical students find out where they will spend the next years of their lives in residency programs. Match Day is a culmination of the hard work and dreams of students on the path to becoming doctors. On Friday, March 18 UK's fourth-year medical students gathered with family and friends at the Keene Barn at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington. At noon, students began making their way one by one to the stage to reveal where they “matched" and will be spending the next few years... FULL STORY

Colleagues in Liver Disease Research, and in Life

Posted: 3/25/2016 - Tags: Microbiology, Immunology, Faculty
When you ask Brett Spear about what he most admires in his wife and colleague, Martha Peterson, a smile instantly appears on his face. The pair, both professors in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Department ofMicrobiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, has been married for 32 years and has two sons. Yet, because they have different last names, not everyone on campus recognizes their connection.  “When I meet people on campus, and they talk about how, ‘oh I just love Dr. Peterson,’ or ‘Martha's great, I was on a committee with her,’ and they'll say this and they don’t know I'm her husband,” Spear said. “So it's really fun... FULL STORY

UK College of Medicine Hosts Annual Sue Fosson Spring Humanities Festival

Posted: 3/21/2016 - Tags: Medical Education, Humanities, Student Affairs
Students, staff, faculty and friends are invited to attend the Sue Fosson Spring Humanities Festival: A Celebration of the Arts. The event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., March 23 in the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts. Faculty and staff from across the UK HealthCare clinical enterprise and the health professions colleges, including students from the College of Medicine and the College of Pharmacy, will be performing. There will be music, dancing, poetry reading, and even magic. It will be an evening full of wonderful entertainment. Admission to the event is free and a reception will follow the performance. The Humanities Festival... FULL STORY

UK HealthCare's Christopher Doty Recognized for Resident Education

Posted: 3/15/2016 - Tags: Emergency Medicine, Awards and Recognition
UK HealthCare's Dr. Christopher Doty was awarded the Joe Lex Educator Award by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) at the 22nd annual Scientific Assembly. The Joe Lex Educator of the Year Award is named after long-time emergency medicine educator, Dr. Joe Lex, recognizing an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to AAEM through work on educational programs. Doty, vice chair and residency director in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Kentucky, was recognized for his outstanding contributions to AAEM through his work in educational programs and serving as the co-chair of the planning committee, contributing to the... FULL STORY