UK Faculty Receive Funding to Develop Responses to Opioid Injection

Posted: 12/1/2016 - Tags: Research, Behavioral Science, Appalachian Kentucky
Two faculty members from the University of Kentucky have received three of four funded awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop responses to the opioid injection epidemic that can be implemented by public health systems in rural communities. Carrie Oser, an associate professor of sociology in the UK College of Arts... FULL STORY

UK Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Helps Young Athlete Regain

Posted: 11/30/2016
Adam Stickney has lived almost the entire 22 years of his life on the ice with a hockey stick in his hands. The self-described “adrenalin junkie” has always loved sports and says that anything that gets his heart racing is what makes him happy. Stickney’s mother, Nieshia Stickney, says her son has always loved to skate. “Adam was the kind of kid who couldn’t keep still. He has always been very advanced in his abilities to do things and he learned quickly,” she said. “He got his first pair of skates at age 5 when I enrolled him in roller hockey. Growing up, he spent most of his days and nights playing hockey and he was really good at it.” He was so good, in fact,... FULL STORY

Clinging to Life, Markey Patient Saved by Clinical Trial

Posted: 11/22/2016 - Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Clinical Trials
Serotonin is commonly known as the "feel-good" chemical, a neurotransmitter in the brain that plays a large role in elevating a person's mood. But for 68-year-old Kentucky native Geri McDowell, it's the hormone that nearly took her life. In 2003, McDowell pursued medical help out of state after experiencing a prolonged gastrointestinal illness that her local doctors couldn't explain. Her ultimate diagnosis: neuroendocrine cancer in her GI tract. Neuroendocrine tumors are relatively rare, afflicting roughly 8,000 Americans a year. The neuroendocrine system comprises cells from both the nervous system and endocrine system, and this system regulates the... FULL STORY

Spinal Cord Injury Research with the Gensel Lab

Posted: 11/16/2016 - Tags: scobirc, Spinal Cord
John Gensel, an assistant professor in the physiology department and the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center, and two members of his lab team—Bei Zhang and Taylor Otto—are featured in this podcast.Taylor Otto, an undergraduate lab assistant in Gensel’s lab, described UK as being the full package. “We have it all here. It’s a good program to be able to come into, not really knowing what you want to exactly do in the science field, but being able to figure it out at the same time,” said Otto.Bei Zhang, a research scientist, said that working with Gensel has motivated her to do the best science she can. “If we can work at our research project every day in... FULL STORY

Behind the Blue: Conversation With College of Medicine Dean DiPaola

Posted: 11/16/2016 - Tags: Dean
In the spring of 2016, the University of Kentucky hired Dr. Robert DiPaola as the new dean for the UK College of Medicine. He had previously been the director of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and vice chancellor for cancer programs at the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Center.At Rutgers, DiPaola was responsible for all research, clinical and administrative activities of a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and led the successful renewal of their NCI designation in 2011. During his tenure there, he oversaw an increase in external research funding to more than $100 million annually.DiPaola now takes over a... FULL STORY

UK Goes Purple to Support Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Posted: 11/15/2016 - Tags: Alzheimer's research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
To celebrate the lives of those affected by Alzheimer's disease and to honor their caregivers, a purple light will glow at 13 locations on the University of Kentucky campus beginning Tuesday, Nov. 15. "Going Purple" will continue through Friday, Nov. 18. The promotion is a joint effort of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) and Elder Care at UK to promote Alzheimer's Awareness Month. Memorial Hall, Gatton College, Main Administration Building, W.T. Young Library and all the residence halls will be lit. "We are thrilled that UK is bringing attention to Alzheimer's disease and dementia by turning the campus purple this week," said Donna Wilcock, PhD, an... FULL STORY

Expanding Precision Medicine Options, Markey Launches Molecular Tumor Board

Posted: 11/15/2016 - Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Pathology
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center recently launched its own Molecular Tumor Board, an approach to cancer care that uses genetic analysis to help oncologists choose cancer therapies tailored to each patient's individual needs. The Molecular Tumor Board is the latest precision medicine initiative to come online at Markey. “Oncology is now more genetic-based, whereas before it was based upon tumor types,” said Dr. Mark Evers, director of the UK Markey Cancer Center. “Through understanding the genetic makeup of our patients and their tumors, we can then help to direct their therapy.” The Molecular Tumor Board is co-directed by clinical pharmacologist Jill... FULL STORY

Gill Patient Takes Control of His Health, Joins Clinical Trial

Posted: 11/14/2016 - Tags: Gill Heart Institute, Clinical, Clinical Trials
 Sixty-three-year old Tom Wall had had enough.His high blood pressure had persisted for more than 20 years.  His diabetes was worsening.  He'd gone from a prescription of just one drug, to two, then to three, and finally four. He'd taken early retirement from his job as a bank equipment repairman because he had trouble climbing into his van. Then, when he had trouble getting to his beloved garden at his farm in Nicholasville, he decided to take control."The garden is down the hill from the house, and I couldn't get down there unless I rode my tractor," Wall said. "I have a five-year-old granddaughter, Avery, and I love to spend time with her.""I know... FULL STORY

UK Researcher Accepts KPA Psychologist of the Year Honor

Posted: 11/10/2016 - Tags: Awards and Recognition, Behavioral Science
The Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA) named University of Kentucky psychologist and drug disorder researcher William Stoops the 2016 Psychologist of the Year during a conference on Nov. 3. The KPA annually recognizes a psychologist with outstanding service to the field and the community. An associate professor in the Department of Behavioral Science, Stoops examines the behavioral and pharmacological factors contributing to drug use disorders in the human laboratory. His research aims to develop models for behavioral and pharmacological interventions, with a focus on stimulant use disorders and cocaine addiction. He also serves as the UK Center for Clinical and... FULL STORY

Markesbery Symposium Focuses on Healthy Brain Aging, Care for Caregivers

Posted: 11/9/2016 - Tags: Research, Aging
University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) hosted its sixth annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia last week with speakers focused on brain health and self-care for caregivers. The two-day program offered sessions for both scientific and community audiences. On Friday, Nov. 4, the scientific session in the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A auditorium featured speakers Dr. Gary Small of UCLA and Dr. Julie Schneider of Rush University, who presented their latest findings and answered questions from the audience. Schneider provided an overview of her observations that, there are brain changes in addition to the well-characterized... FULL STORY

Gill Heart Institute Cardiovascular Research Day Presents Scientific

Posted: 11/7/2016 - Tags: Gill Heart Institute, Research
Clinicians and basic scientists convened to discuss challenges, triumphs and future directions in cardiovascular disease research during the 19th Annual Gill Heart Institute Cardiovascular Research Day on Nov. 4. Hosted by the UK Gill Heart Institute, the annual research day showcased scientific advancement in understanding and treating the various diseases of the blood vessels and heart. Topics presented at the conference ranged from identifying genomic markers correlated with heart disease to urging members of the public to put CPR training to action during an emergency. Burgeoning scientists and trainees throughout the region were provided the opportunity to... FULL STORY

UK Researcher Highlighted by National Cancer Institute

Posted: 11/4/2016 - Tags: Research, Behavioral Science
University of Kentucky Researcher Nancy Schoenberg is currently a featured partner on the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) website for her work with Faith Moves Mountains. Schoenberg, associate dean of research for the UK College of Public Health and professor in the UK College of Medicine, founded Faith Moves Mountains in 2004. The program is a community-based intervention to help decrease cervical cancer rates for women in the Appalachian region by building relationships with local churches within Appalachian communities. Schoenberg's accomplishments include interventions at over 30 churches. Health advocates have conducted follow-up contact with more than 400... FULL STORY