Markey Cancer Center Announces 2017 Research Day

Posted: 2/21/2017
Discover the latest advances in cancer research by submitting your abstracts and attending Markey Cancer Center Research Day on May 17, 2017.   For the eighth consecutive year, the Singletary Center for the Arts will play host to Markey’s daylong event that showcases the work of cancer researchers from all disciplines at the University of Kentucky.  If you have notable work to share, we want to see it displayed during our poster sessions.  Tony Hunter, PhD, The Salk Institute’s American Cancer Society Professor, Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory and Renato Dulbecco Chair, will present the Susan B. Lester Memorial Lecture. Markey... FULL STORY

UK's New Institute for Biomedical Informatics Advances Data-Enabled

Posted: 2/20/2017
In the modern era of electronic medical records and increasingly sophisticated care, one of the greatest opportunities for health innovation and medical discoveries lies not in a lab or a clinic, but in data.The progressively routine acquisition of many types of data in health care has created numerous opportunities, as well as challenges, in the analysis and interpretation of this data. The emerging academic discipline of data science — which covers the entire lifecycle of data collection, curation, annotation, provenance, integration, exploration, sharing, secondary use and bioinformatics analytics — has the potential to enable great advances in health... FULL STORY

Parkinson's disease research and treatment with Dr. Craig van Horne

Posted: 2/20/2017 - Tags: Parkinson's disease, Research
Parkinson’s disease is a long-term, progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. An estimated seven to 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s. The symptoms for the disease usually develop slowly over time, and among the obvious are shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement, and difficulty in walking. Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson’s, though there are medications that can slow the progression of symptoms.Dr. Craig van Horne is an associate professor of neurosurgery with UK HealthCare. He focuses his research on cellular and surgical therapies for Parkinson’s disease.Deep Brain Stimulation, or DBS, is a surgical procedure... FULL STORY

Gretchen Wells Talks Hearts, Books & Kentucky Women

Posted: 2/13/2017 - Tags: Gill Heart Institute
Dr. Gretchen Wells writes a lot of prescriptions and orders a lot of tests. But she says the most rewarding thing she dispenses is hope.As director of Women's Heart Heath at UK HealthCare's Gill Heart Institute, Wells is tasked with helping Kentucky women enjoy longer, fuller lives with healthy hearts.Prevention is a key part of that goal, especially in Kentucky where the mortality rate from heart disease is among the nation's highest. But Wells says there is so much more to tackle:The biology of heart disease is different in men and women, and so new ways of detection and treatment need to be explored to address those differences.More women are... FULL STORY

Behind the Blue Examines Women's Heart Health With Dr. Gretchen Wells

Posted: 2/10/2017 - Tags: Research, Gill Heart Institute
February is American Heart Health Month, and this past Feb. 3 marked the 14th annual National Wear Red Day for Women. It’s a day designed to call our attention to recognizing heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women in this country, and to raise awareness of women’s overall heart health.According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, and in 2013 was responsible for about one in four female deaths. It’s generally thought of as a “man’s disease,” but heart disease affects genders equally in the U.S., and only 54 percent of women recognize that it is their No. 1... FULL STORY

'Gill Goes Red' Shares Treats and Tips in Celebration of Heart

Posted: 2/7/2017 - Tags: Gill Heart Institute, Heart Awareness
Kate Breeden closed her eyes as she took a bite, trying to concentrate on the flavors of the food she was sampling. "Well, it's definitely a brownie," she said, "but I have no idea what the mystery ingredient is. Maybe carob instead of chocolate, or dates? But I'm not 100 percent sure to be honest." Breeden was among dozens of women – and a few men – gathered on Feb. 3 to launch Heart Month at UK with "Gill Goes Red." The celebration of women's heart health in the hospital's Pavilion A atrium featured giveaways, prizes and simple tips and substitutions to make your diet more heart-healthy. But the most popular attraction? Free samples of tasty treats with a "... FULL STORY

DanceBlue Community Cuts Ribbon to Open New Pediatric Cancer Clinic at

Posted: 2/6/2017 - Tags: Pediatric
With a sailboat full of toys, murals of blue skies over the sea and a lighthouse illuminated with all colors of the rainbow, the new $1.6 million DanceBlue Kentucky Children's Hospital (KCH) Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic transports families to a beachside getaway. The expanded beach-themed clinic, supported by funds raised through the UK DanceBlue organization and dance marathon, is designed to enhance resources, privacy and care for pediatric patients and families battling cancer. The student-run organization raised more than $1.3 million to upgrade the clinic, with additional support from donors inspired by the DanceBlue movement. On Monday, UK President... FULL STORY

Williams Speaks at First International Conference of Hospital Medicine in

Posted: 2/3/2017 - Tags: Center for Health Services Research
During a recent trip to Taiwan, Dr. Mark V. Williams, director of the Center for Health Services Research (CHSR), had the opportunity to share his expertise as a hospitalist and researcher with colleagues in Taiwan.Williams was invited by Dr. Ming-Chin Yang, National Taiwan University’s associate dean of the College of Public Health, and Dr. Nin-Chieh Hsu, a practicing hospitalist in Taiwan, to speak at the Jan. 7 forum of hospital medicine at the first International Conference of Hospital Medicine.Williams focused his presentation on the evolution of hospital medicine and the roles hospitalists play now and the role they will play in the future.With... FULL STORY

Fighting Substance Abuse by Empowering Incarcerated Women

Posted: 2/2/2017 - Tags: CDAR, Drug Abuse, Behavioral Science
Michele Staton-Tindall grew up in rural Appalachia during a time when people felt so safe they didn’t even lock their doors at night. The ensuing drug epidemic that now ravages her former home has dramatically impacted the lives of the Appalachian people and broken that sense of security.Staton-Tindall, an associate professor in the Department of Behavioral Science at the University of Kentucky's College of Medicine, and a faculty associate at the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, has made it her mission to make a positive difference in the Appalachia, particularly for women in the criminal justice population who have fallen prey to substance abuse... FULL STORY

NCI Director Meets with Markey Researchers, Faculty during Special Visit

Posted: 2/2/2017 - Tags: Markey Cancer Center
Dr. Doug Lowy, interim director of the National Cancer Institute, recently visited the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, continuing a dialogue on Kentucky cancer disparities following Lowy's visit to Hazard, Ky. last fall. Much of Lowy's visit focused on research. During the morning session, nine UK faculty members gave presentations on major research initiatives and programs at Markey, ranging from efforts in cancer prevention and control to drug development and discovery. Major topics of discussion centered around the cancer types which affect Kentuckians the most: lung cancer, colon cancer, cervical cancer/HPV and the hepatitis C virus, which is linked... FULL STORY

Patient Care, Research and Community Service Unite Around Rare Disease

Posted: 1/30/2017 - Tags: Community Service, Gill Heart Institute
In 2015, identical twins Gardner and Jon Wes Adams, then in their mid-20s, both nearly died when their hearts suddenly stopped beating. The incidents happened months apart, but the cause was the same: Brugada syndrome, a rare, congenital heart rhythm disorder.Jon Wes' heart stopped first, while he was running at The Arboretum at the University of Kentucky. Bystander CPR kept him alive until emergency medical personnel arrived. At UK Gill Heart Institute, doctors ran a battery of tests to determine why this healthy, physically fit young man went into sudden cardiac arrest. As soon as the results indicated Brugada syndrome, the care team knew they needed to test... FULL STORY

Orthopaedic Research Helps Patient Regain Mobility and Grow as a Nurse

Posted: 1/26/2017 - Tags: Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
Working as a bedside nurse requires extensive physical effort — pushing wheelchairs and beds, twisting and lifting, and long periods on your feet. Jennifer Thomas, who's been a nurse at UK HealthCare for six years, can attest to this. In fact, it was while assisting a patient from a wheelchair that she badly injured the cartilage in her knee. "The pain was excruciating — a sharp, stabbing, burn," Thomas said. "It was constant regardless of sitting or walking. My sleep was interrupted due to the discomfort, stairs were next to impossible to navigate and playing with my newborn grandbabies — be it pushing a stroller or carrying them from room to room — was difficult at... FULL STORY