Markey's Miller Receives NCI Clinical Investigator Team Leadership

Posted: 7/14/2016 - Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Research, Cancer, Clinical Research
University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center's Dr. Rachel Miller is one of 13 recipients of this year's National Cancer Institute Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award. These awards recognize and support outstanding mid-career clinical investigators at NCI-designated cancer centers who are working to improve the lives of people with cancer through extensive involvement in NCI-funded collaborative clinical trials and whose leadership, participation and activities promote clinical trials and research. Miller, part of Markey's gynecologic cancer team, was nominated for the award by Markey Director Dr. Mark Evers. She was officially recognized as a... FULL STORY

UK Surgeon-Researcher Works to Extend Cochlear Implant Program to

Posted: 7/14/2016 - Tags: Otolaryngology, Research
The first time Dr. Matthew Bush observed a cochlear implant surgery, he was a young medical student from West Virginia visiting the University of Kentucky. He describes that experience as eye opening for him and ear opening for the patient. To witness function restored to an ear that was otherwise lost, sparked not only an intense interest in hearing health care, but also the desire to offer people with profound hearing loss their best hope of re-entering a hearing world and a better quality of life through cochlear implantation. Hearing loss affects about 48 million people in the United States. More than 694,000 of those people live in Kentucky. In older... FULL STORY

Facial Expression Workshops Teach Doctors to Read Beyond Clinical Charts

Posted: 7/13/2016 - Tags: Internal Medicine
Doctors visually process an abundance of information when consulting with patients in a clinical setting. They examine charts and electronic records, monitor physical symptoms, and observe signs of distress or abnormality in the body. But as medicine becomes more patient-centered, doctors are also learning to read one of the most telling sources of information regarding a patient’s wellbeing — his or her facial expressions. Dr. John Ragsdale, an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and colleagues published a study in the journal Academic Medicine demonstrating the effectiveness of short workshops... FULL STORY

UK Graduate Confronts Diabetes in Appalachia

Posted: 7/7/2016 - Tags: Diabetes, Rural Health
Growing up in Hazard, Kentucky, Brittany Martin was familiar with diabetes. Many of her older relatives had been diagnosed with the chronic condition, and her younger family members were starting to develop it as well. In a state with one of the highest rates of diabetes — 11.3 percent of adults had a diagnosis in 2014 —Martin’s family wasn’t out of the ordinary, but she found the status quo unacceptable. Since she graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2014 with a dual degree in biology and sociology, Martin’s family history and her interest in health have converged in her current role as coordinator of the Big Sandy Diabetes Coalition (BSDC), where she serves... FULL STORY

UK Gill Heart Institute Partners with The Christ Hospital for Clinical

Posted: 7/6/2016 - Tags: Gill Heart Institute, Clinical Trials
UK HealthCare's Gill Heart Institute and The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati have partnered to test a new treatment for adults with congenital heart disease. The COMPASSION Trial will test the efficacy of the Sapien 3 valve as a replacement for a diseased pulmonary valve. The Sapien 3 has already been approved for replacement of the aortic valve. “This study offers a revolutionary new treatment for patients with adult congenital heart disease who would otherwise be facing at least a second surgical procedure,” said Dr. Dean Kereiakes, medical director of The Christ Hospital Heart and Vascular Center and The Carl and Edyth Lindner Center for Research and Education... FULL STORY

Retired UK Pediatrician Passes the Torch to Geneticists

Posted: 6/28/2016 - Tags: Pediatrics, Research
In December 1968, a widowed mother from Knoxville, Tennessee, arrived with her two sons, daughter and nephew at the University of Kentucky's pediatric clinic.The four children were afflicted with severe intellectual impairment, presenting at the clinic with IQs of 10 or lower. The children showed normal development at birth, but during the first year of life experienced neurological deficiencies that rendered them unable to speak or walk. In the second and third years of life, the children were stricken with intense epileptic seizures.Dr. Charlton Mabry, an original member of the Pediatric Department at the University of Kentucky, examined the four children in the... FULL STORY

Gill Heart Institute Earns American Heart Association Award

Posted: 6/27/2016 - Tags: Gill Heart Institute, Awards and Recognition
All heart attacks are serious, but one type – called STEMI — is particularly deadly. “A STEMI, or ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction, means an artery to the heart is 100 percent blocked, which is associated with a much higher short-term risk of death or disability compared to other types of heart attack,” Dr. Adrian Messerli of the University of Kentucky’s Gill Heart Institute said. More than 250,000 Americans suffer a STEMI each year and once heart muscle is damaged it will never grow back. “That’s why immediate access to treatment for STEMI patients is critical to their recovery,” said Messerli. The Gill Heart Institute has been recognized by... FULL STORY

University of Kentucky Joins the TriNetX Network

Posted: 6/22/2016 - Tags: Research
The University of Kentucky has signed a membership agreement to join the TriNetX network, a leader in international clinical research networks, in order to optimize clinical trial design and advance clinical research for UK programs. Pharmaceutical researchers will gain access to UK's clinical data in real time through TriNetX's proprietary network of health care institutions representing more than 37 million patients in the US and Europe to support clinical study and protocol design, site selection, and patient recruitment across a range of therapeutic areas and development stages. UK will leverage the TriNetX network to drive more industry-sponsored clinical... FULL STORY

From AHEC Health Career Campers to Wildcats

Posted: 6/17/2016 - Tags: AHEC, Students, Medical Education
Established in 2005, the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Pipeline Program works to further the interest of students in health professions. One of the goals of AHEC is to increase the number of health care providers in the Commonwealth. A popular manifestations of this program is the Summer Health Careers Camps. Open to Kentuckians, who are juniors or seniors in high school, camps allow students to interact with professionals from a variety of medical fields. There are two camp options, Summer Enrichment Camp, which lasts four weeks or Health Researchers Youth Academy, which lasts two weeks. Both camps are located at UK and students stay in residence halls. Funded... FULL STORY

UK HealthCare Athletes Ready to "Survive the Night" to Raise

Posted: 6/13/2016
In most work environments, teambuilding exercises usually don't require actual physical activity. But for the UK HealthCare employees participating in this weekend's second Survive the Night Triathlon, bonding will form over 140.7 miles of swimming, biking and running through the night into the early morning. Developed by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center radiation oncologist Dr. Jonathan Feddock (an avid triathlete himself), the event is a relay that allows up to 10 people to take on different sections of the race, playing to their personal strengths. Team Running on Vapor, comprising nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists who work in the... FULL STORY

Brain Research with the Abisambra Lab

Posted: 6/9/2016 - Tags: Research, Alzheimer's disease
In honor of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, this podcast features Joe Abisambra, an assistant professor in the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, and three of his lab trainees—Sarah Fontaine, Shelby Meier and Brittani Price.Abisambra explained the importance of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging: “This center has been a pivotal aspect of the University partly because we have Alzheimer’s Disease Center designation. There are about 30 other institutions in the country that have this designation, and we are one of the few that have had the designation from the beginning of the program in 1985 through today. We have to compete for this every five years.” The funding... FULL STORY

UK Hospitalists Help Enhance Quality of Care for Patients

Posted: 6/8/2016 - Tags: Internal Medicine, Hospital Medicine
Managing and providing a continuum of care for patients with complex health care needs at a large academic medical center like UK HealthCare can be very complex when providers from multiple specialties and subspecialties are needed for tests, treatment and patient education. UK HealthCare is at the forefront of a growing trend among U.S. hospitals to employ hospitalists, with more than 50,000 hospitalists now working in the U.S. Hospital medicine is the fastest growing specialty in the history of American medicine. At UK, hospitalists ensure coordination of quality care for acutely ill patients at the highest level from time of admission through discharge. '... FULL STORY