"Our Story" Featured at Sanders-Brown Annual Dinner

Posted: 4/24/2017 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Research
They've hosted astronauts, entrepreneurs, national champions, politicians and world leaders.  But this year, the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging opted to tell "Our Story" at its annual dinner.Instead of a keynote speaker from outside the organization, Sanders-Brown featured the stories of six families whose lives have been ravaged by Alzheimer's disease.Called "Our Story," this emotional journey of wives, sons, husbands and daughters tells how Sanders-Brown helped them cope with the financial, psychological and emotional impacts of their loved ones' diagnosis – and how many of them are giving back by participating in research at... FULL STORY

PATHways Program Demonstrates Success of Evidence-based, Collaborative

Posted: 4/19/2017 - Tags: CDAR
After years outside of Kentucky, Dr. Agatha Critchfield returned to her home state to find a patient population inundated with opioid use disorders. As an obstetrician at UK HealthCare, Critchfield was attending to the deliveries of women addicted to opioids and whose babies were diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a constellation of symptoms often arising in babies after opioid exposure in the womb. The burden of NAS and an untreated opioid use disorder caused devastating outcomes and long-term complications for the mother, child and family. “My experience on the labor hall was a substantial number of women were dealing with substance abuse,”... FULL STORY

UK Physiologists Discover Molecular Mechanism for Stabilizing Inner Ear

Posted: 4/17/2017 - Tags: Physiology, Research
Mechanosensory hair cells in the inner ear pick up the softest sounds, such as whispers and distant noises. Unlike other cells in the human body, these sensory cells are fragile and finite. At birth, the human ear contains approximately 15,000 of these cells. They do not regenerate or divide and, therefore are susceptible to permanent damage from exposure to loud sounds. Scientists believe understanding the molecular mechanisms that maintain the structure of these cells throughout the lifespan can provide insight into the fundamental causes of hearing loss and deafness.University of Kentucky physiologists Catalina Vélez-Ortega, Gregory Frolenkov and their... FULL STORY

UK to Announce Major Multi-million NIH Grant to Launch New Center to Fight

Posted: 4/17/2017 - Tags: Research, Markey Cancer Center
The University of Kentucky was recently awarded a prestigious Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant to study the metabolism of cancer from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. The $11.2 million grant will fund UK's Center for Cancer and Metabolism over the next five years.Kentucky has disproportionately high incidences of both cancer and metabolic disorders and leads the nation in cancer deaths and is in the top 10 for highest obesity rates in the country. While scientists have long known of a direct link between obesity and cancer, the need for further research into this field is a necessity... FULL STORY

UK Great Teacher Grateful for Chance to Impact Students at His Alma Mater

Posted: 4/14/2017 - Tags: Faculty, Awards and Recognition
When UK College of Medicine Assistant Professor Nathan Vanderford drives to work, he still experiences a sense of awe when he approaches campus."I see the University of Kentucky signs on campus," said Vanderford, a two-time UK alumnus. "It shocks me sometimes that I'm here even all these years later having the opportunity to be here and to contribute to having an impact on students."Watch why winning a 2017 Great Teacher Award is so meaningful to this rural Tennessee native by clicking on the video above. Vanderford is an assistant professor in the Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology, assistant director for research in... FULL STORY

5 Questions with Dr. Craig van Horne

Posted: 4/11/2017 - Tags: Neurosurgery
Neurosurgeon Dr. Craig van Horne came to Kentucky from Boston to pursue an idea:  Could peripheral nerve tissue implanted in the brain reduce the symptoms of Parkinson's disease?He says the teamwork and support at UK HealthCare – plus a healthy dose of Kentucky hospitality – fostered the atmosphere he needed to bring DBS+ to fruition.(And having a lucky cap doesn't hurt.)Watch this episode of "Five Questions" to learn more about Dr. van Horne's aspirations and secret talents.

Future Physicians Participating in Global Health Challenge Video

Posted: 4/7/2017 - Tags: Medical Education, Global Health
Three first-year medical students from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine who have a passion for expanding health care access have produced an original and creative video, “Nosotros Para Vosotros,” meaning “Us for You” that explains the health care needs of underserved populations at home and around the world. Their video entry is part of a nationwide competition with the winning entry receiving the opportunity to work with Timmy Global Health, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit that expands access to health care and empowers students and volunteers to tackle today’s most pressing global health challenges.Several months ago, Connor Appelman,... FULL STORY

Markey Cancer Center Director Speaks to Alumni

Posted: 4/7/2017 - Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Alumni
The Greater Louisville University of Kentucky Alumni Club, in corporate partnership with Central Bank and sponsored by UK HealthCare, presents an evening with Dr. Mark Evers, director of the UK Markey Cancer Center, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, at ARGI Financial Group, located at 2110 High Wickham Place in Louisville.Evers will provide an overview of the clinical programs and services offered by the center and how it is making an impact on cancer treatment and research. The Markey Cancer Center was founded in 1983 and is an integral part of the University of Kentucky and the UK HealthCare enterprise. In July 2013, Markey was designated by the National Cancer... FULL STORY

UK Chandler Hospital Named Among the 100 Great Hospitals in America by

Posted: 4/5/2017 - Tags: Chandler Medical Center, Ranking
UK HealthCare’s University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital has been named among the 100 Great Hospitals in America by Becker's Hospital Review, a monthly publication offering business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems.The hospitals included on this list are renowned for excellence. They are industry leaders in innovation, quality patient care and clinical research, and have received recognition across various publications and accrediting organizations.Becker's Hospital Review has published a version of this list since 2012.The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on analysis of several... FULL STORY

Pratical Update in Neurology and Neurosurgery Set for May 5

Posted: 3/28/2017 - Tags: Neurosurgery, Neurology
The Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery at University of Kentucky College of Medicine and the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute will offer a Practical Update in Neurology and Neurosurgery on May 5, 2017."The Practical Update is specifically designed to provide new, useful information that providers can apply to their current patient care," said Dr. Larry Goldstein, chair of the Department of Neurology at the UK College of Medicine.Neurologists, internists, family practice physicians, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, occupational and physical therapists and other medical providers are welcome to join the event for up-to-date... FULL STORY

30 Years and Going Strong: Markey's Van Nagell on the Legacy of the

Posted: 3/27/2017 - Tags: Markey Cancer Center
As a native of Oldham County, the University of Kentucky has always been close to Dr. John van Nagell's heart.To begin his medical career, van Nagell went Northeast to earn an undergraduate degree at Harvard University and a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, but says he was always looking to come back to Kentucky."I always wanted to come home," van Nagell said. "And when it came time for me to decide where I wanted to undergo further training, the University of Kentucky had just opened an outstanding new medical center."Specializing in gynecologic oncology – the diagnosis, research and treatment of women's cancers – van Nagell joined UK as a resident in... FULL STORY

UK Neuroscientist Authors Study Using Brain Imaging to Assess Mental

Posted: 3/23/2017 - Tags: Behavioral Science, Faculty
To prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt, jurors must find evidence a defendant was culpable of a criminal act. Culpability refers to a person’s awareness and mental state, and in cases of criminal conviction, the degree of culpability or “guiltiness” dictates the degree of punishment. Depending on culpability, a punishment ranges from a small fine to life in prison.Legal statutes across the United States specify four psychological states a person can be in while committing a crime, including states of knowledge, or 100 percent awareness of criminal behavior, and recklessness, which is uncertainty or not knowing of criminal behavior. Previous studies have shown jurors... FULL STORY