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Trustees Say UK Must Invest in Research to Address State's Most Pressing Needs

Posted: 10/20/2014

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees Saturday adopted a sweeping statement of principles, directing President Eli Capilouto to focus on the "most pressing" needs of Kentucky by determining how best to grow UK's research enterprise through strategic investments in facilities and talent.

"The challenges are overwhelming, but we can be up to the task of making a difference," Capilouto said. "These are not easy issues, but they must be our issues. The University of Kentucky represents the greatest hope in making progress against these issues, but it will take focus."

The resolution, adopted unanimously at the board's two-day annual retreat, directs Capilouto to take the steps necessary recognizing "the essential nature and value of all scholarly and creative activity" to:

· Align resource commitments to optimize efficiency and facilitate faculty, student and staff success;
· Recruiting and retaining additional world-class scholars and research teams;
· Strengthening the commitment to interdisciplinary exploration; and
· Confirming and detailing the critical need for additional research infrastructure.

"These principles reflect who we are as a people and as an institution," said Keith Gannon,... FULL STORY


Associate Dean Honored for Long-Standing Involvement in Kentucky

Posted: 10/15/2014
Anyone familiar with Appalachian culture should recognize the dulcimer, a stringed instrument used to play mountain folk music. Every year, the Kentucky Rural Health Association (KRHA) presents this symbol of rural Kentucky heritage to the recipient of the Dan Martin Award for Lifelong Contributions to Rural Health. The annual KRHA award honors a health care professional who has shown a long-standing... FULL STORY
Tags: AHEC, Rural Health

UK Researcher Awarded $100K Grant To Study Protein Associated with

Posted: 10/14/2014
The Alzheimer’s Association has awarded a $100,000 New Investigator Research Grant to Jose Abisambra, assistant professor at the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA), to study a brain protein that becomes abnormally modified in the course of developing Alzheimer's disease. The New Investigator Research Grant program is part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s effort to increase... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Alzheimer's disease

Academic Convocation and Awards Day

Posted: 10/10/2014
Academic Convocation and Awards Day was held on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, in the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion H Auditorium. Academic Convocation is an annual presentation of awards to students and faculty for outstanding achievement in academics, service, research and teaching during the previous year. The Edwin Munich Memorial Lecture presented by Dr. David J. Moliterno, Jack M. Gill Professor and Chairman of Internal Medicine and Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs, was titled “The Crucial Role of Medical Education in the Evolution of Contemporary Healthcare.” To view photos from the program, visit: FULL STORY

Bosomworth Leaves Behind Extraordinary Legacy

Posted: 10/7/2014
Recently, the University of Kentucky family lost an exceptional physician, pioneer and transformational leader for our institution and medical enterprise. Peter Bosomworth, M.D., was 84 when he died Saturday morning, leaving an indelible mark on the University and our mission of quality education, research, health care and service to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Dr. Bosomworth was part of the tradition of leadership and quality care that has defined the UK medical center for more than 40 years. Under his guidance as vice president and chancellor, the institution’s medical enterprise grew to include five colleges: Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Health Sciences and the... FULL STORY

UK HealthCare Pediatric Team Brings Guatemalan Child Closer to a Normal

Posted: 10/2/2014 - Tags: Pediatric
After Cony Puac delivered her daughter Evany, birthing attendants placed the newborn in her arms and cleared the room.   Born in a remote Guatemalan village surrounded by snow-capped volcanoes, even in the first moments of life, children born with facial clefts are ostracized from society. Evany was diagnosed with a severe midline cleft palate by an orthodontist in her community. An opening at the center of her face spanned from her bottom lip to the space between her eyes. On either side of the opening, her eyes were separated by 38 centimeters — 20 centimeters wider than that of an average child's. Evany's nostrils were pushed to the left side of... FULL STORY

Gill Heart Institute Receives AACVPR Recertification

Posted: 10/2/2014 - Tags: Gill Heart Institute
The UK HealthCare Gill Heart Institute's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program has received recertification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification recognizes the UK program for its commitment to improving cardiovascular outcomes and quality of life by enhancing standards of care. Cardiac rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular events recover more quickly, improve their quality of life and decrease future event rates. Cardiac rehab is a comprehensive program designed to improve a patients cardiovascular risk factors. The programs include exercise, education, counseling and... FULL STORY

UK Researcher Earns NIH Funding to Expand Gender-Based Studies on

Posted: 9/30/2014 - Tags: Research, NIH Award, Microbiology
In her research, Sarah D'Orazio, associate professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, investigates why some people get sicker than others after ingesting the foodborne bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. Using a mouse model, her research team observed that a subset of mice most susceptible to the dangerous bacteria share one common trait: they are all female. With supplemental funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), D'Orazio has the resources to explore why Listeria infection affects females more severely than their male counterparts. Part of an effort to promote sex-based research,... FULL STORY

Fourth Annual Markesbery Symposium Features Latest Research on the Aging

Posted: 9/30/2014 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Research
The Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky will hold its fourth annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22. The Markesbery Symposium is named in honor of the late Dr. William R. Markesbery, founder and long-time director of the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and an internationally renowned expert on aging and dementia. More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease (AD) today and millions more are affected by their role as family member, friend or caregiver to those with memory loss. The Markesbery Symposium was established to improve awareness of and education about AD and the latest... FULL STORY

Migraine Sufferer Finds Relief at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute

Posted: 9/29/2014 - Tags: Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, Neurology
We've strayed far from the Dr. Marcus Welby persona -- in popular television, at least. But even Dr. Gregory House, the irascible main character in the Fox television drama, has moments of compassion.  In real life, compassion is still very much an important part of a physician's practice. And there is perhaps no clearer example of a physician's need for compassion than in the treatment of headaches.  Chronic pain -- including headaches -- affects more than 36 million Americans.  But the vague nature of symptoms and a lack of patient awareness often inhibit sufferers from seeking help. Furthermore, some doctors aren't completely aware of the full range... FULL STORY

UK Adolescent Medicine Reaches Rural Teens through Health Clinics in

Posted: 9/26/2014 - Tags: Pediatrics
Off the top of her head, Kaylee Brown can think of 10 girls at her high school who are pregnant. One of them is her younger brother's age, and he's only 14. But when asked about her priorities, 16-year-old Kaylee doesn't mention dating or boys. Wearing a swing purse and a denim shirt during an appointment with Dr. Hatim Omar at the University of Kentucky Adolescent Care Clinic, Brown talks about assuming a leadership role with her Future Farmers of America chapter, playing on her high school volleyball team and making good grades in her advanced-level classes. The farmer's daughter needs good grades to achieve her goals of going to college and becoming a large animal... FULL STORY

Big Blue Family VIDEO: Act of Giving Impacts Three Generations of Dawson

Posted: 9/24/2014 - Tags: Faculty, Kentucky Children's Hospital
There is a phone call Point of Care Ultrasound Director and Assistant Emergency Medicine Program Director Dr. Matthew Dawson will never forget.  While he was a medical resident in Utah, his father Stewart Dawson, then the chaplain for theLexington Fire Department, called to ask him about a bispectral index monitor – more commonly called a BIS monitor.     His father had helped to organize Lexington’s “Race to Remember” as a tribute to those lost in the Sept. 11 attacks.  The money raised in the event would go to meet the needs of Kentucky Children's Hospital  (KCH), and that monitor was on their wish list. ... FULL STORY

UK Researcher Explores Gene's Role in Blood Clotting

Posted: 9/19/2014 - Tags: Research, Biochemistry, Von Willebrand Factor
Two independent groups of researchers led by Sidney "Wally" Whiteheart, PhD, at the University of Kentucky, and Dr. Charles Lowenstein, at the University of Rochester, have published important studies exploring the role that a gene called STXBP5 plays in the development of cardiovascular disease. According to Whiteheart, previous genome-wide association studies (GWAS) identified a gene called STXBP5 as a factor that regulates a protein called Von Willebrand factor (VWF). VWF is an important contributor to normal blood clotting. When the endothelial cells that line a blood vessel are injured, VWF is released into the bloodstream, where it "collects" blood... FULL STORY

UK Study Identifies Molecule That Induces Cancer-killing Protein

Posted: 9/15/2014 - Tags: Research, Radiation Medicine
A new study by University of Kentucky researchers has identified a novel molecule named Arylquin 1 as a potent inducer of Par-4 secretion from normal cells. Par-4 is a protein that acts as a tumor suppressor, killing cancer cells while leaving normal cells unharmed. Normal cells secrete small amounts of Par-4 on their own, but this amount is not enough to kill cancer cells. Notably, if Par-4 secretion is suppressed, this leads to tumor growth. Published in "Nature Chemical Biology," the UK study utilized lab cultures and animal models to show that low levels of Arylquin 1 induced Par-4 secretion without causing harm to the producer cells. Additionally,... FULL STORY

Twitter Chat Offers Insight on Participating in Health Research

Posted: 9/15/2014 - Tags: Research, Clinical, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center
Did you know that you can help others by participating in research? Health-focused research affects every aspect of our lives, from the medications we take to the health of our environment. Researchers are working hard to identify new treatments and strategies to improve the health of our communities, but research needs healthy volunteers and volunteers with medical conditions in order to succeed. Participating in research is a safe, easy way for you to give back to your community and give hope for the future while learning more about your own health. Find out how you can participate in research during the University of Kentucky's next #AskACat Twitter chat,... FULL STORY
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