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Twin Brothers Share Love for UK, Medicine

Posted: 4/18/2014

The Dickens' twins look alike, have similar taste in food, listen to the same music, and enjoy outdoors activities. They are both good in math and science, both earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Kentucky in human nutrition science with a minor in biology, and both are pursuing careers in medicine.

However, for perhaps the first time in their lives, Brett and Blake Dickens are at a fork in the road and each are going their separate ways; one road leading to the UK College of Dentistry and other road leading to the UK College of Medicine.

Blake and Brett, 23-year-old identical twins from Owensboro, say they grew up in a big UK family that bleeds blue, many of whom are in the health care professions. They remember listening to the stories of their two older sisters, Megan and Ashley, both graduates of the UK College of Nursing, and cousins, who are all nurse anesthetists, as they talked about their experiences on the job. Blake and Brett knew at a fairly young age that they wanted to follow in their family's footsteps to UK and into some area of health care.

"We really are alike to a T," Blake Dickens says. "Growing up and being so close, we always had conversations about what we wanted to do with our lives. So while we were dreaming about... FULL STORY

Tags: Undergraduate Medical Education, Students

Markey, LLS Host Third Annual 'Meet the Researchers Day'

Posted: 4/17/2014
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society hosted their third annual "Meet the Researchers Day" on Tuesday. Meet the Researchers Day is a field trip given as a prize to two schools in the region who successfully raise more than $1,000 for the LLS's Pennies for Patients campaign. This year, students from Meece Middle School (MMS) in Somerset, Ky., and... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, Markey Cancer Center

UK's Advanced Ventricular Assist Device Program Continues to

Posted: 4/16/2014
Two years ago, John Doty came down with a cold that just wouldn't go away. After weeks of dealing with the symptoms, Doty was diagnosed with walking pneumonia and received antibiotics. He started to feel better, but the illness crept back. Finally, after a trip to Red River Gorge — where he felt he just couldn't catch his breath — he went back to his physician and was referred to a cardiologist. After... FULL STORY
Tags: Gill Heart Institute

Employee Band to Perform at UK Chandler Hospital Atrium

Posted: 4/14/2014 - Tags: Staff
A couple of times a week during the lunch hour, the tapping of drums, strumming of guitars and harmonizing of voices trails into the hallways of the Kentucky Clinic and the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. Faculty and staff stop to listen at the doorway of an office used as a rehearsal room for The CatsEclectic, a band comprised of UK HealthCare employees. The six-member band plays a variety of pop music and classic hits from artists including Neil Young, The Everly Brothers, The Chiffons and Marvin Gaye, as well as a couple original songs. As part of UK HealthCare's Arts in HealthCare program, the band will perform in the Pavilion A Atrium from noon to 1 p.... FULL STORY

UK Medical Student Named Associate Editor of Stem Cell Research Publication

Posted: 4/11/2014 - Tags: Undergraduate Medical Education
Krishna Vyas has been named associate editor of The SAGE Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research, Second Edition, a 3-volume reference of emerging concepts in stem cell developmental biology, research, and therapy, and ethics. Authored by international experts and scholars, The SAGE Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research, Second Edition references emerging concepts in stem cell developmental biology, research, and therapy, in addition to the ethics, religion, politics and challenges of the field. The reference series is scheduled to be published in print and electronic editions in 2015. A fourth year medical student at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine,... FULL STORY

UK Otolaryngologist Works to Address Rural Disparities of Pediatric

Posted: 4/11/2014 - Tags: Appalachian Kentucky, Clinical
Dr. Matthew Bush will tell you two things about himself--that he is Appalachian by birth and that he is fascinated with the anatomy and physiology of hearing. And his work clearly reflects both: As an otolaryngologist at the University of Kentucky, he focuses on rural health disparities of pediatric hearing loss, particularly in Appalachia. Not only was Bush born in Appalachia (Charleston, WV), he also attended medical school in Appalachia at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. He completed his residency at UK in 2008, and following a research and clinical fellowship at The Ohio State University, returned to UK as a clinical faculty member in 2011. In the... FULL STORY

Ambati Receives 2014 SEC Faculty Achievement Award

Posted: 4/11/2014 - Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Awards and Recognition, Faculty
Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, professor and vice chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine has been named one of 14 recipients of the 2014 SEC Faculty Achievement Awards. The annual awards recognize a faculty member from every SEC university who demonstrates outstanding records of teaching, research and scholarship. To be eligible for the SEC Faculty Achievement Award, a professor must be a teacher or scholar at an SEC university; have achieved the rank of full professor at an SEC university; have a record of extraordinary teaching; and a record of scholarship that is recognized nationally and/or internationally. Since... FULL STORY

Schmitt Receives 2014 Mary Carter Award

Posted: 4/4/2014 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Neurology
Frederick Schmitt, a professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Neurology and the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, has received the 2014 Mary Carter Award from Down Syndrome of Louisville. The award recognizes outstanding service and contributions that result in improved quality of life for people with Down syndrome. Schmitt's research interests focus on understanding the basic mechanisms in brain aging and dementia. While Schmitt's name is the only one on the award, he is enthusiastic about sharing credit with others. "In my view, this is actually a team award," Schmitt says. "Research like this wouldn't be possible without a terrific group of... FULL STORY

UK Division of Community Medicine Examines Patient's Environment as

Posted: 4/4/2014 - Tags: Community Medicine
A community's physical environment and social dynamics, such as the amount of green space for exercise and access to health education, are all underlying factors that impact the health of its citizens. To better understand how community influences health, a new division at UK HealthCare will examine the world around the patient. Dr. Roberto Cardarelli is leading an effort to develop a national model for community medicine and outreach at UK HealthCare. Cardarelli joined the University of Kentucky as the founding chief of the newly established Division of Community Medicine within the UK College of Medicine's Department of Family and Community Medicine in 2013.... FULL STORY

Silent Auction Benefits Shoulder to Shoulder Clinic in Ecuador

Posted: 4/2/2014 - Tags: Medical Education, Auction
The University of Kentucky Chapter of the International Federation of Medical Student Associations (IFMSA) will host the 10th annual Art of Healing silent auction on Wednesday, April 2. The auction will be held in Biological and Biomedical Sciences Research Building (BBSRB) atrium from noon to 5 p.m. Winning bidders may pick up their art from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The auction items feature the handiwork of local and international artists and current students, including pottery, paintings, wood carvings, and accessories. Proceeds from the art auction benefit the Shoulder to Shoulder clinic in Ecuador. Shoulder to Shoulder, an initiative supported by many of the... FULL STORY

UK Receives $7 Million Gift Commitment From Lexington Businesswoman Joan D

Posted: 4/1/2014
University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto today announced a $7 million combined gift commitment from Lexington businesswoman and UK graduate, Joan D. Kincaid, and Central Bank for two critical campus improvement projects focused on business education and health care. The gift commitment, which was accepted by the UK Board of Trustees at its meeting today, will fund a new auditorium in the Gatton College of Business and Economics as part of its building redesign and expansion as well as a project to be determined in the A.B. Chandler Hospital. “The Kincaid family name and Central Bank have been synonymous with both commerce and philanthropy in Kentucky for... FULL STORY

Two New Faculty Members Join Sanders-Brown Center on Aging

Posted: 4/1/2014 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Faculty
The University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging recently welcomed two new faculty members: Anika Hartz, Ph.D., and Ai-Ling Lin, Ph.D. “These talented individuals will contribute significantly to our knowledge of age-related disorders,” said Linda Van Eldik, director of the Sanders-Brown Center for Aging. "We are delighted to have them as part of our team." Hartz, an associate professor with a dual appointment in the College of Medicine, comes to Sanders-Brown from the University of Minnesota. Joining her on the UK faculty is her husband, Bjoern Bauer, an associate professor in the UK College of Pharmacy. Hartz holds a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences,... FULL STORY

The Aging Brain and Fitness: How Are They Related?

Posted: 3/31/2014 - Tags: Research, Center for Clinical and Translational Science
We all know that exercise is good for us — it can help us lower blood pressure and cholesterol, maintain a healthy weight, and even improve mood and sleep. But can exercise improve the brain, especially as we age? A multidisciplinary group of University of Kentucky researchers is working to answer that question. Led by Nathan Johnson, an instructor in anatomy and neurobiology, and Dave Powell, an assistant professor in anatomy and neurobiology, the team includes Jody Clasey, professor of kinesiology and health promotion; Alison Bailey, assistant professor of cardiology; Brian Gold, associate professor of anatomy and neurobiology; and Doug Long, research analyst and... FULL STORY

Dr. Jackie Noonan Named 'Gifted Educator' for 2014

Posted: 3/26/2014 - Tags: Awards and Recognition, Faculty, Cardiology
Dr. Jacqueline (Jackie) Noonan, long-time faculty member at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and former chair of the Department of Pediatrics, has been named the "Gifted Educator" for 2014 by the American College of Cardiology. The award recognizes someone who has demonstrated innovative, outstanding teaching characteristics that contribute significantly to the field of cardiovascular medicine. "This honor is well-deserved and places Dr. Noonan in rare company. She has represented the University of Kentucky admirably for more than 50 years — not just in her capacity as a teacher and mentor, but as a strong advocate for Kentuckians with congenital... FULL STORY

Pilot Funding Program Supports Innovation, Community Engagement, and

Posted: 3/25/2014 - Tags: CCTS, Research
Translational research — the process of moving a laboratory discovery into clinical applications — is a long and complex process requiring diverse expertise, ranging from basic science and regulatory affairs to participant recruitment and rclinical application. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), it can take more than a decade for a lab discovery to result in a new treatment, medical device, or prevention method. Yet, despite extensive training for basic scientists and clinicians in their specific fields, few researchers have the training, experience, and resources to successfully initiate and complete the "bench to bedside" process of translational... FULL STORY
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