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Pediatric Residents Join Global Movement to Teach Life-Saving Resuscitation Skills

Posted: 7/23/2014

University of Kentucky medical residents, fellows and faculty members packed into a classroom next to the medical center library on July 16 to practice fundamental newborn resuscitation maneuvers on baby mannequins.

The Helping Babies Breathe training didn't teach these pediatric professionals anything new — they were all familiar with the process of drying, suctioning and ventilating a newborn with breathing problems. The purpose of the session was to take doctors through a step-by-step curriculum so they could become effective teachers of life-saving newborn resuscitation skills.

With these afterhours training sessions, the number of health professionals trained through the Helping Babies Breathe program is growing exponentially at University of Kentucky. Residents on the UK Global Health Track are sharing the curriculum with fellow residents, faculty pediatricians and nurses who volunteer as health professionals in developing countries where medical resources are limited. The Helping Babies Breathe curriculum, an initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics, emphasizes a basic skill set that includes temperature support, breathing stimulation and assisted ventilation as needed during the critical "golden minute," the one-minute period immediately after... FULL STORY

Tags: Pediatrics, Students, Residents

Sanders-Brown Research Presentation Garners Hirano Prize

Posted: 7/22/2014
Dr. Peter T. Nelson of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) at the University of Kentucky, and David Fardo of UK's Department of Biostatistics, have been awarded the 2014 Asao Hirano Prize from the American Association of Neuropathologists (AANP) for the best paper presented on neurodegenerative diseases at its annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, last month. The team's research, titled "... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Awards and Recognition

New UK Study Helps Scientists Understand Melanoma Development

Posted: 7/15/2014
A new study by University of Kentucky researchers shows how a genetic defect in a specific hormonal pathway may make people more susceptible to developing melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. Fair-skinned people who tend to burn (rather than tan) from sun exposure have a much higher risk for melanoma than darker-skinned people. On the surface, it appears that the amount of melanin, the... FULL STORY
Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Research, Clinical, Melanoma

Three Researchers from the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Awarded Bright

Posted: 7/14/2014 - Tags: Research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Alzheimer's research
The Bright Focus Foundation has announced that three different researchers from the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky have received Bright Focus grants for 2014. Professor Steve Estus and associate professors Harry LeVine and Paul Murphy were each recognized for their work on Alzheimer's disease. "Only 25 Bright Focus grants are awarded worldwide each year, so it's an achievement to get one. But three Bright Focus grants in a single year is truly exceptional," said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK HealthCare's executive vice president of health affairs. "These awards are an appropriate reflection of Sanders-Brown's international reputation for... FULL STORY

One Year After NCI Designation, Markey Continues to Grow

Posted: 7/11/2014 - Tags: Markey Cancer Center
A year ago, a crowd of hundreds gathered in Pavilion A of the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital to celebrate a long-awaited special announcement – the unveiling of the UK Markey Cancer Center as the state's first and only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center. The designation was the culmination of years of tireless work by the faculty and staff of Markey and its supporting service lines and colleges – all guided by Director Dr. Mark Evers, who came to UK in 2009 with the vision of propelling Markey to NCI designation. "Even before earning the NCI designation, we'd already taken extraordinary steps in the past few years in terms of combating... FULL STORY

Russian Cardiologist Finds Opportunity at Gill Heart Institute

Posted: 7/9/2014 - Tags: Gill Heart Institute, Faculty
In the mid-1990's, Dr. Maya Guglin was a cardiologist in Volgograd, Russia. "I was working in a 1,000-bed university hospital treating critically ill patients in the critical care unit (CCU)," Guglin says. "I had some terrific teachers and wonderful colleagues. But I felt as if something were missing…..that there were opportunities to expand my knowledge and experience that I couldn't get in my home country." Today, Guglin has a very different professional life.  As director of the Mechanical Assisted Circulation Program at the Gill Heart Institute, she oversees the care of patients with heart failure. "Contrary to how it sounds, heart failure is actually a... FULL STORY

Alzheimer's With Cerebrovascular Disease Compounds Cognitive Decline

Posted: 7/8/2014 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Research
Researchers from the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky have been able to confirm anecdotal information on patients with both Alzheimer's disease (AD) and cerebrovascular disease (CVD) using mouse models in two different studies. The findings of these two studies, which were recently published in Acta Neuropathologica and Alzheimer's Research... FULL STORY

UK College of Medicine Lecture Exposes High School Students to Real-Life

Posted: 7/2/2014 - Tags: AHEC, Students, Summer Enrichment Camps
The first surgical lesson a group of high school juniors in white lab coats learned from Dr. Joseph Iocono at 7:30 a.m. on a Tuesday was the importance of adapting to the case circumstances. Streaming a live surgery to flat-screen televisions in the multipurpose room at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Iocono gave 26 campers part of the Area Health Educational Center Summer Enrichment Program and about 75 additional guests a first look inside the operating room. The live surgery narrated by Iocono, a pediatric surgeon at Kentucky Children's Hospital and associate professor of surgery at UK, was also live-streamed to satellite classrooms in Hazard,... FULL STORY

Guo Lab Reports Finding of Revolution Biomotors in Many Bacteria and

Posted: 6/30/2014 - Tags: Research, Biomedical
Scientists at the University of Kentucky, led by nano-biotechnologist Peixuan Guo, have made some critical discoveries over the past year into the operation of biomotors, the molecular machines used by viruses and bacteria in the packaging of DNA. Biomotors function similarly to mechanical motors but on a nano-scale. Last year, Guo's team reported the discovery of a new, third class of biomotor, unique in that it uses a "revolution without rotation" mechanism. Rotation is the turning of an object around its own axle, as the Earth does every 24 hours. Revolution is the turning of an object around a second object, as the Earth does around the sun. Recently, Guo's... FULL STORY

UK-TLC Partnership Nurtures Promising Young Science Students

Posted: 6/25/2014 - Tags: Biomedical, Research, TLC
Not all learning experiences are created equally – and at the Learning Center at Linlee, an innovative partnership with the University of Kentucky College of Medicine allows young students to get rich, hands-on experience in the sciences and better their chances of succeeding in college and beyond. As part of the Fayette County Public School System, The Learning Center (TLC) is an alternative school for at-risk students who are facing personal challenges that might impede their ability to learn. These include socioeconomic factors, and, perhaps surprisingly, intellectual giftedness. Students may struggle inside a traditional classroom because the learning style or... FULL STORY

UK, Norton Expand Research and Educational Collaborations to Improve

Posted: 6/24/2014 - Tags: Research, Norton Healthcare
UK HealthCare and Norton Healthcare are building upon their history of collaboration to expand research and educational collaborations between the two institutions, with the goal of improving health and health care for all Kentuckians. Beginning July 1, educational and research initiatives between UK and Norton will be lead by Dr. Stephen Wyatt, who most recently served two successful terms as the founding dean of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. Wyatt will return to the UK College of Medicine, with joint appointment as vice president for research at Norton Healthcare. During Wyatt's tenure as dean, the College of Public Health experienced... FULL STORY

Gill Heart Institute Physician Publishes Study Guide

Posted: 6/23/2014 - Tags: Cardiovascular Medicine, Publications, Gill Heart Institute
Dr. Vincent Sorrell calls it a "labor of love" and calls it "invaluable." A University of Kentucky professor of medicine and the Anthony N. DeMaria Chair of Cardiovascular Imaging at the Gill Heart Institute, Sorrell collated more than two decades of echocardiography experience into a new book, titled "Questions, Tricks, and Tips for the Echocardiography Boards." The book will be available for purchase at several online outlets. "Questions, Tricks, and Tips for the Echocardiography Boards" is a study guide aimed at improving test-taking skills and sharpening knowledge by mimicking the style of the Examination of Special Competence in Adult... FULL STORY

Father and Son Collaborate on Research and Outreach

Posted: 6/23/2014
At first glance, it may not seem that the chair of cardiothoracic surgery in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and a horticultureextension professor and specialist in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment would share the same research interests.   But Sibu Saha and his son Shubin say the two areas fit together perfectly.    ideo Produced by UK Public Relations & Marketing. To view captions for this video, push play and click on the CC icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.  If using a mobile device, click on the "thought bubble" in the same area... FULL STORY

Dr. Gentry Receives Thomas Maciag Award

Thomas Maciag Award Gentry Posted: 6/20/2014 - Tags: Thomas Maciag Award, Awards and Recognition, Gentry
Dr. Matthew Gentry, associate professor of molecular and cellular biochemistry, has been named the recipient of the prestigious Thomas Maciag Award from the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Research Resources. Dr. Gentry received this honor in recognition of his many research accomplishments focused on understanding glucan phosphatases in neurological disease and in plant biofuels research.This is the third time that the Maciag Award, given every two years, has honored an investigator from UK's Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in the Molecular Basis of Human Disease, and the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. Dr. Haining Zhu... FULL STORY

Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Selected for Major Clinical Trial

Posted: 6/19/2014 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Research, Clinical Trials
The University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging is participating in a landmark multi-center clinical trial of an experimental drug that has the potential to prevent Alzheimer's disease (AD). The A4 Study will recruit 1,000 participants ages 65-85 to test an amyloid antibody that may prevent memory loss caused by Alzheimer's disease. Amyloid is a protein normally produced in the brain that can build up in older people, forming plaque deposits in the brain. Scientists believe this buildup of deposits may play a key role in the eventual development of Alzheimer's. Sanders-Brown is the only center in Kentucky and the only center within 200 miles of... FULL STORY
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