Family Manages Challenges of Diabetes with Help from Barnstable Brown

Posted: 8/11/2016 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
A natural instinct for parents is to protect their children by keeping them healthy and safe; but what do you do as a parent when not just one, but both your children are diagnosed with a chronic illness like diabetes, as well as your spouse, and all within a relatively short amount of time? After shaking one young family to their very core, they picked themselves up and took the reins, and now meet the challenge head on, every day, and literally around the clock, with the help of the University of Kentucky's Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center. James and Lisa Middleton look like the couple next door. Lisa, an energetic and personable young woman,... FULL STORY

Calipari, Johnson Speak at Annual Southern Orthopaedic Association Meeting

Posted: 8/10/2016 - Tags: Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic
his year’s Southern Orthopaedic Association meeting brought a lot of the Big Blue Nation to gator country. The annual meeting gives orthopaedic and sports medicine doctors the opportunity to meet and learn about advancements in the field. The meeting took place July 27-30 in Naples, Florida. Dr. Darren Johnson, chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, is currently serving as the president of the association, the first orthopaedic surgeon from Kentucky to be elected to the position. “It’s exciting for our state, its nice to be recognized, said Johnson. Dr. Scott Mair, UK professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, also served as the association... FULL STORY

Appalachian Health and Well-Being Forum Focuses on Southeastern Kentucky

Posted: 8/4/2016 - Tags: Appalachian Kentucky, Center of Excellence in Rural Health
As Southeastern Kentucky works to address well-documented and long-standing regional disparities in health and well-being, scientists from the University of Kentucky and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) came together with community leaders and research partners recently for the Appalachian Health and Well-Being Forum, which highlighted innovative health promotion and disease prevention programs and activities in the region. Held at the Letcher County UK Cooperative Extension Office, the forum provided an opportunity for residents and investigators interested in health and well-being to share success stories and lessons learned from past... FULL STORY

Frankfort Regional Medical Center Joins UK HealthCare/Norton Healthcare

Posted: 8/3/2016 - Tags: Neurology, Stroke, Stroke Care Network
Frankfort Regional Medical Center has become the newest member of the Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare Stroke Care Network, a community-based stroke initiative providing the highest quality clinical and educational programs to hospital staff and the community. As part of the Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare Stroke Care Network, Frankfort Regional Medical Center will participate in the sharing of best practices and outcomes data to promote continuous quality improvement in stroke care. Additionally, two neurologists from UK HealthCare – Dr. Danny Rose and Dr. Ayman Al-Salaimeh – have joined the medical staff at Frankfort Regional Medical Center to provide neurology... FULL STORY

UK Researcher Leads International Epilepsy Cure Initiative

Posted: 8/1/2016 - Tags: Research, Biochemistry,  Epilepsy
University of Kentucky College of Medicine Professor Matthew Gentry will direct a team international scientists recently awarded a five-year, $8.5 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to pursue a cure for Lafora’s disease. The International Epilepsy Cure Center based at the UK College of Medicine’s Department of Molecular Medicine and Biochemistry represents a collaborative effort to advance translational research and improve the diagnosis and treatment of Lafora’s disease, with the ultimate goal of finding a cure. An inherited neurodegenerative condition, Lafora’s disease appears in patients during adolescence and causes severe epilepsy, loss of speech... FULL STORY

This Year’s White Coat Ceremony Has Extra Meaning for UK Physician

Posted: 7/29/2016 - Tags: Medical Education, Student Affairs, White Coat Ceremony
White coat ceremonies are held at medical schools across the country and are always meaningful for faculty and staff. New medical students begin their commitment to educating and caring for their fellow citizens. For Dr. Donna Grigsby, chief of the Division of General Academic Pediatrics, this year’s ceremony will be especially meaninfgul. Dr. Grigsby’s son, Charlie Grigsby, will be one of the students on stage receiving a white coat. It’s not uncommon for medical students to have parents in the medical profession. While Charlie says seeing that his mom “really loved her job” eventually influenced his decision to pursue medicine, it wasn’t always the path he thought... FULL STORY

UK CDAR Leads Research Investigating Progressive Therapies to Treat Opioid

Posted: 7/26/2016 - Tags: CDAR
Even with the assistance of detoxification and rehabilitation programs, 80 percent of people attempting recovery from opioid addiction will relapse.The firm grip of opioid addiction on a person’s life necessitates sustainable therapeutic approaches proven effective through scientific trials and evidence.“We increasingly recognize that opiate addiction is a complex medical disorder with significant psychosocial influences as well,” said Dr. Michelle Lofwall, an addiction medicine specialist and psychiatrist at the University of Kentucky Center on Drug an Alcohol Research (CDAR). “This is similar to other chronic complex medical disorders that are not... FULL STORY

Stoops Appointed Editor of American Psychological Association Journal

Posted: 7/26/2016 - Tags: Behavioral Science, Faculty
Dr. William Stoops, associate professor in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been appointed editor of Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, a journal published by the American Psychological Association. Stoops will serve in this role from 2018 to 2023. Beginning in 2017, he will serve as incoming editor, overlapping with outgoing editor Dr. Suzette Evans. Stoops received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology at the University of Kentucky and completed his postdoctoral work at UK in the Department of Behavioral Science. Following his education, he joined the University of Kentucky faculty in the Department of Behavioral Science. His research... FULL STORY

Mentoring a Key Factor in Spinal Cord Researcher's Success

Posted: 7/25/2016 - Tags: Spinal Cord, scobirc, Research
In ivory towers all over the world, experts ponder the factors that foster career success and overall well-being in their college graduates. Gallup tried to answer the same question. In a 2014 poll of more than 30,000 graduates, the polling juggernaut tried to find connections between the college experience and long-term career and personal "wellness." In other words: did graduates feel they had achieved personal and career success? And if so, what college experiences contributed to that? What the poll found was that the three most powerful elements linked to long-term success for college grads were about emotional support: Did they have a professor who made them... FULL STORY

Vanderford Featured in New Issue of Science

Posted: 7/22/2016 - Tags: Science
In a commentary published in the July 22 issue of Science, Nathan Vanderford, assistant director for research at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, describes his path to landing a nontraditional faculty position at UK. Science is one of the world’s most prestigious research journals. Many new doctorate recipients are unaware of their nontraditional career options and of the challenges they may face when pursuing them. Vanderford, who applied for dozens of non-research jobs after earning his doctorate, knows this all too well. In his commentary, he recounts some of the obstacles he encountered during his own job search, and the realization that helped... FULL STORY

Novel Intervention Helps Adolescents Dealing with Substance Abuse

Posted: 7/21/2016 - Tags: Psychiatry, Substance Abuse
In Kentucky, substance use by adolescents, rates of tobacco use, binge drinking and use of other drugs are higher than the national average. More concerning is that early use of these substances can quickly lead to dependence and be an indicator of lifelong use. A unique University of Kentucky program is working to help adolescents during health and recovery from substance abuse by connecting them with someone who has been in their shoes. In 2014, the University of Kentucky Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry received funding from the state to develop a model clinic for adolescent substance use treatment, Adolescent Health and Recovery Treatment and Training... FULL STORY

Williams to Join Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Expert Panel

Posted: 7/15/2016 - Tags: Faculty
Dr. Mark Williams, director of the Center for Health Services Research and chief in the Division of Hospital Medicine at UK HealthCare, has been selected to be part of an expert panel for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Strategic Innovation Engine. Williams will begin participating on the panel mid-July. The Strategic Innovation Engine, the latest addition to CMS’ Quality Improvement Organization efforts, is working to identify, evaluate and spread high impact, high value quality improvement practices. They are seeking innovative ideas from throughout the health care delivery system that will further CMS’ three part aim of better care, healthier people/... FULL STORY