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Post Doctoral Students Can Share Research in June 12 Symposium

Posted: 5/22/2015

They conduct lab research and teach classes, but they are neither faculty nor graduate students. Postdoctoral scholars, or postdocs, serve an important role at the University of Kentucky, however, they are scattered across various departments and have not always had an opportunity to meet and share their work.

Professor Susan Odom in the Department of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, said, "Most postdocs don’t have any kind of formal gatherings that are specifically targeted toward them."

In 2014, Odom collaborated with Matt Casselman, a postdoc in chemistry, to organize UK’s Society of Postdoctoral Scholars (SOPS). SOPS offers weekly activities like professional development workshops or research presentations.

On Friday, June 12, SOPS will host its first Postdoctoral Research Symposium at the William T. Young Library. The symposium will allow for the exchange of ideas across a broad range of fields, and abstract submissions are welcome from any discipline.

“It’s a great way to bring everyone together, to network, and further everybody’s goals,” Casselman said.

The symposium will feature the university’s Vice President for Research Lisa Cassis as the keynote speaker, as well as oral presentations given by postdoctoral scholars... FULL STORY

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Hildebrandt Named Division Chief of Markey Hematology

Posted: 5/22/2015
Dr. Gerhard Hildebrandt has been named the Division Chief of Hematology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center. Hildebrandt's clinical focus is cancers of the blood and lymph system. He sees patients before and after blood or marrow stem cell transplantation and treats patients suffering from acute... FULL STORY
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'Healthiest Weekend in Lexington' to Benefit Markey

Posted: 5/21/2015
Through his Ironcology fundraising organization, University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center oncologist and local triathlete Dr. Jonathan Feddock is partnering with the Markey Cancer Foundation to host "The Healthiest Weekend in Lexington," a two-day event June 12-13 that will focus on community engagement, cancer awareness, and promoting a... FULL STORY

Students Awarded for Leadership of UKMED Program

Posted: 5/20/2015
Third-year medical students Joyce Achenjang, Nana Sarpong, and Samuel Crocker recently received the Spirit of Advocacy Award at the UK Health Colleges Student Diversity Office’s Inaugural Celebration of Excellence in Diversity Awards Reception. The Spirit of Advocacy Award is presented annually to a university group that has shown great leadership in the advancement of diversity and inclusion efforts. The student leaders accepted the award in recognition if their work with the UKMED Program. UKMED is an annual recruitment program held in early August by the UK College of Medicine. The goal of UKMED is to attract pre-medical students from underrepresented populations to... FULL STORY

Gill Heart Institute Receives $2.85 Million Grant to Study How Diet,

Posted: 5/19/2015 - Tags: Gill Heart Institute, Reseach
Researchers at the University of Kentucky's Gill Heart Institute have been awarded a four year, $2.85 million grant from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute to study the mechanisms by which diet and family history increase the risk of heart attacks. "Although the risk of heart attacks is clearly increased by lifestyle factors such as smoking and obesity, family history is also an important factor, but we don't know exactly how the genes that associate with this risk alter the biological processes that give rise to heart disease" said Andrew Morris, Ph.D., with the Gill Heart Institute. "This new grant will support ongoing studies into the genetic cascade of... FULL STORY

UK College of Medicine: Prominent Cornerstone in UK's Rich History

Posted: 5/18/2015
The University of Kentucky is currently celebrating 150 years as the state's flagship, land-grant institution of higher education. From the early days as a school of agriculture to the vast campus that comprises UK today, the university has evolved into a nationally recognized leader in academics as well as a leader in patient care, medical education and research. The dream of a state medical center at UK became a reality in the mid-1950s when then governor Albert B. Chandler made creating a world-class medical center and medical college a priority during his appointment in office in an effort to make better health care more accessible to Kentuckians. Today, the UK... FULL STORY

Medical Student Provides Critical Care Training to Nepali Doctors Before

Posted: 5/15/2015 - Tags: Students, Medical Education
Not even sopping wet hiking gear could blemish Jennifer Cotton's memory of a pink- and orange-hued morning sun surfacing over the Himalayan mountain line. In between medical training sessions at Tribhuvan University in Nepal, the fourth-year University of Kentucky medical student trekked across the Kathmandu Valley, stopping at small villages along the way, with a group of colleagues from around the world. On the first day of their adventure, a constant pouring of rain drenched their clothes, which they dried over a campfire that night. But Cotton dismissed the wet, rugged outdoor conditions when she woke at 4 a.m. to a magnificent illumination across the sky. "... FULL STORY

Gill Heart Institute Receives Gold Quality Achievement Award

Posted: 5/13/2015 - Tags: Gill Heart Institute, Awards and Recognition
UK HealthCare's Gill Heart Institute has received the "Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation Gold Quality Achievement Award" for maintaining specific quality measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer cardiac arrests in the hospital. This year marks the second year that Gill has received Gold designation. "We are committed to providing the best possible outcomes for our patients, and it's gratifying to have the quality of our care acknowledged by the American Heart Association," said Dr. Susan Smyth, director of UK HealthCare's Gill Heart Institute. According to Dr. Melina Aguinaga-Meza, Gill Heart Institute's... FULL STORY

UK Board Approves Four University Research Professorships

Posted: 5/9/2015 - Tags: Reseach, Biochemistry, Faculty
The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees today approved University Research Professorships for 2015-16 for four faculty members. The professorships carry a $40,000 award to support research. Funds for these annual awards are provided by the Office of the Vice President for Research. Now in its 39th year, the University Research Professors program's purpose is to enhance and encourage scholarly research productivity, to provide an opportunity for concentrated research effort for selected faculty members, and to recognize outstanding research achievement by members of the faculty. The 2015-16 University Research Professors are: Lance E. De Long, a professor... FULL STORY

Early Passion for Science, Medicine Puts UK Grad on Fast Track to Medical

Posted: 5/7/2015 - Tags: Medical Education, Students
Two seems to be a lucky number for graduating senior Sibi Rajendran, of Frankfort, Kentucky. Two years ago, Rajendran, the son of Narayanan and Preetha Rajendran, graduated from two high schools simultaneously in two different Kentucky communities. He finished his secondary studies at Franklin County High School, in Frankfort, and the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, in Bowling Green, in May of 2013. On May 9, with the benefit of college studies completed at the Gatton Academy, Rajendran is finishing up his major in biology and minor in neuroscience in two years at UK at only 18 years old. He will head to UK College of Medicine this fall. While... FULL STORY

Grant Funds Continued Study of Aging and Alzheimer's Disease in Down

Posted: 5/6/2015
Two researchers from the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging have received a multi-million dollar grant renewal to unlock the mysteries of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and brain aging with the help of people with Down syndrome (DS). People with Down syndrome have a third copy of Chromosome 21, and that chromosome is the same one responsible for the production of a molecule called amyloid precursor protein. Since amyloid overproduction causes the brain plaques that are a cardinal feature of AD, virtually 100 percent of DS people have Alzheimer's pathology in their brain by the time they are 40, although many of them do not yet have the dementia that is the clinical... FULL STORY

Charity Toast and Casino Night

Posted: 5/4/2015
Join the UK COM students for the 2nd Annual Charity Toast and Casino Night on Friday, May 8, 2015 from 7-11:30 p.m. at the Barrel House Events Center. Socialize and play casino games as students honor Dr. Brian Adkins. Click here to view the flyer for this event.  Proceeds will benefit the UK Salvation Army Clinic. RSVP to   

Fowlkes Returns to UK to Lead Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center

Posted: 5/4/2015 - Tags: Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center, Reseach
Dr. John Fowlkes took the helm as new director of the University of Kentucky's Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center earlier this year with a vision to build upon the center's past work and develop a robust and comprehensive adult and pediatric center providing research, education and patient care for the thousands of Kentuckians diagnosed with diabetes. But the Texas native who has spent the last decade at the University of Arkansas Children's Hospital, has found himself in familiar territory. Fowlkes, who succeeds Dr. Philip Kern who served as the Center's inaugural director and who had been performing a dual role as director of the UK's Center for Clinical... FULL STORY

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

Posted: 5/4/2015 - Tags: Reseach, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society hosted their fourth annual "Meet the Researchers Day" last Thursday. 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 Bondurant Middle School (BMS) in Frankfort, Ky., and Shelby County West Middle School (SCWMS) in Shelbyville, Ky., won the opportunity to visit the Biomedical/Biological Sciences Research Building (BBSRB) on UK's campus and learned more about how the money they raised for Pennies for Patients will help further cancer... FULL STORY

Gill Heart Institute's Walk With a Doc is Back

Posted: 5/1/2015 - Tags: Gill Heart Institute
Put on your walking shoes and join the Gill Heart Institute cardiologist Dr. Alison Bailey for the 2015 Walk with a Doc season. From April through August, the program will meet twice a month on Thursdays for a 30 minute walk at the UK Arboretum. No registration is required, but you can sign up to receive email reminders at: "There are countless physical activities to choose from, but walking is a simple and inexpensive change you can make to improve your health," Bailey said. "Since the thought of being alone can be... FULL STORY