NIDA Director Examines Scope of Substance Abuse Research Undertaken at UK

Posted: 10/10/2016 - Tags: Research, CDAR
Multidisciplinary researchers unified by a mission to develop therapies, interventions and evidence-based solutions to substance use disorders delivered snapshots of their work to National Institute on Drug Abuse director Dr. Nora Volkow on Oct. 7. The series of presentations and roundtable discussion concluded Volkow’s two-day tour of Kentucky. Volkow traveled to Kentucky with the purpose of better understanding the gravity of the opioid epidemic and learn about projects underway to resolve the state’s austere substance abuse problems. Researchers from the University of Kentucky Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR), UK College of Pharmacy, and UK College... FULL STORY

UK Medical Student Works to Improve Access and Understanding of Medicine

Posted: 10/10/2016 - Tags: Medical Education, Students
Alex Wade, a third year medical student in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, wanted to give at-risk high school students opportunities they may not have known about and the chance to learn that they have the skills necessary to solve complex medical and surgical problems, even when they’re not taught how up front. To provide these opportunities, Wade founded the Medical Technologies Innovation Team. Students who participate in the program are not given a set format for solving the design problem, they choose their own groups to work in and set their own goals. This non-traditional approach to education creates an opportunity for students, who may not... FULL STORY

National Institutes of Health Directors Join Rogers and Health Leaders In

Posted: 10/7/2016
U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers along with top leaders from the National Institutes of Health spent Thursday in Hazard discussing and examining efforts to combat high rates of cancer and substance abuse disorders plaguing Kentucky's Appalachian region.Dr. Doug Lowy, director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), joined Rogers, leaders and researchers at the University of Kentucky, the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health, Appalachian Regional Healthcare and medical leaders from across southern and Eastern Kentucky.“We are honored to have these federal leaders like Dr. Volkow and Dr. Lowy... FULL STORY

Third-Year UK Medical Student Wins Big at 2016 Academic Convocation and

Posted: 10/5/2016 - Tags: Medical Education, Awards and Recognition, Academic Convocation, Students
Third-year medical student Perry Hooper won big at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine’s annual Academic Convocation and Awards Day held recently. Hooper won four awards, the most of any student, including the Cobern E. Ott Award and Anatomy Student Mentor Program Award. Hooper earned two degrees during his time as an undergraduate at the University of Kentucky, a Bachelor of Science in Spanish and Biology. When the time came to decide where to continue his medical education, UK was high on Hooper’s list. “I knew immediately after my interview here that this where I wanted to be. The medical students and staff I encountered during my interview encompassed... FULL STORY

UK Center for Health Services Research Collaborates to Study Chronic

Posted: 10/4/2016 - Tags: Center for Health Services Research, Research
Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCC) affects one in four Americans overall and about three in four Americans age 65 and older. While health care aims to relieve suffering and alleviate burden, it sometimes makes burdensome demands of patients. Patients must invest capacity — time, emotion, and attention — to do the work of being a patient, which competes with other important tasks in their lives.For patients with MCC, a shift in practice is required: one that focuses on each patient’s health situation and on the limited capacity patients have to advance their health situation, while still pursuing joyful lives.The University of Kentucky Center for Health Services Research... FULL STORY

Sanders-Brown Research Hints at Underlying Cause for Alzheimer's Drug

Posted: 10/3/2016 - Tags: Research, Alzheimer's disease, Alzheimer's research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
Because Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the leading cause of dementia, many people use the two terms interchangeably. But inadequate blood flow to the brain due to microinfarcts, mini-strokes, or strokes is a hallmark of a disease called Vascular Cognitive Impairment and Dementia (VCID). VCID is the second most common cause of dementia, and the two are not mutually exclusive – researchers estimate that 40-60% of Alzheimer’s disease patients also have VCID. A paper recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience by Donna Wilcock, PhD, of the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, reports that a certain form of immunotherapy targeted to Alzheimer's... FULL STORY

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY from The Center For Biomedical Research Excellence on

Posted: 9/30/2016 - Tags: Grant Proposals
The NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) on Obesity and Cardiovascular Diseases (see supports research focused on mechanisms linking obesity to cardiovascular diseases, as well as other obesity-related conditions (e.g., diabetes, cancer).  The program supports research of junior faculty with the intent of strengthening the UK research infrastructure in obesity and associated diseases.  Junior faculty supported through the program receive (a) financial support for specific projects that are approved by the NIH, (b) mentoring from experts in the field, and (c) access to research cores. COBRE also supports pilot... FULL STORY

Multidisciplinary Value Program Boosts Team Science to Address Kentucky

Posted: 9/30/2016
Six teams of researchers and physician scientists have become the inaugural recipients of pilot funding from the new Multidisciplinary Value Program (MVP), which aims to boost team science that will impact University of Kentucky patients and wellbeing in the Commonwealth. Each MVP team will launch a new clinical trial that brings cutting-edge science to patients and communities.Kentucky has many of the worst health outcomes in the nation, and addressing the multidimensional underpinnings of these disparities requires a range of expertise that bridges research, patient care, education, and community engagement. The MVP provides a new opportunity and up to $100,000 in... FULL STORY

Symposium Showcases Clinical and Translational Research in the

Posted: 9/29/2016 - Tags: Neurology, Research, Kentucky Neuroscience Institute
More than 200 scientists and clinical investigators gathered last week to share insights and learn more about translational and clinical neuroscience research underway at the University of Kentucky. The 2016 Clinical-Translational Neuroscience Research Symposium, hosted by the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, featured nearly 100 poster and oral presentations focused on the latest scientific advances in a wide variety of topics related to the neurosciences being conducted by UK research groups. According to Dr. Larry B. Goldstein, chair of the UK Department of Neurology and KNI co-director, the symposium's goal was to provide a venue for “showcasing the incredible... FULL STORY

Kentucky Cancer Registry Uses Power of Data to Fight Disease

Posted: 9/27/2016 - Tags: Kentucky Cancer Registry, Cancer
When most people think of the "fight against cancer," mental images of doctors counseling patients or white-coated researchers looking through a microscope often come to mind. However, clinicians and researchers across the country wouldn't be able to make major strides forward in cancer care without the critical information provided by cancer registries. In the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Cancer Registry (KCR) has been dedicated to providing medical personnel with valuable cancer data for 30 years. Originally beginning as a voluntary reporting system in 1986, the KCR has grown into a robust, unique registry that catalogs uniform data on approximately 29,000 cases... FULL STORY

Johnson, Latterman Ranked Among Top Knee Surgeons by Orthopedics This Week

Posted: 9/27/2016
Drs. Darren Johnson and Christian Latterman, both professors in the University of Kentucky Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, have been ranked as two of the “16 Standout North American Sports Knee Surgeons” by the publication Orthopedics This Week, the most widely read publication in the Orthopedics industry. “I am truly honored and humbled to be recognized at this level. I have always strived to provide the best care to the patients I serve," said Johnson who has been working at UK since 1993 and serves as chair of the department. “This could not be accomplished without those that I work with in my department including colleagues and partners,... FULL STORY

Fran Feltner awarded KRHA’s Dan Martin Award

Posted: 9/25/2016 - Tags: Center of Excellence in Rural Health, Awards and Recognition
Award honors lifetime contribution to rural health in Kentucky For Immediate ReleaseMedia Contact:Tina 577-1707September 21, 2016 – The Kentucky Rural Health Association (KRHA), which is dedicated to improving the health status of rural Kentuckians through education and advocacy, has announced the 2016 Dan Martin Award recipient, Dr. Fran Feltner.Dr. Fran Feltner has served the residents of Kentucky’s rural counties for nearly 40 years. She has served as a nurse in clinics, hospitals and as a director of community health workers. Since June 2011 she has been serving as Director of the University of Kentucky’s Center of Excellence in Rural... FULL STORY