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Gill Goes Red: Heart-Healthy Tips, Treats and Prizes on Feb. 5

Posted: 1/29/2016

At noon on Friday, Feb. 5, UK's Gill Heart Institute will be "going red."

February is Heart Month and Feb. 5 is the American Heart Association's "Go Red Day" celebrating women's heart health. The women — and men — of the Gill Heart Institute use the day to educate women about the differences in women's vs. men's hearts, heart disease and heart attack symptoms.

According to Dr. Gretchen Wells, director of the Women's Heart Health Program at the Gill Heart Institute, women's hearts are different than men's in certain ways, which can affect the way women develop heart disease and experience heart attack symptoms.

"People assume all heart attacks feel like a crushing in the chest, but often, and for women in particular, the symptoms of a heart attack can be quite different," Wells said. "Events like 'Go Red Day' give us another opportunity to teach women what to look for and how to take the best care of your heart."

Wells also points out that there are biological, social and psychological factors that change the way women experience heart disease and act on its symptoms.

"Awareness is key to helping women understand what to look for and when to seek treatment," she said.

On 'Go Red Day' at noon, Wells will offer tips for women's heart... FULL STORY

Tags: Gill Heart Institute, Heart Awareness

Ambati Laboratory Discovers New Antibody Function

Posted: 1/28/2016
The laboratory of Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and an international team of researchers from Italy, United Kingdom, Japan, France, The Netherlands, Australia, Sweden and Czech Republic, detail the discovery of a previously unrecognized function for antibodies in two articles this week in the inaugural... FULL STORY
Tags: Ophthalmology, Research

UK Scientist Profiles Get 324,000 Views on LabTV

Posted: 1/27/2016
Over the last six months, videos of 22 biomedical researchers from the University of Kentucky, featured on the national website LabTV, have garnered 324,000 views. features thousands of researchers working at dozens of leading universities, corporations, and the National Institutes of Health. In these videos medical researchers tell... FULL STORY
Tags: Research

Three Postdoctoral Scientists Highlighted During Poster Session

Posted: 1/27/2016 - Tags: Saha Cardiovascular Research Center, Students, Research
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine recently hosted the eighth annual Postdoctoral Poster Presentation Session where three students received top honors for significant research in diverse medical science subjects. Nineteen posters from the basic and clinical sciences were presented in the atrium of the Biomedical Biological Sciences Research Building in December. The program is designed as a training exercise to prepare postdoctoral students for presenting research at conferences. The top three papers receive monetary prizes and will be presented during the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series on May 6, 2016. Honorees include: • Prabhakara Nagareddy, a... FULL STORY

Native Appalachian Strives to Improve Rural Health

Posted: 1/27/2016
With picturesque mountains, moderate weather, a rich history and a culture filled with art and music, Appalachia is a region many are proud to call home. Unfortunately, Appalachia is also home to the highest rates of smoking and smoking-related diseases – such as lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – in the nation. Brady Reynolds works in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine's Department of Behavioral Science. With a deep personal connection to Appalachia and a love for the region, Reynolds works in Eastern Kentucky to help find new strategies to reduce smoking rates and improve the health of the community. Reynolds grew up... FULL STORY

Immunotherapy Research Leads to "Triple Play" for Sanders-Brown

Posted: 1/25/2016 - Tags: Research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Immunotherapy Research
In the late 1990s, Donna Wilcock was exploring electrical activity in the epileptic brain as part of her undergraduate study in England, but her focus took an interesting turn as her studies into brain function deepened. "I began to wonder what, exactly, was going wrong in the brain as people developed dementia? What made them forget things?" said Wilcock. And that question bloomed into a career path focused on the triggers for a disease process that affects millions of people worldwide. After stints in several university laboratories in the U.S., Wilcock was recruited to the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging in 2011 and is now associate... FULL STORY

UK HealthCare, Cincinnati Children's Finalize Agreement to Partner

Posted: 1/20/2016 - Tags: Clinical, UK HealthCare
UK HealthCare and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have finalized an agreement to partner for pediatric heart care and other services. A Letter of Intent (LOI) for a partnership was announced between the two health care systems last September. The collaboration combines the strengths of the region's leading provider of advanced subspecialty care in UK HealthCare with one of the country's leaders in children's health care, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and will enable more Kentucky children to receive care closer to home. The initial focus of the partnership will be pediatric heart care services with the goal of delivering outstanding... FULL STORY

Sanders-Brown Research Reveals Connection Between Tauopathies and

Posted: 1/20/2016 - Tags: Research
Assistant Professor Joe Abisambra, researcher at the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, has demonstrated for the first time that tau impairs protein synthesis — a key component in memory loss. "Though the exact mechanisms leading to memory loss in tauopathies are not yet known, the scientific community has acknowledged for years that in Alzheimer’s disease brains, tau associates with ribosomes, the hub of protein production. " said Abisambra. Ribosomes are our cellular "factories," tasked with making the proteins essential to proper cellular function. Using both in vivo and in vitro models, Abisambra and his lab were able to demonstrate that... FULL STORY

UK Study Calls for Closer Examination of Transitional Care Management

Posted: 1/17/2016 - Tags: Research
Reducing excessive medical costs associated with high hospital readmission rates is a pillar of health care reform. From 2007 to 2011, as many as 19 percent of patients in the United States returned to hospitals less than a month after discharge, accounting for an estimated $15 million in preventable hospitalization costs. In an effort to prevent adverse outcomes for chronically ill and aging patients and reduce the burden of cost on the government, Medicare providers have implemented transitional care management programs (TCMs) as a bundled component of Medicare payment plans. TCMs comprise a broad set of services and interventions designed to ease the transition... FULL STORY

AHEC Summer Camp Applications Open to High School Sophomore, Juniors

Posted: 1/14/2016 - Tags: AHEC, Summer Enrichment Camps, College of Medicine
The University of Kentucky Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is now accepting applications for its 2016 Summer Health Career programs for high school-age students aspiring to enter the health profession. AHEC will host a four-week Summer Enrichment Program on the University of Kentucky campus from June 19 to July 15, 2016. Students accepted into the Summer Enrichment Program will observe and learn from UK faculty members, health professionals and health profession students. Students will attend classes in biology, chemistry and physics. The Summer Enrichment Program is open to current high school sophomores and is designed to provide students with insight into... FULL STORY

Marin Appointed to Board of Directors at Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

Posted: 1/13/2016
Carlos Marin, assistant dean for community and cultural engagement at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been appointed to serve on the board of directors for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The 15-member Board’s role is to uphold the Foundation’s mission of addressing the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians and provide financial and programmatic oversight. At UK Marin is also program director for the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) which includes three primary programs; Health Careers Pipeline, Community Faculty and Student Services. The Foundation is a credible source of health policy information and analysis and makes grants,... FULL STORY

New UK Course Prepares PhDs for the Realities of a Crowded Job Market

Posted: 1/11/2016 - Tags: Professional News, Faculty, Faculty Development
In a recent article in the journal Nature Biotechnology, University of Kentucky Assistant Professor Nathan Vanderford and doctoral candidate Heather Norman-Burgdolf describe a course developed to help graduate students and postdoctoral fellows be prepared for the realities of the job market. Every year, doctoral graduates enter the job market in search of tenure-track professorship positions at universities throughout the world. Unfortunately, the number of new Ph.D. recipients increases each year while openings for current and new professors fail to keep pace. As a result, it often takes years for many doctoral graduates to land a tenure-track position at a... FULL STORY

Thrill of Research Results in Funding to Study Prevention of Stem Cell

Posted: 1/5/2016 - Tags: Research, Internal Medicine
Five days before Christmas, University of Kentucky researcher Ying Liang, MD, PhD, received what she described as the best gift ever: a letter of notification that she received a prestigious R01 grant, totaling $1.88 million over five years, from the National Institutes of Health. Not only was it her first such award, she scored at the second percentile, an uncommonly high score indicating that her proposal was nearly flawless. A glimpse of her CV and her obvious passion for research render the award somewhat less surprising. Liang, assistant professor of toxicology and cancer biology, describes research as “thrilling," and she's dedicated her career to studying a... FULL STORY

New Dean of the UK College of Medicine

Posted: 1/4/2016 - Tags: Dean
University of Kentucky Provost Tim Tracy and Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Michael Karpf announced Monday that Dr. Robert DiPaola, director of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Vice Chancellor for Cancer Programs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, has been named dean of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Dr. DiPaola is expected to assume the dean's position in the early spring, pending approval from the UK Board of Trustees. DiPaola was selected following a national search, which was co-chaired by Linda Van Eldik, director of UK's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, and John Walz, dean of the College of Engineering... FULL STORY

Hardin Memorial Health Joins Markey Research Network

Posted: 12/21/2015 - Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Cancer Network
Hardin Memorial Health has joined the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Research Network, allowing patients across Central Kentucky to participate in clinical trials in Elizabethtown, officials announced Friday. Physicians and other leaders from HMH and the UK Markey Cancer Center – Kentucky’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated center – celebrated the new partnership at the HMH Cancer Care Center in Elizabethtown. In recognition of this higher level of patient care, HMH cancer patients attended the event and hung holiday ornaments in awareness of some of the area’s most prevalent cancers. “For patients and physicians, cancer treatment is a battle... FULL STORY