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St. Claire Regional Medical Center Joins UK Markey Cancer Center Research Network

Posted: 4/17/2015

The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center announced today that St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, Ky., has joined the Markey Cancer Center Research Network, a newly launched initiative conducting high priority cancer research through a network of collaborative centers with expertise in the delivery of cancer care and conduct of research studies.

Thousands of patients across eastern Kentucky will have close-to-home access to innovative clinical research studies in the treatment and epidemiology of cancer as well as research studies in the prevention and early detection of cancer.

The team at St. Claire Regional Medical Center was invited to participate based on their previous experience in conducting oncology research. St. Claire has participated in research with Markey for more than 10 years, enrolling more than 120 patients from seven surrounding counties in nearly 20 different cancer clinical studies in that time. St. Claire’s clinical research studies included those initiated at UK in priority areas of lung cancer screening and early detection, smoking cessation, treatment therapies for lung cancer, and environmental risk factors for lung cancer.

St. Claire’s long-standing oncology research portfolio will expand as a result of... FULL STORY

Tags: Markey Cancer Center

UK Pediatrician, Child Safety Advocate Named 2015 Public Health

Posted: 4/16/2015
Kentucky Children's Hospital pediatrician and child safety researcher Dr. Susan Pollack was recently honored as one of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s 2015 Public Health Heroes. The award is given annually to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents. Pollack has advocated for injury prevention and safety measures for children of... FULL STORY
Tags: Pediatric, Faculty, Awards and Recognition

Sanders-Brown Dinner to Feature Coach Matthew Mitchell

Posted: 4/11/2015
Peter Nelson, the R.C.Durr Endowed Professor in Alzheimer's disease, sits in his office and explains how the efforts of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Foundation allowed him and his colleagues to identify and name a new age-related disease called PART. "To make an Alzheimer's diagnosis you need to see two things together in a patient’s brain: amyloid plaques and structures called neurofibrillary... FULL STORY
Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Research

UK Cardiologist Explores Link Between Coffee and Heart Health

Posted: 4/9/2015 - Tags: Cardiology
After a long night and not enough sleep, many people reach for their first cup of coffee as quickly as they reach for the snooze button. Not long after the first one is down, another is poured. Love for coffee can be traced back as far as Kaldi the goat herder, who lived in Ethiopia in 800 A.D. According to legend, Kaldi noticed that his goats would become playful after eating the berries of a certain plant. Out of curiosity, he brought the plant to the abbot of the local monastery, who made it into a drink and suddenly was able to stay awake during evening prayers. Coffee, without a doubt, has secured itself in the hearts of many. But is your heart loving it... FULL STORY

High School Senior Gains Valuable Experience in Lab Work on Stroke

Posted: 4/7/2015
A Fayette County high school student has been named a finalist for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her work in a UK lab run by Dr. Greg Bix and Dr. Justin Fraser. Ishi Aron, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, won first place in the Biomedical and Health Sciences division at the Kentucky State Science Fair on March 28. She will travel to Pittsburgh in May to present her poster titled, "Novel Therapeutic Intra-Arterial Pharmacotherapy Administration For Treatment of Acute Ischemic Stroke," in the international competition. Ishi began working in the Bix/Fraser lab early in the summer of 2014 with the goal of gaining lab experience... FULL STORY

UK Students Named Among Global Health Case Competition Winners

Posted: 4/7/2015
Congratulations to University of Kentucky students who placed 2nd in the Emory Global Health Institute's 4th Annual International Global Health Case Competition. UK students competed among an elite group of 24 teams in the competition held in Atlanta, GA in March. Teams were given one week to develop strategies for reducing gun violence in Honduras and presented their proposals to a panel judges at the Rollins School of Public Health. In addition to placing 2nd in the competition, UK students were also selected by their peers for the Participant’s Choice Award for the best executed presentation and solution. The UK team included: Joshua Gwinn, Patterson School of... FULL STORY

The Christ Hospital Health Network Joins Markey Affiliate Network

Posted: 4/2/2015
The Christ Hospital Health Network (TCHHN) in Cincinnati, Oh., announced today an affiliation with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, the state's first and only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center. The affiliation will provide patients with more cancer treatment options and advanced education and research. “We look forward to expanding healthcare choices for patients with cancer with this affiliation,” said Mike Keating, president and CEO of The Christ Hospital Health Network. “Our cancer experts will work closely with their colleagues at the UK Markey Cancer Center to advance high-quality care, with a focus on exceptional outcomes,... FULL STORY

Study Translates Genetic Risk Factor into Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention

Posted: 4/2/2015 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Aging, Alzheimer's disease, Research
What if a failed leukemia drug could reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease? A team at the University of Kentucky recently led an effort to investigate this hypothesis. Their results were published today in the journal, Human Molecular Genetics. The UK researchers, led by Steve Estus at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, study a genetic variant in a gene called CD33 that reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The Estus group recently published findings suggesting that this variant promotes production of a truncated form of the CD33 protein that lacks a putative functional domain. The CD33 protein is present on microglia, the resident immune cells of the brain. CD33... FULL STORY

Kentucky Homeplace Meets Clients for Health Services, Education and

Posted: 4/1/2015 - Tags: Kentucky Homeplace, Rural Health, Center of Excellence in Rural Health, Appalachian Kentucky
Shirley Prater distinctly remembers one of the many clients she's served in her six years as a Community Health Worker (CHW) for Kentucky Homeplace. The client was diabetic, but had run out of medication due to financial challenges.  "Her husband had become disabled, she had no insurance, no income," said Prater.  "But we got her medicine for her. She'll say to me to this day, 'You kept me alive. You're the reason I'm here.' She actually gave herself an injection while she was sitting in my office. It's a humbling experience whenever you know that you've helped someone who thought there was no hope." Prater is one of more than 20 CHWs employed by... FULL STORY

UK Experts to Discuss Cancer Care on KET

Posted: 3/27/2015 - Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Research
Next week, KET will feature three University of Kentucky experts discussing cancer care in a set of programs that will accompany the three-part documentary series Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies by Ken Burns. The series, which will air March 30, 31 and April 1 at 9 p.m., is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee. On Sunday, March 29, at 1 p.m. on KET, UK Markey Cancer Center Director Dr. Mark Evers, will appear on One to One with Bill Goodman, discussing the latest news in cancer care and research, and Markey's goals to conquer cancer in the Commonwealth. Evers' interview will air... FULL STORY

Medical Journal Names UK Physician as Author of One of Most Important

Posted: 3/26/2015 - Tags: Faculty, Journals
Dr. John H. Eichhorn, professor of Anesthesiology and Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, authored a paper earlier in his career titled, "Standards for Patient Monitoring During Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School," which is named in the current issue of the prestigious journal, Anesthesia and Analgesia, as one of the top 20 most important articles in anesthesiology ever written. The Anesthesia and Analgesia review of the most important articles cites papers dating back to 1846 when the use of ether was first demonstrated (No. 1 on the list). Eichhorn's report of the work of a committee he chaired starting in... FULL STORY

Match Day Reveals Next Phase of Medical Journey for UK Students

Posted: 3/24/2015 - Tags: Match Day, Medical Education, Students
Before fourth-year University of Kentucky medical students Kenisha Webb and Tom Muse opened acceptance letters to their medical residency programs, they calculated their odds of landing at the same location. Their letters could show any of 92 possible combinations of medical institutions between the two future doctors who started dating during medical school. Sharing a podium and stage inside the Keene Barn at Keeneland on March 20, the couple declared they were both destined for Texas A... FULL STORY

Williams Named UK HealthCare Chief Transformation and Learning Officer

Posted: 3/23/2015 - Tags: OVIHD
Dr. Mark V. Williams has been named chief transformation and learning officer (CTLO) for UK HealthCare as well as co-director of the newly created Office for Value and Innovation in Healthcare Delivery (OVIHD). He will co-direct OVIHD with Dr. Bernie Boulanger, chief medical officer, and foster innovative approaches to increasing the value of patient-centered care delivery. By leveraging UK HealthCare’s growing information technology expertise and performance improvement efforts, Williams intends to collaborate with staff and leaders throughout UK HealthCare to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of care delivery through standardization across the health system... FULL STORY

In Remembrance of Dr. Robert Kraus

Posted: 3/23/2015 - Tags: Psychiatry
Robert F. Kraus, M.D. died on March 3rd at the age of 84. He was professor emeritus of Psychiatry and Anthropology at the University of Kentucky, where he served as chairman of the Department of Psychiatry from 1981 to 1991. He had a long, distinguished academic career in the area of transcultural psychiatry and was an expert in circumpolar mental health but derived the greatest pleasure from the care of patients and training future physicians.  His love of medicine continued, even as his health slowed him over the past years.  A memorial service will be announced at a future date He was educated at Marquette University, Medical College of Wisconsin,... FULL STORY

UK HealthCare Establishes Office for Value and Innovation Healthcare

Posted: 3/17/2015 - Tags: OVIHD, UK HealthCare
UK HealthCare has established the Office for Value and Innovation in Healthcare Delivery (OVIHD), aiming to provide value-based care across our health system. By re-engineering care delivery using expertise from industry, UK HealthCare will undergo a transformation of its delivery system to optimize care coordination for patients. “As the health care delivery system continues to evolve, we must be ready to respond to market needs, without losing focus on patient safety and care across the health care continuum,” said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs. “The Office for Value and Innovation in Healthcare Delivery will include process... FULL STORY