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UK Student Earns Halcomb Fellowship for Research Merging Physics and Medicine

Posted: 9/25/2015

University of Kentucky medical student and doctoral candidate Scott Thalman, who is developing novel imaging techniques for identifying early risk factors for sudden cardiac death, received the Halcomb Fellowship for researchers in medicine and engineering.

The fellowship supports a graduate student in the University of Kentucky Colleges of Engineering and Medicine who is involved in interdisciplinary research in the field of biomedical engineering.

Now a biomedical engineering student, Thalman studied solid-state physics at Brigham Young University before entering the joint medical degree and doctorate program at the University of Kentucky. Having completed his first two years of medical school, he is now helping to develop innovative techniques in cardiac imaging in the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) lab of Moriel Vandsburger. In place of standard MRI techniques, Thalman employs his expertise in physics to characterize clinical scans of the heart using magnetization transfer-weighted methods.

The lab group is testing a non-invasive technique to diagnose cardiac fibrosis in patients with chronic kidney disease who are unable to receive injected contrast agents. Cardiac fibrosis, the development of scar tissue in the heart, is a strong predictor of... FULL STORY

Tags: Students, research, Awards and Recognition

Registration Open for Fifth Annual Markesbery Symposium Set for

Posted: 9/24/2015
UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) is hosting its fifth annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia on Nov. 20-21. This two day program will offer sessions for both scientific and community audiences. Clinicians and researchers from the University of Kentucky and other institutions will come together to share current findings, trends... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging

New NIH and Journal Requirements for Research Forum

Posted: 9/23/2015
Joint efforts are underway by NIH and leading journals to enhance reproducibility in scientific research through increased rigor and transparency in study design, conduct and data reporting.  Please join us to learn more about current expectations and opportunities to address these requirements for grant funding and publishing research.  Presented... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, Forum, NIH

UK's Butterfield Receives NIH Grant to Study Parkinson's Disease

Posted: 9/22/2015 - Tags: NIH Award, Research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
D. Allan Butterfield, professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Chemistry and Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA), has been awarded a $413,000, two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study a new model of Parkinson's disease (PD). PD is the second most common age-related neurodegenerative disease in the United States and is manifested by movement abnormalities, postural instability, loss of smell (anosmia), deposition of the protein, alpha-synuclein, and in late stages, cognitive dysfunction. The brain is attacked by free radicals, many emanating from neuronal mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cell) to cause damage to proteins and... FULL STORY

CCTS Researcher Appointed Associate Editor of Stem Cell Text

Posted: 9/18/2015
A University of Kentucky doctoral student in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) served as a major contributor to a scientific reference book about emerging concepts in stem cell developmental biology, research, therapy, politics and ethics. Dr. Krisha Vyas, a 2014 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, was appointed as associate editor of the three-volume "SAGE Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research, Second Edition." Vyas received his bachelor’s of science in biology from UK in 2009, then went on to receive a master’s of health science in molecular biology and immunology from Johns Hopkins University in 2010. After returning to... FULL STORY

Muscular Dystrophy Association Funds ALS Research at UK

Posted: 9/16/2015 - Tags: Research, Biochemistry, ALS
The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) awarded Haining Zhu, a professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, a three-year, $300,000 grant to study the underlying mechanisms of ALS. In an effort to accelerate treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases, the MDA distributed $10 million in grants this summer to scientists conducting significant research on muscular dystrophy, ALS and other muscle-debilitating diseases. Zhu’s research seeks to understand the mutations of the Fused in Sarcoma (FUS) gene, which is a known cause of ALS. He was one of 36 international researchers — and the only researcher in Kentucky —... FULL STORY

UK Conference to Focus on Integrating Behavioral Health Care Into Primary

Posted: 9/11/2015
The University of Kentucky College of Social Work in collaboration with the UK Department of Family and Community Medicine and KVC Behavioral Health is hosting a conference on integrated behavioral health into the primary care field on Sept. 18. The conference will bring social workers, physicians, psychologists, nurses and certified alcohol and other drug abuse counselors (CADCs) together to better understand pressing issues facing today's health care industry. Carlton Craig, a faculty associate at the UK Center on Trauma and Children and associate professor of social work, said, "We hope that this Integrated Behavioral Health Conference will serve the community... FULL STORY

UK Board Holds Historic Meeting in Hazard

Posted: 9/11/2015
In 2015, the University of Kentucky commemorated 150 years as the Commonwealth's flagship, land-grant institution. As part of that yearlong celebration, the institution and its leaders are finding ways to underscore the enduring commitment — and linkage — between the Commonwealth and a university that exists to serve the state. On Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, UK's Board of Trustees is holding its regularly scheduled two-day meeting in Hazard. Two board committees met yesterday; more will meet today, the full board of Trustees meets at 1 p.m. today at Hazard Community and Technical College.  The agenda can be found here: FULL STORY

American Heart Association Council Honors UK Cardiovascular Researcher

Posted: 9/10/2015 - Tags: research, American Heart Association
The American Heart Association’s Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology (ATVB) will award Nancy Webb, a professor of pharmacology and nutritional sciences at the University of Kentucky, with its 2015 AHA Special Recognition Award in Arteriosclerosis. The ATVB council supports basic, translational and clinical research concerned with diseases of the blood vessels. The council annually bestows the Special Recognition Award to a member who has contributed significantly to the scientific council over time and enhanced this field of the profession. Arteriosclerosis, the leading cause of heart attack and stroke, occurs when plaque gradually... FULL STORY

UK Researchers Find “Dormant” Parasite Cysts Are Actually Quite Active

Posted: 9/8/2015 - Tags: research
A new University of Kentucky study in the journal mBio shows that tissue cysts of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, long thought to be dormant, are quite active. Led by Anthony Sinai, professor at the UK College of Medicine, the study has significant implications on the understanding of chronic toxoplasmosis in the brain, a condition suggested to contribute to a range of neurological diseases including schizophrenia in humans, and the modulation of behavior in rodents. Toxoplasmosis can be acquired from the droppings of infected cats as well as the consumption of tissue cyst contaminated meat,infects roughly one-third of the human population. Infected individuals... FULL STORY

UK Behavioral Scientist Named to Prestigious NIH Grant Review Panel

Posted: 9/4/2015 - Tags: Behavioral Science, Faculty, Awards and Recognition
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review recently appointed University of Kentucky behavioral pharmacologist William W. Stoops, Ph.D., as a charter member of its new Interventions to Prevent and Treat Addictions study section. Members selected for service on the committee demonstrate competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evident by the quality of their research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors. In his appointed capacity, Stoops will review grant applications for scientific merit and survey the status of research in various... FULL STORY

UK HealthCare, Cincinnati Children's Sign Letter of Intent for

Posted: 9/3/2015
UK HealthCare and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to move toward a significant partnership to provide pediatric heart care services in the region. The partnership combines the strengths of the region's leading provider of advanced subspecialty care in UK HealthCare with one of the country's undisputed leaders in children's health care, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. The collaboration will enable more Kentucky children to receive care closer to home. "In partnering with Cincinnati Children's we will be teaming-up with one of the top three children's hospitals in the country and a... FULL STORY

Four Students Committed to Cardiovascular Health, Education Receive Saha

Posted: 9/2/2015 - Tags: Saha Cardiovascular Research Center, research, Awards and Recognition
The University of Kentucky Saha Cardiovascular Research Center has selected four students committed to futures in cardiovascular health as the recipients of the 2015 Saha Awards for Cardiovascular Research and Education. Second-year University of Kentucky medical student Kristin Andres earned the 2015 recipient of the medical student honor. Committed to a clinical career in pediatric cardiology, Andres received a Professional Student Mentored Research Fellowship for the 2015-2016 academic year. Jennifer Miller, a doctoral candidate in the UK College of Nursing, received the University of Kentucky Nursing Student Award. With intentions of continuing scholarly... FULL STORY

Markey, T.J. Samson Growing Oncology Program in Glasgow

Posted: 8/28/2015 - Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Cancer Network
T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow, Ky., announced that it has entered into a formal collaboration with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center to further develop its oncology service line. “At T.J. Samson we have wonderful medical professionals that are excellent at providing individualized treatment options. By collaborating with the Markey Cancer Center, we have just provided them a whole new world of resources to offer their patients locally,” Bud Wethington, CEO/President of T.J. Regional Health. Kentucky faces some of the highest rates of cancer incidence and mortality in the nation. By working with Markey, T.J. Samson is committed to... FULL STORY

Why the HPV Vaccine Should be Addressed as Cancer Prevention

Posted: 8/19/2015
For women younger than 40, cervical cancer is among the leading causes of cancer-related death. With modern vaccines to protect against the underlying cause, human papilloma virus (HPV), cervical cancer is also one of the most preventable types of cancers. As a society, we have the opportunity to wipe out or significantly reduce a disease by vaccinating the population. Still, many American health care providers and families aren’t getting their children and teens vaccinated, and our youth are suffering the consequences. Cervical cancer, as well as cancers of the throat, penis, rectum, vulva and mouth, can develop from changes in cells caused by HPV. Since the FDA... FULL STORY