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UK Opens the Door of Possibility for Minority High School Students Interested in Health Care

Posted: 5/24/2016

Most high school students are exposed to history, biology and algebra classes, but a fortunate group of students from Lexington's Bryan Station High School (BSHS) had the unique opportunity during the past year to examine gross specimens in a pathology lab, tour hospital testing laboratories, attend medical lectures and even take part in an intensive care unit (ICU) simulation training, among other activities that are part of the curriculum for University of Kentucky medical students.

Four BSHS students were chosen by their school educators to participate in a health sciences mentoring program for economically disadvantaged but ambitious African American students. The program was developed by University of Kentucky undergraduate student Kevin Landwehr under the mentorship of assistant professor and Gill Heart Institute faculty member Dr. Michael Winkler, with support from the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine.

The BSHS students have participated in a large variety of activities such as human subjects researcher training, HIPAA training and certification and library science training (through the medical library). They also attended a life sciences entrepreneurship lecture via telecast from Rice University, toured and had lectures on hospital testing... FULL STORY

Tags: Diversity, Student Affairs

Appalachian Research Day Brings Findings Back to the Community

Posted: 5/20/2016
For many University of Kentucky researchers who study health in Appalachia, the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH) is an indispensible partner in conducting community-based research. The Center, located in Hazard, Kentucky, connects researchers with the local community and provides necessary infrastructure, from conference rooms to a... FULL STORY
Tags: Center of Excellence in Rural Health, Rural Health, Research

Researchers Present Cancer Studies at Markey Research Day

Posted: 5/19/2016
The annual University of Kentucky Markey Cancer CenterResearch Day not only provides researchers with the opportunity to share their work, but to get feedback from colleagues. An estimated 400 people were in attendance at the event, with about 50 staff members tasked with judging posters.While many posters are presented by seasoned researchers,... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, Markey Cancer Center

Markey Achievements Featured in Annual “State of the Cancer Center”

Posted: 5/19/2016 - Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Research
Dr. Mark Evers, director of the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, gave his annual "State of the Cancer Center" address Wednesday at Markey Research Day, highlighting the center's major accomplishments in patient care, recruitment, research and outreach from the past year."Markey is making great strides in both clinical care and research, and we plan to continue that trend moving forward," Evers said. "Kentucky is still home to the worst cancer rates in the country, and we will continue to expand our reach and provide acute-level cancer care for not just Kentuckians, but patients from neighboring states and even across the country who are seeking services only... FULL STORY

UK College of Medicine Graduates Leave Legacy of Service with Wellness

Posted: 5/13/2016 - Tags: Students, OME, Undergraduate Medical Education
Although they will be graduating Saturday, during the University of Kentucky’s College of Medicine Commencement Ceremonies, Lauren Falvo and Marissa Luoma have worked to leave behind a legacy of service and a space for patients and staff in a dedicated Wellness Garden located at the Kentucky Clinic. In 2012, Lauren and Marissa both began their journey at UK. They developed their love for medicine and discovered the fields in which they were most interested. Though Marissa didn't always want to be a doctor. Then, during her third year of undergraduate work, she developed a chronic illness and learned firsthand about the health care field. Not only did the experience... FULL STORY

Helping a Co-Worker in a Time of Need Deepens UK IBU Employees Desire to

Posted: 5/12/2016
Participating in community service activities has always been a priority for a group of University of Kentucky employees in the Integrated Business Unit (IBU) for the UK College of Medicine. However, when one of their own faced a serious illness and was unable to return to work, their desire to help others took on a more personal meaning. The IBU employees realized their colleague faced a huge financial burden and came up with the idea of collecting donations from employees in exchange for the privilege of wearing jeans to work. A series of 'jeans weeks' over the months raised $2,000 and helped bridge the financial gap for their friend and co-worker. Eventually a... FULL STORY

UK Study Shows New Potential Marker for Obesity

Posted: 5/11/2016 - Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Research
A new study led by University of Kentucky researchers and published in Nature shows a potential new biological marker for the development of obesity and a possible target for obesity prevention and treatment. Neurotensin (NT), a peptide produced mainly in the gastrointestinal tract and central nervous system, is released with fat ingestion and facilitates fatty acid absorption in the intestine. Previous research has shown that NT can also stimulate the growth of various cancers and increased fasting levels of pro-NT (an NT precursor hormone) are associated with development of cardiovascular disease and breast cancer. The new Nature study examined data from the... FULL STORY

College of Medicine Student Working to Address Role Physicians Can Play in

Posted: 5/10/2016 - Tags: Medical Education, Student Affairs, Students
There are many professions we see as central to the criminal justice system; police officers, lawyers and judges are some of the jobs that come to mind. When we think about the people playing an integral part in reforming that system, politicians and activists may come to mind. Cameron Henry, a second year medical student at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, realized there was a role he and other physicians could play in lowering the incarceration rate in the United States. During a presentation at the Student National Medical Association’s Annual Medical Education Conference, Henry along with several physicians and medical students addressed the role... FULL STORY

Barnstable Brown Family Takes Pride in Supporting UK Diabetes Center Via

Posted: 5/6/2016 - Tags: Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center
It isn't uncommon in the Bluegrass to celebrate the Kentucky Derby by having friends come to your home for a party. But if you are Chris Barnstable-Brown, the family party just happens to have a guest list of about 1,200, including performer Kid Rock and members of Boyz II Men, as well as sports figures such as NFL quarterback Aaron Rogers and a host of former University of Kentucky and University of Louisville basketball players. Chris Barnstable-Brown is the son, grandson and nephew of the founders of the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala in Louisville that include his mother Patricia "Tricia" Barnstable Brown, his late father Dr. David E. Brown, his... FULL STORY

UK Cardiologist is Leading a Study to Explore a New Way to Heal Resistant

Posted: 5/3/2016 - Tags: Hypertension, Cardiology
What does your blood pressure have in common with a garden hose? Quite a lot, in fact. Increasing the pressure in a garden hose (whether by opening your faucet to full force or by plugging the end of the hose opening) can cause it to become rigid or even burst. Blood in the arteries functions in much the same way. Consistently high blood pressure -- also called hypertension -- damages the tissues of the artery walls. While it's fairly easy to replace a garden hose, hypertension can lead to serious medical problems and even death. Hypertension is defined as a chronic condition in which the systolic blood pressure (the top number in the measurement that your... FULL STORY

Markey, LLS Host Fifth Annual Meet the Researchers Day

Posted: 5/2/2016 - Tags: Research, Markey Cancer Center
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society hosted their fifth annual "Meet the Researchers Day" last week. 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 Bluegrass Baptist School (BBS) in Lexington, Ky., and Kenneth King Middle School (KKMS) in Harrodsburg, 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 research.... FULL STORY

Ambati Named Among Top 100 Most Influential People in Ophthalmology

Posted: 5/2/2016 - Tags: Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Physiology, Faculty, Awards and Recognition
Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, professor of physiology and vice chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been named to The Ophthalmologist Power List 2016 'Top 100 Most Influential People in the World of Ophthalmology.' This international list features the most influential and innovative individuals in the worlds of ophthalmic surgery, research and industry. Ambati is an internationally recognized authority who has pioneered innovative concepts in macular degeneration, a blinding disease that affects nearly 200 million people worldwide. His lab has reported numerous seminal advances in top-tier scientific journals... FULL STORY

UK’s Collaborative Research Environment

Posted: 4/28/2016 - Tags: Research
As Vice President for Research, I am frequently asked, “What is it like to be a researcher at UK?” Well, to be honest, I have only known one research environment as a faculty member performing academic research for the past 27 years, and that environment is UK. While this might be construed as making me shortsighted, I believe that one of the primary reasons I have remained at UK throughout my academic career is the collaborative nature of research. Nowhere that I have visited, or been recruited to, has the team-based approach to research that I have experienced at UK. I even like to think that I have contributed to that collaborative research environment, through... FULL STORY

Steltenkamp to be Honored As One of the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare

Posted: 4/27/2016 - Tags: Faculty, Awards and Recognition, Pediatric
Health Data Management, the information resource for medical and information technology (IT) professionals, executives and administrators, is honoring 75 of the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT, which includes Dr. Carol Steltenkamp, professor of pediatrics at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and chief medical information officer (CMIO) at UK HealthCare. The awards are broken into three categories: thought leaders, provider/payer executives and CIOs/IT leaders. All 75 health care providers will be honored at The Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT conference which will be held May 12 in Boston. Steltenkamp is chair of the Kentucky eHealth Board... FULL STORY

Goldstein Drafts Editorial on Carotid Artery Screening for JAMA Internal

Posted: 4/26/2016 - Tags: Neurology, Faculty, KNI
An editorial by University of Kentucky’s Dr. Larry Goldstein concerning the use of screening tests to detect narrowing of the carotid artery was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine last week. With more than 35 years of practice, Goldstein is the chair of the Department of Neurology at the UK College of Medicine and co-director of the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute. Practice guidelines developed by professional societies to screen for narrowings in this major artery supplying blood to the brain are intended to summarize the best available evidence for specific questions to support clinical decisions. However,... FULL STORY