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College of Medicine Students Go West for Clinical Rotations Through New Initiative

Posted: 8/21/2014

When University of Kentucky medical student Callie Dowdy tells fellow students she delivered four babies in one month during her obstetrics rotation in Western Kentucky, she emphasizes that fact that she was a primary care provider.

She didn’t stand in the back or the room or watch over the shoulder — she was the first person to hold the babies. While Dowdy acknowledges that the UK Chandler Hospital is an incredible setting for a medical education, she encountered more opportunities work with patients in a smaller medical environment in Murray, Kentucky.

Dowdy was one of two inaugural students to complete rotations through the Western Kentucky Initiative (WKI), a program that places third-year students at medical practices and hospitals in Murray/Paducah, Bowling Green and Owensboro. Students complete five rotations required in their third-year curriculum during a 20-week period based in one or more of these communities. Like the students who participate in the College of Medicine Rural Physician Leadership Program in Morehead, these students receive more hands-on opportunities to practice real-life medicine and one-on-one mentorship from practicing doctors.

Students who are from Western Kentucky or who received their undergraduate education in the area... FULL STORY

Tags: Western Kentucky initiative, Students

Play Helps Families and Caregivers See Both Sides of Alzheimer

Posted: 8/20/2014
Last Saturday, one family struggled to accept that their father had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. This family is luckier than others, however. They are the fictional characters in "Forget Me Not," a play written by Garrett Davis to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease and provide comfort and support for caregivers, particularly in underserved communities where health disparities... FULL STORY
Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Alzheimer's disease

Markey Researchers Develop Web-Based App to Predict Glioma

Posted: 8/19/2014
A new web-based program developed by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers will provide a simple, free way for healthcare providers to determine which brain tumor cases require testing for a genetic mutation. Gliomas – a type of tumor that begins in the brain or spine – are the most common and deadly form of brain cancer in adults, making up about 80 percent of malignant brain cancer... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, Markey Cancer Center

Griffith Elected to National Medical Honor Society Board of Directors

Posted: 8/18/2014 - Tags: Faculty, Medical Education, Awards and Recognition, AOA
Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society, has elected Dr. Charles “Chipper” H. Griffith III, senior associate dean for medical education at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, as a councilor director on the Society's board. Griffith's three-year term begins at the AOA board of directors meeting in Portland, Maine, on Oct. 3. Alpha Omega Alpha is a professional medical organization that recognizes and advocates for excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine. Alpha Omega Alpha is to medicine what Phi Beta Kappa is to letters and the humanities and Sigma Xi is to science. Griffith earned his medical degree... FULL STORY

MRI Used to Study Possible Therapies for Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Posted: 8/14/2014 - Tags: Research, Congenital Heart Disease, Cardiology
Studies show that adults who received corrective surgery for the most common serious form of congenital heart disease as infants are susceptible to heart failure in adulthood. Researchers at the University of Kentucky are using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology to better understand the cause of heart failure in these patients, with the goal of eventually developing new therapies to reduce mortality. The team, led by University of Kentucky professor Dr. Brandon Fornwalt, recently published their findings in an article appearing in the European Heart Journal titled, "Patients with Repaired Tetralogy of Fallot Suffer From Intra- and Inter-Ventricular Cardiac... FULL STORY

Research Investigates Another "Kentucky Ugly"

Posted: 8/13/2014 - Tags: Behavioral Science, Research
From the New York Times to visits from the director of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, health disparities in Appalachia are receiving a lot of attention, and for good reason. The list is sadly familiar: life expectancy in the region is about five years lower than national averages; rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes, and unintentional injury are among the very worst in the country; and myriad socioeconomic and geographic barriers limit access to health insurance and care. Former University of Kentucky President Lee Todd Jr. famously referred to these measures as the "Kentucky uglies." Kentucky has yet another "ugly,"... FULL STORY

UK Named One of Top Hospitals with Great Oncology Programs

Posted: 8/13/2014 - Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Awards and Recognition, Ranking
Becker’s Hospital Review magazine has listed the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital among the nation’s “100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs” in its recently released compilation of leading cancer care providers in the United States. The UK Markey Cancer Center, whose clinical programs are integrated with Chandler, received a National Cancer Institute cancer center designation in July 2013. According to the health care industry trade publication, organizations included on the 2014 list are “leading the way in terms of quality of patient care, patient outcomes and research.” Becker’s noted Markey's recent NCI designation, its... FULL STORY

Following a Scientific Trail

Posted: 8/12/2014 - Tags: Research, Biochemistry
University of Kentucky associate professor Dr. Matthew Gentry, a biochemist who studies the very basic makeup of living things, can count very few "Eureka!" moments in his scientific career. One of those moments occurred while he was studying the genetic mutation associated with Lafora's disease, a type of epilepsy that inevitably causes death from neurodegeneration early in life. He was conducting post-doctoral research at University of California-San Diego to determine what happens within the cells of children born with Lafora's disease. He was examining the role of the protein laforin, the mutation that causes the disease. He and a colleague performed a series of... FULL STORY

UK Researchers Discover Surprising Differences in How Teen Athletes

Posted: 8/11/2014 - Tags: Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, Research
With multiple concussions between the two of them, Dan Han and Lisa Koehl's latest research interest isn't surprising. "I played competitive soccer through high school and continue to play recreationally," says Koehl, a doctoral candidate in the University of Kentucky's Department of Psychology, "so I have firsthand experience with the dynamics that come into play when a teen suffers a concussion." As a former high school assistant principal in the Chicago public school system, Han was responsible for overseeing student-athletes' return to school after a concussion. Han left educational administration to pursue his doctorate in neuropsychology. Now director of... FULL STORY

UK Study Shows Promise for New Nerve Repair Technique

Posted: 8/8/2014 - Tags: Surgery
A multicenter study including University of Kentucky researchers found that a new nerve repair technique yields better results and fewer side effects than other existing techniques. Traumatic nerve injuries are common, and when nerves are severed, they do not heal on their own and must be repaired surgically. Injuries that are not clean-cut – such as saw injuries, farm equipment injuries, and gunshot wounds – may result in a gap in the nerve. To fill these gaps, surgeons have traditionally used two methods: a nerve autograft (bridging the gap with a patient's own nerve taken from elsewhere in the body), which leads to a nerve deficit at the donor site; or nerve... FULL STORY

White Coats Represent New Beginning for UK College of Medicine Class of

Posted: 8/4/2014 - Tags: Students, White Coat Ceremony
Prior to medical school, members of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Class of 2018 were chemists, Americorp volunteers, engineers, waiters, musicians, class leaders and archeologists. But the moment they were coated at the Singletary Center of the Arts on Aug. 1, the 136 students were all dedicated to becoming doctors. Members of a diverse and highly accomplished incoming class of medical students were presented with their white coat, a universal symbol of compassion and humanism in medicine, during the White Coat Ceremony. Dr. Frederick C. de Beer, dean and vice president for clinical academic affairs, delivered a keynote address about the current... FULL STORY

NIH Awards Prestigious "Pathway to Independence Award"

Posted: 7/31/2014 - Tags: Saha Cardiovascular Research Center, Cardiovascular Medicine, Awards and Recognition
Prabhakara R Nagareddy, a scientist with the Saha Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of Kentucky, has received a prestigious K99/R00 award from the National Institutes of Health. Also known as the Pathway to Independence (PI) Award, this grant provides two years of mentored postdoctoral support followed by three years of independent support. It is designed to fast-track promising young scientists to a more permanent research position with independent NIH or other research support. PI candidates have an impressive record of research productivity and publications, and have identified a unique research direction to pursue after the mentored phase of... FULL STORY

UK Chair of Neuroscience Inducted as President-Elect of National

Posted: 7/29/2014 - Tags: Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, Faculty
University of Kentucky Endowed Chair of Neuroscience Dr. Diane Snow was recently elected by her colleagues to serve as president-elect of the National Neurotrauma Society (NNS). With this appointment, Snow will hold the position of president in 2015-2016. Since joining the NNS in 2003, Snow has championed women's contributions to neurotrauma research and mentorship opportunities for young members of the profession, including students, postdoctoral fellows and young professors. She served as the three-term president of Women in Neurotrauma Research (WINTR), an arm of the NNS that promotes gender equality in neurotrauma research. She also proposed the society's Ask An... FULL STORY

UK Doctor Competing in Triathlon to Benefit His Cancer Patients

Posted: 7/28/2014 - Tags: Faculty, Markey Cancer Center
The Louisville Ironman – a triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile swim in the Ohio River, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run – is a competition that would test even the toughest of wills. But for University of Kentucky radiation oncologist Dr. Jonathan Feddock, the competition is about more than achieving a personal goal – Feddock, an accomplished triathlete, is using his athletic talents to help provide better care for the cancer patients he treats. When he competes in the Aug. 24 Ironman, he'll be doing so to raise money to pay for renovations and updates to the brachytherapy program at the UK Markey Cancer Center. Brachytherapy is a specific form of... FULL STORY

Yasuma Receives Fight for Sight Postdoctoral Research Award

Posted: 7/28/2014 - Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Awards and Recognition, Research
Tetsuhiro Yasuma, postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been selected to receive the 2014 Fight for Sight Postdoctoral Award from Fight for Sight, a non-profit organization that promotes eye research by providing pilot funding to promising new researchers. Yasuma received training in biomedical research as an undergraduate student in Japan and general ophthalmology and surgery in graduate school. Yasuma joined the Ambati lab at UK in 2012. His research focuses on finding treatment for dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), the form of AMD that affects the majority of AMD... FULL STORY
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