New Book by UK Faculty Member Guides STEM Students in Career Planning

Posted: 6/2/2017 - Tags: Research
A new book co-written by Nathan Vanderford, University of Kentucky assistant professor in the Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology, guides STEM graduate and postdoctoral students in their career planning by evaluating goals and finding the steps to be taken to achieve them.In ReSearch: A Career Guide for Scientists, authors Nathan L. Vanderford, Teresa M. Evans and Natalie Lundsteen help students with their career planning practices, particularly in the sciences. This step-by-step guide provides global perspectives and strategies on seeking career opportunities.“The overall goal of the book is to provide graduate trainees with the knowledge they... FULL STORY

Third Annual Appalachian Research Day Shares Results of Health Studies

Posted: 6/1/2017 - Tags: Center of Excellence in Rural Health, Research
The Third Annual Appalachian Research Day was held May 24 in Hazard, Ky., hosted by the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH). The event invites researchers and community members to “come sit on the porch” and share research findings with the local communities involved in the studies.  Rural Appalachian communities experience some of the most severe health disparities in the nation, and community-based research is an effective method to identify problems and develop collaborative, effective solutions.This type of engaged research begins at the local level, built upon the foundation of relationships with individuals, neighborhoods, and... FULL STORY

Biochemistry Doctoral Student Receives P.E.O. Scholarship for Women

Posted: 5/26/2017 - Tags: Biochemistry, Students
Katy Brewer, a doctoral student in the University of Kentucky Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, was chosen as one of 100 doctoral students in the United States and Canada to receive a $15,000 Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was sponsored by Chapter C of Lexington, Kentucky. Brewer was a National Merit Finalist and a Patterson Scholarship recipient and graduated summa cum laude from UK in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She is now pursuing a doctorate in Matthew Gentry's lab at UK. Her research is focused on defining patient-specific mechanisms in Lafora disease, a fatal form of childhood epilepsy. She is also working with... FULL STORY

UK Hosts 7th Annual Barnstable Brown Obesity and Diabetes Research Day

Posted: 5/25/2017 - Tags: Barnstable Brown Obesity and Diabetes Research Day, Research
The Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center hosted its seventh annual Obesity and Diabetes Research Day on Thursday, May 18 at the Lee T. Todd Biomedical Pharmaceutical Complex Building. The purpose of Research Day is to focus on current findings in diabetes and obesity related research. The program featured presentations by nationally prominent physician-scientists, as well as regional researchers chosen from abstract submissions. The event is sponsored by the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center, Center of Research in Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease (NIH 5P20RR021954) and the National Institutes of Health Training Grant on Oxidative... FULL STORY

Karpf Receives Kentucky Hospital Association’s Highest Honor

Posted: 5/24/2017
The Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) presented several awards during the Association’s Awards Luncheon on May 19, at the 88th Annual KHA Convention in Lexington. KHA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, was bestowed upon University of Kentucky’s Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Michael Karpf who has given untiring and exceptional service to their hospital, community, the state and the Association. Since coming to UK in 2003, his leadership has led to unprecedented growth and expansion. In the past 14 years, UK has invested close to $2 billion for faculty recruitment, program development, technology acquisition as well as facilities,... FULL STORY

Dr. Brittany Smalls Chosen for Program Aimed at Increasing Diversity in

Posted: 5/23/2017 - Tags: Center for Health Services Research
Dr. Brittany Smalls, an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky Center for Health Services Research, has been selected as a Scholar in the 2017-2018 Programs to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research Advanced Health Disparities Research Training program. As a scholar for this program, Smalls will receive advanced training in an interprofessional environment that facilitates successful team science career development and contributes to decreases in health disparities through impactful research. This year-long mentoring experience will offer training that includes experiential skill development in grantsmanship, scientific... FULL STORY

5 Questions with Dr. Christian Lattermann

Posted: 5/19/2017 - Tags: Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, Faculty
Each day brings something different for Dr. Christian Lattermann; that’s one of the things that keeps him passionate about his job. As director of the Center for Cartilage Repair and Restoration at UK Sports Medicine, Lattermann treats patients, does community outreach, conducts research and mentors students.Even though he’s a leader in the field, he’s not done learning; he says his patients teach him every day.Watch this episode of "Five Questions" to hear how a semi-professional soccer career inspired Lattermann to become an orthopaedic surgeon and how research from UK Sports Medicine makes the department leaders in the field.

Under Construction: A New Resource to Target Health Disparities

Posted: 5/18/2017
If you’ve driven along Virginia Avenue, toward main campus, you’ve seen the steel skeleton of the new research building under construction. This is Research Building 2 (RB2), a precious resource and a vehicle for the University of Kentucky to reduce the health disparities that most impact Kentucky.This building will house researchers that focus on the following disparities: cancer, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases including stroke, and substance abuse. These conditions have a major adverse impact on the health of Kentuckians, contributing to death rates from each disease that rank within the top 11 states in the nation.RB2 will enable multidisciplinary research... FULL STORY

Researchers Present Work to Fight Cancer Burden at Markey Research Day

Posted: 5/18/2017
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Research Day is an opportunity for researchers to share their work, and receive feedback from colleagues across campus. An estimated 400 people were in attendance at the event, with about 45 staff members tasked with judging posters. While many posters are presented by seasoned researchers, high school, undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students, as well as junior researchers and staff, can also submit work and have their poster presentation judged by faculty members.For researchers like Parisa ShamaeiZadeh, an undergraduate student in the College of Health Sciences, the opportunity to present her findings... FULL STORY

Basic Research Vital to Health, Well-being of State, Country

Posted: 5/15/2017 - Tags: Research
 Colorectal cancer incidence rates have declined by 25 percent in Kentucky in less than 10 years. Death rates have dropped by 30 percent.Why?Among other reasons, screenings have increased significantly, led by University of Kentucky researchers along with changes in state policy.It’s one example of the impact of basic scientific research combined with outreach into communities across Kentucky. Basic scientific research is at the cornerstone of each innovative step and – led by UK – it is leaving an impact across Kentucky.“Everything that we do came from a research question that was originally asked by someone either in the U.S. or... FULL STORY

Evers Elected to Association of American Physicians

Posted: 5/12/2017 - Tags: Awards and Recognition, Faculty, Surgery, Markey Cancer Center
University of Kentucky Surgical Oncologist Dr. Mark Evers was recently elected into the Association of American Physicians (AAP). AAP is a nonprofit organization founded for the purpose of advancing scientific and practical medicine and is composed of members who are leading senior physician-scientists. Its goals include the pursuit of medical knowledge and the advancement through experimentation and discovery of basic and clinical science and their application to clinical medicine. Every year, individuals who have attained excellence in achieving these goals are nominated by the Council of the AAP and competitively selected as members. Evers is the director of... FULL STORY

Pediatric Experts Find Aromatherapy Effective for Promoting Infant Healing

Posted: 5/12/2017 - Tags: Pediatric
Pulling away the seal of a fresh aromatherapy patch, Dr. John Daniel took a deep inhalation as the fragrance of lavender and chamomile essential oils permeated his surroundings. Daniel was ending an overnight shift in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and one waft of lavender was enough to calm his senses and induce a state of relaxation. While popular with pediatric residents, fellows and nurses in the NICU, the aromatherapy patches are meant to soothe and mitigate stress in the hospital’s smallest and most agitated patients — babies suffering from drug withdrawal. Demonstrating how babies receive aromatherapy as part of their medical treatment, Daniel... FULL STORY