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Retired UK Pediatrician Passes the Torch to Geneticists

Posted: 6/28/2016

In December 1968, a widowed mother from Knoxville, Tennessee, arrived with her two sons, daughter and nephew at the University of Kentucky's pediatric clinic.

The four children were afflicted with severe intellectual impairment, presenting at the clinic with IQs of 10 or lower. The children showed normal development at birth, but during the first year of life experienced neurological deficiencies that rendered them unable to speak or walk. In the second and third years of life, the children were stricken with intense epileptic seizures.

Dr. Charlton Mabry, an original member of the Pediatric Department at the University of Kentucky, examined the four children in the hospital’s care-by-parent unit. After completing neurological examinations, Mabry, who was an assiduous record-keeper, took samples of the children’s blood and urine for further testing. He also denoted personal characteristics of each patient and family dynamics in his case reports. He took the specimens to the UK College of Medicine lab, finding elevated levels of the protein known as alkaline phosphatase (AP), a finding called hyperphosphatasia. Eighty percent of these cases were involved in bone metabolism, but Mabry’s study showed hyperphosphatasia occurring the metabolism of the liver.


Tags: Pediatrics, Research

Gill Heart Institute Earns American Heart Association Award

Posted: 6/27/2016
All heart attacks are serious, but one type – called STEMI — is particularly deadly. “A STEMI, or ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction, means an artery to the heart is 100 percent blocked, which is associated with a much higher short-term risk of death or disability compared to other types of heart attack,” Dr. Adrian Messerli of the... FULL STORY
Tags: Gill Heart Institute, Awards and Recognition

University of Kentucky Joins the TriNetX Network

Posted: 6/22/2016
The University of Kentucky has signed a membership agreement to join the TriNetX network, a leader in international clinical research networks, in order to optimize clinical trial design and advance clinical research for UK programs. Pharmaceutical researchers will gain access to UK's clinical data in real time through TriNetX's proprietary... FULL STORY
Tags: Research

From AHEC Health Career Campers to Wildcats

Posted: 6/17/2016 - Tags: AHEC, Students, Medical Education
Established in 2005, the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Pipeline Program works to further the interest of students in health professions. One of the goals of AHEC is to increase the number of health care providers in the Commonwealth. A popular manifestations of this program is the Summer Health Careers Camps. Open to Kentuckians, who are juniors or seniors in high school, camps allow students to interact with professionals from a variety of medical fields. There are two camp options, Summer Enrichment Camp, which lasts four weeks or Health Researchers Youth Academy, which lasts two weeks. Both camps are located at UK and students stay in residence halls. Funded... FULL STORY

UK HealthCare Athletes Ready to "Survive the Night" to Raise

Posted: 6/13/2016
In most work environments, teambuilding exercises usually don't require actual physical activity. But for the UK HealthCare employees participating in this weekend's second Survive the Night Triathlon, bonding will form over 140.7 miles of swimming, biking and running through the night into the early morning. Developed by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center radiation oncologist Dr. Jonathan Feddock (an avid triathlete himself), the event is a relay that allows up to 10 people to take on different sections of the race, playing to their personal strengths. Team Running on Vapor, comprising nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists who work in the... FULL STORY

KNI Stroke Center Receives High Designation from American Heart Association

Posted: 6/10/2016 - Tags: Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, Neurology
UK HealthCare's Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (KNI) has received the "Get With The Guidelines - "Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award" by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for maintaining nationally recognized standards for the treatment of stroke patients. KNI also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. Over 12 months, at least 75 percent of the hospital’s ischemic stroke patients received tPA within 60... FULL STORY

Brain Research with the Abisambra Lab

Posted: 6/9/2016 - Tags: Research, Alzheimer's disease
In honor of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, this podcast features Joe Abisambra, an assistant professor in the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, and three of his lab trainees—Sarah Fontaine, Shelby Meier and Brittani Price.Abisambra explained the importance of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging: “This center has been a pivotal aspect of the University partly because we have Alzheimer’s Disease Center designation. There are about 30 other institutions in the country that have this designation, and we are one of the few that have had the designation from the beginning of the program in 1985 through today. We have to compete for this every five years.” The funding... FULL STORY

UK Hospitalists Help Enhance Quality of Care for Patients

Posted: 6/8/2016 - Tags: Internal Medicine, Hospital Medicine
Managing and providing a continuum of care for patients with complex health care needs at a large academic medical center like UK HealthCare can be very complex when providers from multiple specialties and subspecialties are needed for tests, treatment and patient education. UK HealthCare is at the forefront of a growing trend among U.S. hospitals to employ hospitalists, with more than 50,000 hospitalists now working in the U.S. Hospital medicine is the fastest growing specialty in the history of American medicine. At UK, hospitalists ensure coordination of quality care for acutely ill patients at the highest level from time of admission through discharge. '... FULL STORY

Bachstetter Lab Featured on LabTV

Posted: 6/7/2016 - Tags: Research, scobirc
In the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCOBIRC) at the University of Kentucky, Adam Bachstetter’s lab studies how glial cells in the brain interact with neurons to support brain health. Bachstetter and Danielle Lyons, a postdoctoral scholar in his lab, recently shared their stories with LabTV.Bachstetter, who was a pre-law psychology undergraduate at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, said he ended up in science because of a neuroscience internship. He went on to graduate work at University of South Florida, started postdoctoral research at Northwestern University and then moved to the University of Kentucky to finish his postdoctoral work.Bachstetter... FULL STORY

Four-legged Gill Staffer Helps Patients Walk Back to Health

Posted: 5/31/2016 - Tags: Gill Heart Institute, Clinical
At 85 pounds, Carmine is one of the smallest visitors to the University of Kentucky Gill Heart Institute’s inpatient unit. But his heart is mighty, and he shares that strength with everyone on the floor. Carmine is a therapy dog. And while he also does what dogs do best – make people happy – he is not just any therapy dog. He is one of the few unit-specific therapy dogs in the United States. His assignment is simple: get patients up and walking. Carmine, an English Labrador Retriever, came to the Gill Heart Institute in February as a 14-month-old to drive home Gill’s institutional point of view that cardiovascular patients should get moving as soon as possible... FULL STORY

UK Opens the Door of Possibility for Minority High School Students

Posted: 5/24/2016 - Tags: Diversity, Student Affairs
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.... FULL STORY

Appalachian Research Day Brings Findings Back to the Community

Posted: 5/20/2016 - Tags: Center of Excellence in Rural Health, Rural Health, Research
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 team of community health workers, called Kentucky Homeplace, who engage participants and gather data. This week, researchers shared the findings from these community-based studies at the second annual Appalachian Research Day. “Today is an opportunity for people who do research with the Center to report back about their... FULL STORY

Researchers Present Cancer Studies at Markey Research Day

Posted: 5/19/2016 - Tags: Research, Markey Cancer Center
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, high school, undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students, as well as junior researchers and staff, also can submit work and request to have their poster presentation judged by faculty members.For Kim Lakocy, a fourth year undergraduate nursing student, this year’s Markey Research Day was her introduction to cancer... FULL STORY

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