Targeting Inflammation May Protect and Restore the Brain after Stroke

Posted: 6/14/2018
June 13, 2018 (Scientific American) - New therapeutic approaches directed at the post-stroke immune response show promise in mice In an ischemic stroke a clot blocks a blood vessel to the brain, depriving oxygen and nutrients to part of the crucial organ. Without immediate treatment this can cause irreversible tissue damage, leading to complications ranging from behavioral changes to paralysis. Stroke is the fifth-highest cause of death in the U.S., and the leading cause of long-term disability. Ischemic strokes are the most common type, accounting for more than 80 percent of all cases. Read More

New Clinical Trial Takes Personalized Approach for Rare Type of ALS in

Posted: 6/13/2018
ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a neurodegenerative disease of some fame in the United States. Many Americans know the illness, which currently has no cure, as Lou Gehrig’s disease, after the beloved baseball player whose career and life were cut short by the condition in the 1930s and 40s. More recently, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking died of ALS. Perhaps more than anyone else, Hawking reminds us of the particular cruelty of the disease, which slowly robs a person of muscle movement while leaving their cognitive abilities intact. The average life expectancy after diagnosis is only four to five years and nearly everyone with ALS ultimately dies from the... FULL STORY
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Undergraduate Research Mentor Award Winners Announced

Posted: 6/13/2018
 Luke Bradley, Janice Fernheimer and Gregory Luhan received the University of Kentucky 2018 Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. This student-nominated award recognizes UK faculty members who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to mentoring undergraduate researchers, providing exceptional undergraduate research experiences, as well as supporting and promoting the undergraduate research initiatives on campus.Eighteen faculty mentors were nominated for the award by their students.Bradley is an associate professor and research mentor in the Department of Neuroscienceand the Department of Molecular and Cellular... FULL STORY
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Markey Joins NCI-Designated Cancer Centers in Endorsing Goal of

Posted: 6/8/2018
Nearly 80 million Americans – one out of every four people – are infected with human papillomavirus (HPV). And of those millions, more than 31,000 will be diagnosed with an HPV-related cancer this year. Despite those staggering figures and the availability of a vaccine to prevent the infections that cause these cancers, HPV vaccination remains low in the United States.The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center has partnered with 69 other National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers to issue a statement urging for increased HPV vaccination and screening to eliminate HPV-related cancers, starting with cervical cancer. These institutions... FULL STORY
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UK Global Ophthalmology Hosts Inaugural Outreach Clinic

Posted: 6/1/2018
On May 5, the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, in partnership with the Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH) and the Huffman & Huffman Clinic, held its first UK Global Ophthalmology (UK GO) outreach service in Hazard. In all, 23 volunteers — clinical subspecialists, optometrists, community health workers, medical students, ophthalmic technicians, staff and administrators — cared for over 100 patients, many of whom were children, during an all-day free clinic available to anyone in the community. Throughout the day, more than 70... FULL STORY
Tags: Ophthalmology, Center of Excellence in Rural Health

Department of Pediatrics Chair Search

Posted: 5/31/2018
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine invites applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. The College of Medicine seeks a visionary chair with demonstrated leadership abilities, a strong record in academic medicine, ideally with an NIH-funded research program (current or previous record of funding), with administrative experience as a division chief or program/center director who could provide strong leadership skills as a listener, decision-maker, humanist and effective advocate for the discipline in the department of Pediatrics and its faculty. The successful candidate will also serve as physician-in-chief for the Kentucky Children’... FULL STORY

UK Hosts 8th Annual Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Research Day

Posted: 5/29/2018
The University of Kentucky Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center held its eighth annual Obesity and Diabetes Research Day, highlighting the work of students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty from around the region. The program features presentations from nationally recognized physician-scientists, as well as researchers chosen from abstract submissions. Research Day provides an opportunity for investigators from the University of Kentucky and other regional institutions to share their current findings and ongoing research about the alarming rise in obesity and diabetes rates. Participants also discuss prevention and treatment of these ... FULL STORY
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UK Researchers Publish Study on New Therapy to Treat Opioid Use Disorder

Posted: 5/22/2018
Better delivery of medications to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) is key to addressing the opioid crisis and helping the 2.6 million Americans affected by the disease.While FDA-approved medications are effective for treating persons with OUD, including buprenorphine, methadone and naltrexone, each has its own unique barriers that impact patient access to care. Buprenorphine, used to treat the symptoms of withdrawal and stave off cravings, is used primarily in formulations that are taken sublingually, in the form of pills and films. Despite being effective and efficacious in treating OUD, the formulation has limitations such as misuse and nonadherence, diversion... FULL STORY
Tags: Center for Drug Abuse Research Translation, Opiod Abuse

Lexington healthcare facility recognized nationally for second time for

Posted: 5/15/2018
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - May is Stroke Awareness Month and every year 800,000 people experience a stroke. In Kentucky, the numbers are not good when it comes to stroke victims. In fact, we live in what some say is the stroke belt, and doctors here say we are the buckle of that belt. Fast access to stroke treatment is key to survival, that's why one Lexington health care facility has received a national ranking for its stroke research and patient care.At 55-years-old Gregg Whiteker is living his best life but admits his health wasn't always a top priority. "I was in very poor health. I had been a diabetic for years and I was 100 pounds heavier than I am... FULL STORY
Tags: Neurosurgery, Neurology

UK Anesthesiologist Works to Combat Addiction

Posted: 5/14/2018
When Dr. J. Thomas Murphy moved to the United States in 2002 to practice medicine as an anesthesiologist, he'd never even heard of the opioid drug Vicodin. Originally from Canada, Murphy completed his medical education and training at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia before moving to Saudi Arabia to work as a cardiac anesthesiologist. When he came to the University of Kentucky, he saw the impacts of the opioid epidemic time and again in the cardiac operating room and would eventually feel called to join the fight."Like a lot of people, 10 or 20 years ago, I had a negative attitude toward people with substance use disorders." Murphy said. Seeing patient after... FULL STORY
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Students, Postdocs and Faculty Present Latest Findings at Markey Research

Posted: 5/12/2018
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center recently held its ninth annual Markey Cancer Center Research Day, highlighting the work of UK students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty from the past year.Research Day provides an opportunity for investigators to showcase their work and also view the work of their colleagues across the campus. Markey researchers are housed all across the University, spanning eight colleges and 28 departments.This year’s event featured 142 posters and oral presentations from a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, two medical fellows, and a junior faculty member. The afternoon’s faculty oral presentations comprised six research... FULL STORY
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UK Receives $4.9 Million to Expand Program for Pregnant Women with Opioid

Posted: 5/9/2018
With a $4.9 million contract from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the University of Kentucky will expand and improve treatment for pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD) in rural areas of Kentucky.The need for multidisciplinary comprehensive treatment for OUD was seen across multiple disciplines - members of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Department of Psychiatry in the UK College of Medicine, as well as faculty and staff in the UK College of Nursing, worked together to develop and launch the Perinatal Assistance and Treatment Home (PATHways) program.PATHways integrates evidence-based knowledge through a... FULL STORY
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