Olympic Team Doctor Now Serves Patients at UK HealthCare

Posted: 2/8/2018
Every four years, people around the world gather around the television and spend two weeks watching a lifetimes worth of work play out. For the hundreds of athletes that comprise Team USA, the result of their blood, sweat and tears makes us feel pride, in our country and in our fellow countrymen. While the athletes take center stage there’s a team of people in the shadows treating pain, nursing illnesses and in some cases consoling athletes.The team physicians at each Olympic games are often unsung and invisible heroes. They provide all types of treatment for the 600 athletes participating. From food poisoning to cortisone shots, doctors and athletic... FULL STORY
Tags: Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

Join 'Markey Women Strong' to Advance Cancer Research at UK

Posted: 2/7/2018
The Markey Cancer Foundation invites you to take an active role in furthering life-changing cancer research at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center through the Markey Women Strong program.Markey Women Strong is a philanthropy group comprised of women and men, who together, make a meaningful difference in cancer research by funding female researchers focused on groundbreaking cancer research at the UK Markey Cancer Center. Members donate $1,000 annually and vote for two winners each year to receive the Distinguished Researchers award. Each recipient will receive a $50,000 grant to advance their work.“The best hope a cancer patient has is good research," said... FULL STORY
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Markey Cancer Center Research Day - May 9th, 2018

Posted: 2/5/2018
Markey Cancer Center Research Day is a single-day event showcasing current cancer research projects throughout all disciplines at the University of Kentucky. For the ninth consecutive year, the event is being held at the UK Singletary Center for the Arts.On May 9, 2018, UK researchers – students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty and staff – have the opportunity to share their work in an atmosphere of learning and collaboration through several avenues such as:Poster sessionsOral presentations (invited)LuncheonState of the Cancer Center AddressSusan B. Lester Memorial Lecture, presented by Nancy E. Davidson, MD, Director and Member of the Clinical Research Division... FULL STORY
Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Research

UK Orthopaedic Surgeon Selected for Prestigious Fellowship

Posted: 1/29/2018
Surgeons aren't often chosen to participate in the John N. Insall Traveling Fellowship the first time they apply for consideration, but that wasn't the case for Dr. Stephen Duncan, assistant professor of orthpaedic surgery. Beginning in October, Duncan will travel to 11 centers, in 10 cities, across two countries to learn more about orthpaedic surgery and research.Duncan has been an orthpaedic surgeon for four years, with all of his experience happening at UK Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. When a mentor suggested Duncan apply for the fellowship, to learn more about leadership and to meet innovators in the field, he wasn't sure of his chances... FULL STORY
Tags: Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

William Stoops Explores the Psychology of Drug Addiction

Posted: 1/29/2018
One undergraduate psychology course changed William Stoops' life.Originally Stoops planned to major in French, but after taking more psychology classes and getting involved in intensive, hands-on research, he decided in his senior year to devote his professional life to the study of the behavioral effects of drugs."I was fascinated by the idea that we can rigorously and scientifically study the effects of drugs," said Stoops. "It's not as simple as somebody is an addict, or someone has a drug use disorder…there's so much more to it, and it's in that nuance where we can identify treatments and interventions."Stoops earned both his master's and doctoral degree at UK, under... FULL STORY
Tags: Behavioral Science, Research

UK Bootcamp Team Member Headed to Innovation Competition in Chicago

Posted: 1/29/2018
The Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship(VACE), part of the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics, announced that one of its Fall 2017 Bootcamp teams, OptiMol Enzymes, has been accepted into the Clean Energy Trust Competition in Chicago, on Feb. 8, 2018. The Clean Energy Trust announced eight of the most innovative and promising student-led cleantech companies in the Midwest as finalists for the Cleantech University Prize (UP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. OptiMol Enzymes is represented by doctoral candidate Corey Brizzee, from the Department of Molecular and Cellular... FULL STORY
Tags: Biochemistry, Research

Wonder Women: Young Scientists Help Confirm Presence of Breathing "

Posted: 1/26/2018
According to a paper recently published in Cell Reports, labs from Case Western Reserve and the University of Kentucky's Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC) were able to demonstrate the existence of a parallel neural network that could potentially restore diaphragm function after spinal cord injury.This ghost network operates entirely separate from the brain, which has long been considered the only organ capable of directing respiratory function, and appears able to instruct the diaphragm to contract when properly activated. While practical solutions are a long way away, the implications of this research for quadriplegics, many of whom... FULL STORY
Tags: Spinal Cord, scobirc

UK College of Medicine Receives Prestigious Grant to Investigate Vascular

Posted: 1/26/2018
The American Heart Association has awarded a University of Kentucky and Baylor University research partnership $3.7 million to study aortic disease.UK and Baylor were one of four teams nationwide to receive the honor, which coincides with the establishment of the American Heart Association's Vascular Research Disease Network.“Our Association is excited about this newly funded research network, targeting vascular diseases,” said Joey Maggard, executive director of the Lexington Division of the American Heart Association. “The American Heart Association is able to continue to fund such cutting-edge, academic research facility based projects like this one right here in... FULL STORY
Tags: Grants and Funding, Research

Abstracts, Mentor Nominations Being Accepted for CCTS Spring Conference

Posted: 1/25/2018
Abstracts and mentor nominations are now being accepted for the 13th Annual Spring Conference of the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Abstracts are due Monday, March 5, and mentor nominations are due Monday, Feb. 26.The conference will be held Friday, April 13, 2018, at the Lexington Convention Center. The theme is “Opioids: Addressing the Public Health Crisis through Translational Science.” More details are available here.AbstractsThe call for abstracts is open to interested students (undergraduate, graduate, doctoral), faculty, research personnel, trainees/scholars and administrators. It is also open to those in... FULL STORY
Tags: CCTS, Research

UK Medical Students Open New Eye Clinic at the Salvation Army

Posted: 1/22/2018
The opening of a new ophthalmology clinic at the student-run University of Kentucky College of Medicine Salvation Army Clinic was "a culmination of people saying we can do this," said Dr. Julia Stevens, associate professor of ophthalmology and pediatrics, and liaison to the students working to bring the clinic to life.When the UK Department of Ophthalmology began the process of moving their clinic into the new Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center, now located on the UK campus on South Limestone, the opportunity to acquire donated equipment and supplies from the old space arose. Medical students Paras Vora and Riley Bylund jumped at the... FULL STORY
Tags: Students, Salvation Army Clinic

Employee Calls Free Fitbit Opportunity a 'True Benefit'

Posted: 1/18/2018
More than 7,000 University of Kentucky employees, retirees and spouses have purchased a Fitbit through UK's recent promotion. It is just one way the university is helping the community improve their well-being. The promotion continues through Jan. 31."Walking more is an attainable goal," said Allison Walters, a UK employee for almost 20 years. "The Fitbit is a true benefit to my health because it keeps me in tune with how I'm doing.""For me, being healthy means doing things that make me feel better — like being active," Walters said. "I notice my clarity is better, I'm more positive, and I'm less anxious and stressed."An intrinsically motivated, process-oriented approach... FULL STORY
Tags: Staff, Physiology, Saha Cardiovascular Research Center

Registration Now Open for the Third International Neurogastronomy Symposium

Posted: 1/16/2018
Registration is now open for the third annual International Society of Neurogastronomy symposium, which will be held at the University of Kentucky on March 2-3, 2018. Both day's events offer continuing education credit.This year's symposium will explore the connection between brain and behavior in the context of food.Luminaries from the worlds of science, nutrition and culinary arts will share their knowledge on a variety of topics, including the psychological influences on eating and behavior, the chemosensory properties of food and how we experience them, the role of food as medicine and the history and evolution of flavor and flavor perception... FULL STORY
Tags: Research