'UK at the Half' Focuses on UK Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Posted: 11/16/2017
Dr. James Quintessenza, chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at UK HealthCare, and Dr. Scottie Day, interim chair of the UK Department of Pediatrics and physician in chief at Kentucky Children’s Hospital, were featured during "UK at the Half," which aired during the UK vs. Utah Valley basketball game broadcast on radio Nov. 10.The doctors talked about UK's new partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to offer the best pediatric heart care in the area.To hear the Nov. 10 "UK at the Half," read the full article located here."UK at the Half" airs during the halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast and is hosted by Carl Nathe of UK Public... FULL STORY
Tags: Pediatric

'The Defamation Experience': Challenging Preconceived Notions

Posted: 11/14/2017
The University of Kentucky Unconscious Bias Initiative is working to incorporate the understanding of unconscious bias to foster an environment where every member of the UK community feels a sense of belonging. Numerous sessions have been held locally and throughout the state for faculty, staff and students to expose themselves to the concept of unconscious bias and to learn how to mitigate the impact of unconscious thoughts. To that end, the UK Unconscious Bias Initiative, the UK Martin Luther King Center and the UK Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives are sponsoring a special event — "The Defamation Experience" — for the entire UK community... FULL STORY
Tags: Research

Working Outside the Box: How a Markey Lab is Helping Stroke Patients

Posted: 11/13/2017
When George Quintero first heard about a new clinical trial that could improve motor function in stroke patients, he knew he had to find a way to bring it to UK HealthCare.A research analyst for the University of Kentucky Department of Neuroscience, Quintero first obtained a list of criteria to apply. The phase II trial required a physician with experience in frame-based surgery, which was easy for UK to fulfill: Dr. Craig van Horne, a neurosurgeon for the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, has been performing this style of surgery on neurology patients for more than 20 years.The second required element was a bit trickier. To be a treatment site for this... FULL STORY

UK Center for Health Services Research Collaborates with Health

Posted: 11/2/2017
The National Institutes of Health recently awarded the University of Kentucky Center for Health Services Research (CHSR) funding to study the adoption of syringe exchange programs in rural communities in the Appalachian region of Kentucky. Rates of opioid use disorder and injection drug use have risen significantly in Kentucky, especially in rural communities. The serious health consequences of injection drug use include the spread of the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and HIV infection. Kentucky is home to eight of the ten counties in the nation the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified as most vulnerable to an outbreak of HIV. CHSR's focus on community-... FULL STORY
Tags: Center for Health Services Research, Research

Markey Joins Personalized Medicine Consortium to Speed Advances in Patient

Posted: 11/2/2017
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Centerhas joined the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network® (ORIEN), a personalized medicine consortium that allows its members to exchange data and push forward evidence-based cancer care to patients. Markey is the latest addition to this 17-member research partnership, which includes many of the top cancer centers in the nation."It takes teamwork to make great progress in cancer treatments," said Dr. Mark Evers, director of the UK Markey Cancer Center. "Markey has always subscribed to this idea, utilizing the resources from a variety of experts across UK's clinical and academic campuses to treat our patients.... FULL STORY
Tags: Markey Cancer Center

'Faith Moves Mountains' Initiative Continues with $3.1 Million

Posted: 11/1/2017
Since 2004, Nancy Schoenberg, the Marion Pearsall Professor of Behavioral Science in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been principal investigator of a series of projects called "Faith Moves Mountains," including “An Appalachian Cervical Cancer Prevention Program,” “A CBPR Appalachian Wellness and Cancer Prevention Program,” and “An Intergenerational CBPR Intervention to Reduce Appalachian Health Disparities.”Earlier this fall, she and her team of community and university researchers in the UK College of Medicine and the UK College of Public Health were awarded a new five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive... FULL STORY
Tags: Diabetes, Research

Predicting How Healthy Your Heart Will be Years Down the Road

Posted: 10/17/2017
Picture this: you're battling heart failure and meeting with your doctor to discuss treatment. Before prescribing anything, the doctor pulls up a virtual model of your heart on her computer and "treats" it with several drugs. A few moments later, she can see how your heart is doing five years down the road.Your doctor chooses the treatment with the best long-term outcome, and you live a longer and healthier life.Two University of Kentucky researchers are working to make this experience a reality for the 5.7 million adults in the U.S. with heart failure.Combining physiology and engineering, UK's Kenneth Campbell and Jonathan Wenk are developing... FULL STORY
Tags: Physiology, Research

Sanders-Brown Markesbery Symposium Focuses on Why Some People Don't

Posted: 10/13/2017
Why do some people stay intellectually sharp into their 90s, while others have memory problems?  Is there anything we can learn from their lifestyles that can help everyone age successfully?These are among topics scheduled for the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging's Markesbery Symposium on Nov. 3-4.  Keynote speakers are:Dr. Claudia Kawas of the 90+ Study which explores the fastest-growing age group in the U.S.:  "The oldest old." Kawas appeared in a 2014 “60 Minutes” episode called Living to 90 and Beyond that explored the secrets to a long and happy life.Rachel Whitmer, a national expert on risk... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging

Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center Announces Expansion to Turfland Thanks to

Posted: 10/13/2017
University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto, UK Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Mark F. Newman, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, Dr. John Fowlkes, director of the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center, and members of the Barnstable Brown family will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly expanded Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center at UK HealthCare’s Turfland location and celebration of the recent U.S. News and World Report National ranking placing the Barnstable Brown Center in the top 50 for endocrinology and diabetes care.Since 2008, the Barnstable Brown family has donated more than $13 million to the center from proceeds from the... FULL STORY
Tags: Barnstable Brown Obesity and Diabetes Research Day

Markey's Blackburn Earns NIH New Innovator Award for Cancer Research

Posted: 10/6/2017
 University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Researcher Jessica Blackburn has earned a prestigious National Institutes of Health's New Innovator Award, a grant totaling $1.5 million over five years to fund pediatric cancer research.Blackburn, an assistant professor in the UK Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, runs a basic science laboratory using zebrafish as an animal model. This new award will specifically fund research to find causes of leukemia relapse in three ways:Identifying the unique genetic signature of relapse-causing cells, using single-cell sequencing technology in both zebrafish leukemia models and patient samples.Discovering... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, Biochemistry

Sanders-Brown Awarded Grant to Study Alzheimer's Prevention Drug

Posted: 10/6/2017
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a five year, $2.88 million grant to a Sanders-Brown Center on Aging researcher to study a drug's potential to prevent Alzheimer's disease.Researchers have known for decades that the hallmark plaques and tangles in the brain associated with Alzheimer's develop long before people experience memory loss. Ai-Ling Lin, an assistant professor at Sanders-Brown, hopes to demonstrate that low doses of Rapamycin, a drug commonly used as an immunosuppressant for organ transplant recipients, can restore brain function before the disease changes in the brain affect a person's memory."We know that Rapamycin signals blood vessels to... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging

KEHA Marks 40 Years of Support for UK Ovarian Cancer Research

Posted: 10/4/2017
A fundraising effort that began with an impassioned plea from one extension homemaker to her peers has positively impacted Kentucky women and the University of Kentucky for the past 40 years.The late Virginia McCandless, a Barren County extension homemaker, and Dr. John van Nagell with the UK Markey Cancer Center started the ovarian cancer research fundraising effort in 1977. At the time, McCandless was state health chair for the Kentucky Extension Homemaker’s Association and diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She approached van Nagell, her gynecologic oncologist, about ways to raise awareness about the cancer — often known as the “silent killer... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, community health and involvement, obstetrics