Mice with Frequent Flyer Miles Advance the Alzheimer's Cause

Posted: 1/11/2018
Alzheimer's disease wreaks emotional havoc on patients who are robbed of their memories, their dignity and their lives. It’s financially devastating as well: care for Alzheimer's patients is predicted to top $1 trillion by the time children born today are having children of their own.Alzheimer's begins its destruction decades before there are outward signs of memory loss, so some recent scientific effort has focused on recognizing the earliest signs that portend disease onset. Those telltale signs, called biomarkers, would enable patients to receive treatment for Alzheimer's sooner, thereby delaying the disease's devastating progress or stopping it... FULL STORY

Clinical Trial for Stroke Innovates Patient Care and Research at UK

Posted: 12/21/2017
The combination of a new clinical trial and a tissue bank is innovating stroke care and research at the University of Kentucky. Led by a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and scientists, the studies aim to develop new treatments using existing therapies that protect brain tissue after a stroke, and to learn more about the physiology of the event.The MAVARIC (Magnesium and Verapamil After Recanalization in Ischemia of the Cerebrum) clinical trial leverages existing standards of care and approved drugs to improve how the brain heals following a stroke. The related BACTRAC study is developing a tissue bank of thrombi (stroke-causing clots) and distal and peripheral blood... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, MVP, Stroke

College of Medicine announces Seth S. Himelhoch, MD, as chair of psychiatry

Posted: 12/20/2017
Seth S. Himelhoch, MD, MPH, will be the College of Medicine’s chair of psychiatry beginning Jan. 1, 2018. He will play a vital role in the college’s mission to impact the standards and delivery of care related to mental health and substance use disorders in the commonwealth.Himelhoch comes to UK from the University of Maryland, where he served as a professor of psychiatry. In research, he has focused on developing and testing interventions to improve access to and outcomes of care for people with co-occurring psychiatric and drug use disorders. As a fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, he is working to develop interventions for rural communities... FULL STORY
Tags: Psychiatry

UK Researchers, Clinicians Tackling Drug Addiction Make Their Case to

Posted: 12/19/2017
Kentucky is among the states most ravaged by opioid abuse and drug addiction.But the University of Kentucky — with researchers and clinicians working across a number of colleges and disciplines — is on the front lines of finding solutions.Leaders from UK Research and UK HealthCare — along with some of the institution’s most prolific researchers — took their stories of hope and challenge to Washington, D.C., recently to make the case with some of the country’s top elected officials about the need to continue federal funding to address drug addiction and abuse.“The scourge of opioid abuse and addiction is wreaking havoc on Kentucky. Addiction is a disease of despair,... FULL STORY
Tags: Opioids, Research

Markey Earns Outstanding Achievement Award from Commission on Cancer

Posted: 12/19/2017
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center is one of 16 accredited cancer programs nationwide to receive the 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).Established in 2004, the award was created to "recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in demonstrating compliance with the Commission on Cancer standards and are committed to high-quality cancer care," according to the organization.The purpose of the award is to encourage cancer programs to raise the bar on quality cancer care, with the ultimate goal of increasing awareness about high quality, patient-centered care. In addition... FULL STORY
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UK Neurosurgery Group Performs Chinese Hospital's First Deep Brain

Posted: 12/18/2017
Last summer, a group from the University of Kentucky Brain Restoration center, led by Dr. Craig van Horne, professor of neurosurgery, capped off a series of conferences held at a number of renowned Chinese university hospitals by performing the first-ever deep brain stimulation surgery for a Parkinson’s disease patient being treated at The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University in Henan, China.Deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery involves implanting a device that uses electric signals to regulate brain activity. It alleviates an array of debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease such as tremors, rigidity, and slowness in movement.The UK... FULL STORY
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FCC, NCI Working with Markey to Improve Rural Cancer Care via Broadband

Posted: 12/14/2017
The Federal Communications Commission’s Connect2Health Task Force (C2HFCC) has announced that the FCC and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have joined forces, signing a memorandum of understanding that will focus on how increasing broadband access and adoption in rural areas can improve the lives of rural cancer patients.  As an inaugural project under the memorandum of understanding, the agencies have convened a public-private collaboration that includes the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center to help bridge the broadband health connectivity gap in Appalachia, taking another concrete step toward closing the digital divide."Kentucky leads the nation in... FULL STORY
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UK Global Ophthalmology Program to Host Award-Winning Film

Posted: 12/13/2017
The University of Kentucky Global Ophthalmology (UK GO) program, a new program with a mission to prevent avoidable blindness by fighting eye disease across the Commonwealth and beyond, has partnered with the UK Global Health Initiatives, directed by Dr. Sam Matheny, professor of Family and Community Medicine, for a unique opportunity of a screening of the documentary, “Bending the Arc.” The documentary, produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, tells the story of three extraordinary doctors and activists whose work 30 years ago to save lives in a rural Haitian village grew into a global battle for the right to health for all. The screening will be held 5 p.m... FULL STORY
Tags: Ophthalmology

Students: Register Now for Global Health Case Competition

Posted: 12/11/2017
University of Kentucky students can register now to participate in the fourth annual Global Health Case Competition, an innovative graduate and undergraduate interdisciplinary team competition that develops strategies to address a critical global health challenge.Registration closes midnight Friday, Dec. 15. The UK competition will be held Feb. 3. Register at http://international.uky.edu/GHI/Solve/Case.The UK teams’ strategies are presented to a panel of judges, and the winning team is awarded $1,200 plus free admission to the Midwest Regional Global Health Conference, slated Feb. 24, 2018, at the University of Cincinnati.After individual students register,... FULL STORY
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$2.9 Million NIDA Grant Awarded to UK Researcher to Study Cocaine Use

Posted: 11/27/2017
Does reducing the use of cocaine, but not abstaining from the substance entirely, produce health benefits? There's currently little research available that answers that question. William Stoops, Ph.D., professor in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and director of regulatory knowledge and support for the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science, has received a $2.9 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to find more answers.Stoops hopes his research will contribute to the evolving knowledge of treatment for cocaine use disorder (CUD), a substance use disorder that currently has no well-established... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, Behavioral Science

Markey Awarded NCI Funding to Improve Tobacco Cessation Treatment

Posted: 11/20/2017
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center is one of 22 cancer centers nationwide to receive funding to build and implement tobacco cessation treatment programs via the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Center Cessation Initiative (CCCI).In 2017, NCI launched the Cancer Center Cessation Initiative as part of the NCI Cancer Moonshot℠ program. Through this initiative, Markey will receive $253,000 over the next year to help enhance the delivery of tobacco cessation treatments through four major efforts:Refining electronic medical records and clinical workflows to ensure the systematic identification and documentation of smokers and the routine... FULL STORY
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Gill Heart Institute Cardiovascular Research Day Highlights Innovations in

Posted: 11/20/2017
More than 350 researchers, students and guests attended the 20th University of Kentucky Cardiovascular Research Day at the Lexington Convention Center, an annual event that celebrates the innovative research in cardiovascular health.After opening remarks by Alan Daugherty, Ph.D., director of UK's Saha Cardiovascular Research Center and Dr. Mark Newman, UK Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, several distinguished speakers presented their research. Dr. Calum MacRae of Harvard Medical School presented "Bridging the Gaps in Cardiovascular Translation." Steven Houser, Ph.D., of Temple University presented, "Cardiac Repair and Injury."John Charles, Ph.D... FULL STORY
Tags: CVRC, Research