UK Pediatrics Recognized as Model in Early Childhood Screenings

Posted: 5/7/2018
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recognized UK HealthCare's General Pediatric Clinic as a model in its implementation of early childhood screenings.By integrating a series of standardized screenings into a child's visit, including developmental surveillance, maternal depression screenings, social determinants and family strengths, doctors, nurses and staff are able to get a more complete assessment of a child's health beyond his or her physical well-being. All pediatric providers complete the same screenings for all patients."What made us look at how we're doing these screenings is the fact that we felt like weren't consistent from patient to patient, and... FULL STORY
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UK Honors the 2018-2019 University Research Professors

Posted: 5/3/2018
This week, it was my distinct pleasure to present the University Research Professorship Awards to 14 members of our faculty who have demonstrated excellence in research and creative work that addresses scientific, social, cultural, economic and health challenges in our region and around the world.At a reception hosted by President Eli Capilouto at Maxwell Place, with their families, deans, associate deans for research and nominators on hand to celebrate with them, we had the opportunity to recognize and publicize the accomplishments of these scholars.The University Research Professorships were established by the UK Board of Trustees in 1976 to recognize outstanding... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, Awards and Recognition

Celebrities Announced for 30th Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala

Posted: 5/1/2018
 The Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala, internationally recognized as the “premier” Kentucky Derby gala and counted among the “10 Best Parties in the World” by Condé Nast, has announced the celebrity lineup for its 30th annual gala being held Friday, May 4 in Louisville.The star-studded bash is held at the home of Patricia Barnstable brown, who co-hosts the event with her twin sister Priscilla Barnstable. The celebrity packed gala benefits the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Research Center at the University of Kentucky with almost $14 million donated to UK over the past 11 years.This year's guests will include:Kid RockAaron RodgersTy... FULL STORY
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Head Injuries and the Path from Pilot Study to Major Grant

Posted: 4/18/2018
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been a hot topic of late as soldiers return from the battlefield and football players from the gridiron with debilitating injuries.To date, treatment for TBI has been limited because the underlying mechanisms that cause brain damage are still poorly understood. Recently, however, science has shown increased interest in exploring ways to prompt the brain to heal itself after injury, or perhaps even protect itself as the injury occurs.A team of researchers from the University of Kentucky Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC), and the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging have... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, Grant

CCTS Conference on Opioids Draws Nearly 1,000 Participants

Posted: 4/17/2018
The 13th Annual Spring Conference of the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) was held April 13 at the Lexington Convention Center. While the CCTS supports research across the spectrum of diseases, this year’s conference focused on using translational science to address the opioid epidemic.Nearly 1,000 researchers, clinicians, students, trainees, community partners and local and national experts participated in the day-long, multidisciplinary event to share their findings and enhance collaborations. In addition to plenary presentations by nationally renowned speakers, around 300 posters were presented, along with... FULL STORY
Tags: CCTS, Research

UK HealthCare Opens New Kentucky Children's Hospital Lobby and NICU

Posted: 4/16/2018
After years of careful planning, Kentucky Children's Hospital (KCH) unveiled the new Makenna Foundation Welcome Center and Betti Ruth Robinson Taylor Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in UK HealthCare's Chandler Hospital.The new welcome center symbolizes the first time that Kentucky Children’s Hospital will truly have a front door – a physical presence that defines us as a children’s hospital within the hospital. The spacious lobby includes patient and visitor registration, a gift shop, a digital interactive wall, and a large-scale art installation called "Exuberance", which is comprised of marble-filled kites suspended from the ceiling.The welcome center includes... FULL STORY
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Haist Named Associate Dean for UK's Regional Medical Campus in

Posted: 4/10/2018
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine has announced that Dr. Steven A. Haist will be rejoining the college to serve as associate dean for its Northern Kentucky regional campus. A UK College of Medicine alumnus, Haist held multiple educational roles throughout the college for two decades, including course director for pre-clinical introduction to clinical medicine courses, clerkship director for a required ambulatory internal medicine third-year clerkship, and internal medicine residency program director. He also developed the college’s standardized patient program to teach to and assess interviewing and physical examination skills... FULL STORY
Tags: Campus Expansion, Northern Kentucky Campus

Annual Report Spotlights UK Research Impact on Kentucky

Posted: 4/9/2018
How is research at the University of Kentucky transforming tomorrow? The UK Research 2017 Annual Report shares the economic impact of UK research, strategic plan progress, national rankings and innovative federally funded research projects in substance abuse, cancer, diabetes and obesity, cardiovascular diseases, neuroscience and aging, and energy.In 2017, UK investigators brought in $331.3 million in research awards. Of that total, $178.3 million were federal grants, including $113.9 million from the National Institutes of Health. Industry contracts to UK totaled $18.1 million. “We believe in the powerful idea that brainpower, harnessed in common cause against... FULL STORY
Tags: Research

Leading the Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic at National Summit

Posted: 4/5/2018
Few states have been harder hit by the opioid epidemic than Kentucky. Countless lives have been lost, families have been broken and communities have been ravaged. That’s why University of Kentucky physicians, researchers and academic and administrative leaders joined nearly 3,000 experts from all 50 states at the annual Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit this week in Atlanta, Georgia. Together, they are seeking solutions. The annual summit is the largest national collaboration of professionals from local, state, and federal agencies, business, academia, treatment providers, and allied communities impacted by prescription drug abuse and heroin use. It was introduced... FULL STORY
Tags: Opioid Treatment, Research

Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center Patient is First in Lexington to Use

Posted: 4/3/2018
No matter how diligently a person with diabetes works at their diabetes management, the amount of effort put in doesn’t always yield the desired results, and it can be very frustrating.A person living with diabetes can spend hours every day tracking blood glucose levels, calculating insulin injections, finding time for exercise, counting carbohydrates and making food substitutions. Timing is everything in all areas of life, particularly for the person living with diabetes. The challenges can be great but the reward of a longer, healthier life is greater.Advances in diabetes management continually improve and an insulin pump has been an option for many patients. Insulin... FULL STORY
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Behind the Blue: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic with Dr. Laura Fanucchi

Posted: 4/2/2018
The opioid epidemic has ravaged communities across the United States and few states have been harder hit than Kentucky. There is, however, a reason to have hope. Researchers, physicians and leaders in the Commonwealth and across the nation are working to find solutions that can help people enter recovery and save lives.Physicians like Dr. Laura Fanucchi work with patients who have opioid use disorder (OUD) to help them on their path to recovery. In several clinical spaces at UK HealthCare, Fanucchi, an assistant professor in Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, assists patients by providing medication-assisted treatment, the... FULL STORY

Sanders-Brown Grant Trains New Generation of Dementia Researchers

Posted: 4/2/2018
The University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has been awarded a $2 million grant by the National Institutes of Health to train the next generation of dementia researchers. The T32 training grant, “Training in Traditional Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (TRIAD),” is the first Sanders-Brown Center on Aging training grant dedicated to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.The program provides cross-disciplinary, bench-to-bedside training for all trainees. “We have really fantastic faculty, so our trainees will be exposed to high-caliber mentorship that prepares them for a research career in an area of dire need,” said Elizabeth... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging