Research Establishes a New Method to Predict Individual Risk of Cognitive

Posted: 2/5/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2021) — The early prognosis of high-risk older adults for amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), using non-invasive and sensitive neuromarkers, is key for early prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.A recent study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, by researchers at the University of Kentucky establishes what they believe is a new way to predict the risk years before a clinical diagnosis. Their work shows that direct measures of brain signatures during mental activity are more sensitive and accurate predictors of memory decline than current standard behavioral testing.“Many studies have measured electrophysiological... FULL STORY

UK Health Care College Volunteers Help Vaccination Clinic Expand Hours,

Posted: 2/3/2021
The University of Kentucky COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Kroger Field began expanding its Saturday hours and increasing vaccination capacity by about 1,000 people a week thanks to volunteers from the University of Kentucky’s health care colleges.The UK Kroger Field COVID-19 vaccination clinic operates from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Overall, UK HealthCare has vaccinated more than 33,797 people including frontline health care workers, first responders, teachers and school personnel and people over age 70.Previously the clinic had closed at noon on Saturdays but beginning this past weekend, the first expanded clinic... FULL STORY
Tags: Medical Education

Brian Hamilton Named Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Posted: 2/1/2021
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is thrilled to announce the addition of Brian Hamilton, MEd, as its new director of diversity, equity, and inclusion.In this newly established role, Hamilton works under the direction of Stephanie White, MD, MS, to advance the mission of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and help execute the college’s strategic plan. This includes implementing new initiatives and increasing engagement to build a more welcoming, inclusive campus while focusing on efforts for recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, staff, and learners.Hamilton arrives to the UK College of Medicine with nearly a decade of experience developing... FULL STORY

CURE Alliance: Paving the Way for Fighting COVID-19

Posted: 2/1/2021
In early 2020, shortly after SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, was first detected in Wuhan, China, the public learned of the virus’s devastating consequences and the dangers of its spread. But much remained unknown regarding how to combat it.Ten months ago, a team of UK researchers joined forces to learn more about the virus that was causing a global pandemic. Since the team’s creation, it has made record progress in enhanced research, the launch of clinical trials, and the development of clinical care approaches for patients.Scientists, clinicians, and pharmacists from across campus make up the COVID-19 Unified Research Experts (CURE) Alliance. The goals... FULL STORY

Markey Joins Nationwide Effort to Encourage Resumption of Cancer Screening

Posted: 1/29/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 29, 2021) — The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center is teaming up with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), the American Cancer Society (ACS) and other leading cancer organizations across the country to endorse the resumption of cancer screening and treatment during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.The coalition of 76 organizations has released an open letter reminding the public that cancer still poses a major threat to people’s health, but acting as soon as is safely possible can lead to much better outcomes in the future. The letter examines distressing trends showing a significant drop-off in... FULL STORY

Dr. Ima Ebong Named on List of '1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists in

Posted: 1/28/2021
Ima Ebong, MD, MS, assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Department of Neurology, was recently named one of “1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America” in a list published by Cell Mentor, an online resource for researchers.The list, compiled by The Community of Scholars, recognizes the significant contributions Black scientists have made in research.“I’m incredibly humbled to be featured on this list alongside so many outstanding scientists, many whom I have admired since my childhood,” Dr. Ebong said. “I’m grateful for this opportunity, and this acknowledgment motivates me even more to continue paving the way for future physicians,... FULL STORY

UK Undergraduate Research Program Sparks Student Success

Posted: 1/27/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 27, 2021) – Each year, the University of Kentucky’s Students Participating as Ambassadors for Research in Kentucky (SPARK) gives a select group of undergraduates from diverse backgrounds a unique, hands-on research opportunity to prepare them for graduate study in health-related fields.While the COVID-19 pandemic provided new obstacles for SPARK’s 2020 cohort, the three students – Alexis James, Hope Makumbi and Roberto Obregon Garcia – say the challenges brought opportunities to focus on their research, particularly with communication.SPARK, which was launched last year by UK’s Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) and Center for... FULL STORY

UK Faculty, Staff Photographed for '56 Lexington Women of Color'

Posted: 1/26/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan 26, 2021) – A portrait series by Lexington artists Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova titled, “56 Lexington Women of Color: In Honor of VP Kamala Harris,” features a number of University of Kentucky faculty and staff members. The series serves as a tribute to Kamala Harris, the first woman of color to be elected to the office of vice president.“On the day Senator Kamala Harris made history as the first woman and the first woman of color to become Vice President-Elect, Kurt and I started work on a series of 46 photographs to celebrate Harris and to honor Lexington women of color who lead,” wrote Todorova on the project website. “We began by... FULL STORY

UK Researcher Finds Alzheimer’s Patients ‘Get Hooked on a Feeling’ With

Posted: 1/26/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 26, 2021) — Newly published research has found familiar music can elicit an extended emotional response in patients with Alzheimer’s-type dementia. The findings from this potential new approach were featured in issue three of volume 78 of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.Building on the belief that music has emotional and behavioral benefits, researchers under the leadership of University of Kentucky School of Music’s Alaine E. Reschke-Hernández, assistant professor of music therapy, set out to explore if those emotions provoked by music remain without declarative memory (conscious recollection of the music). In... FULL STORY

Richard Welsh to Retire after 52 Years at UK

Posted: 1/25/2021
Professor Richard Welsh’s desire to help Kentucky families propelled a decades-long career in health care and academia at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and UK HealthCare. After nearly 52 years of service, Welsh, LCSW, MSW, has made official plans to retire.To Welsh, the decision to say goodbye was a difficult one. He garnered a wealth of expertise in treating disruptive behavior disorders and made a tremendous impact as a professor, holding joint appointments in the UK College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and the UK College of Social Work.But just as the lyrics say in “The Gambler,” one of his favorite songs by Kenny Rogers, “You’ve got to know... FULL STORY
Tags: psychiatry

Healthy Hearts for Women Virtual Symposium and WIMS Virtual Round Table

Posted: 1/22/2021
The seventh annual Healthy Hearts for Women virtual symposium will take place Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. A virtual round table hosted by Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) will follow the symposium.8:30 a.m.-NoonHealthy Hearts for Women SymposiumExperts from across the globe will discuss topics related to cardiovascular disease and women's health. This event is sponsored by the department of pharmacology and nutritional sciences, the UK Gill Heart and Vascular Institute, and SAHA Cardiovascular Center.Registration required for Zoom link:https://uky.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d1iV695DKk8rRB3Agenda:8:30 - 8:50 a.m.Healthy Hearts for Women Memories Slideshow,Welcome to... FULL STORY
Tags: WIMS, ODEI

Why COVID-19 Vaccine Research Remains Critical

Posted: 1/22/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2021) — While the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines continue to be administered across the United States under an emergency authorization status, ongoing coronavirus vaccine research and development remain critical to the fight against the global pandemic.The emergency authorization allows us to protect people now, but research will continue for decades, says University of Kentucky College of Medicine vaccine researcher Jerry Woodward.Woodward, a professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, is one of several UK medical researchers currently focusing on COVID-19 treatments, preventions and outcomes. Woodward is... FULL STORY