‘Thank God for a Kidney Stone’ – Middlesboro Man’s Diagnosis Leads to

Posted: 8/24/2020
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2020) – Kidney stones are infamously painful. Even at their tiniest size, these mineral deposits can wreak havoc as they exit the kidneys, leading to the type of breathtaking pain that’s often compared to the experience of giving birth.But for Middlesboro resident Michael Slusher, that pain turned out to be a wake-up call for something much more serious.“I’m probably the only person who says, ‘Thank God for a kidney stone,’” he said. “Because it discovered my kidney cancer before it metastasized.”The CEO of Middlesboro ARH Hospital, Slusher was leaving work in early February when he began experiencing persistent pain in his abdomen that... FULL STORY

For A Veteran Telemedicine Doctor, Pandemic Confirms Need to Improve

Posted: 8/20/2020
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 20, 2020) – By the time the pandemic forced many patients and providers into telemedicine, ophthalmologist Dr. Ana Bastos de Carvalho had been using it for years. As co-founder of the University of Kentucky’s Global Ophthalmology (UKGO) program, she has helped build and expand a statewide telemedicine eye screening program for diabetic patients in disadvantaged rural and urban communities.Diabetes damages the eyes by causing blood vessels to become either leaky or thick and overgrown, so all patients need eye screenings every year. But many Kentuckians with diabetes don’t have insurance or live near an eye clinic, which means they don’... FULL STORY

Registration, Calls for Poster Abstracts Now Open for Annual CERH

Posted: 8/19/2020
HAZARD, Ky. (Aug. 19, 2020) — The 6th Annual Appalachian Research Day (ARD): Come Sit on the Porch will be held as a virtual seminar series, beginning Sept. 16, 2020. ARD is an annual event hosted by the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CEHR) to share results of health research conducted with communities in Appalachia.“Disseminating health disparities research findings at the local level is something our Center is strongly committed to,” said Dr. Fran Feltner, director of the UK CERH. “We value our community members and organizations who are willing to partner with us to conduct and participate in community-based... FULL STORY

SOPS, OTC Announce Winners of Postdoctoral Pitch Competition Sponsored by

Posted: 8/18/2020
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 18, 2020) — The University of Kentucky Society of Postdoctoral Scholars (SOPS) hosted their first Research Pitch Competition where 19 postdocs and fellows showcased their research with one-minute elevator pitches.The competition was a partnership between SOPS and the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) with support from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA), and sponsored by the UK International Center (UKIC) and the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR).“It was an honor to contribute to this fun and exciting event because I believe that pitching your research (or anything really) in... FULL STORY

UK Clinical Trial Aims to Understand Role of Cannabinoids in Prostate

Posted: 8/17/2020
Cannabinoids have been widely used in medicines to control pain, nausea, and vomiting and to stimulate appetite, especially in cancer patients. As it is through effective research that we are able to understand and advance new options, the UK College of Medicine and Markey Cancer Center faculty are now looking to understand if there is a role for Cannabinoids in the treatment of a deadly cancer in men, prostate cancer.Researchers recently launched a clinical trial to study the safety and effectiveness of an FDA-approved Cannabidiol (CBD) agent, Epidiolex, specifically for patients with prostate cancer who have rising prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels after localized... FULL STORY
Tags: Research

#TogetherUKY: A Thank You to UK HealthCare's Clinical Laboratory

Posted: 8/13/2020
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2020) — On and off campus, members of our UK community are working to ensure that the university can keep its promise to our state — to educate, serve, research and heal. That's why UKNow is launching this new "#TogetherUKY" series to thank some of the UK faculty and staff who are a representation of all our employees who are working hard in numerous areas and departments around our campus. We can't continue our mission without their commitment, resilience and collaborative spirit during this challenging time. We will get through this together.In this new series, the University of Kentucky thanks the many people it... FULL STORY

COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Tested at UK Shows Positive Preclinical Results

Posted: 8/13/2020
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2020) — PDS Biotechnology, a clinical stage immunotherapy company, has announced positive results from preclinical testing conducted at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, PDS0203. PDS0203 stands out among COVID-19 vaccines currently in development because it includes a vaccine technology pioneered by PDS Biotech called Versamune®, which stimulates important parts of the immune system to activate T cells.Versamune activates an important immunological signaling pathway known to be essential in the induction of both anti-viral and anti-tumor immune responses. It also more... FULL STORY

UK Researcher Named AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow

Posted: 8/12/2020
Nika Larian, a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine’s Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, has been awarded a Science... FULL STORY
Tags: Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences

Cancer, COVID and the Kentucky Economy: How 'Sweet Annie' Could

Posted: 8/11/2020
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 11, 2020) — With the morning sun rising in the sky at the University of Kentucky’s sprawling Spindletop Farm, Patrick Perry is in high spirits, smiling behind his reflective shades as his tractor roars to life. His student workers, UK seniors Chris Bankes and Tyler Miles, take Styrofoam float beds loaded with tiny seedlings of the plant Artemisia annua and attach them to a mechanical transplanter hitched to the tractor. It’s just another day at the farm for the crew, taking these freshly sprouted baby plants from the greenhouse to their new home out in the fields.With its wispy, feathery leaves, the Artemisia annua seedling resembles one of... FULL STORY

UK Neuropsychologist Shares the Science Behind ‘Toxic Stress’

Posted: 8/10/2020
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 10, 2020) — Most of us have heard the phrase that some stress is good. Timothy Ainger, Ph.D., assistant professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Neurology, says the word ‘some’ is key. Ainger specializes in neuropsychology which is the brain-behavior relationship. He says it is true that a small to moderate amount of stress or pressure does help a person focus and perform at their best.Everyone’s sympathetic nervous system responds to stress in different ways and is multifaceted; pupil dilation, heart rate increase, release of glucose and bronchial dilation…to name a few responses. Ainger says after the resolution of a... FULL STORY

UK Research Center Establishes Scholar Program to Promote Diversity in

Posted: 8/6/2020
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 6, 2020) — For a couple of years now members of the University of Kentucky Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC), in collaboration with UK College of Arts and Sciences, have been working to increase the representation of Black undergraduate students in neuroscience. “It is our obligation as professors and scientists to train the next generation of neuroscientists and to promote diversity and inclusivity in doing so,” said Mark Prendergast, director of the neuroscience B.S. degree program within College of Arts and Sciences.Prendergast says he along with Dr. Joe Springer, director of the SCoBIRC, submitted a... FULL STORY

Dancing Wildcats Enjoy Smoother Transition to the Field of Medicine

Posted: 8/6/2020
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 6, 2020) — The connection between art and medicine has been a focus of medical education institutions for decades.In 1983, Yale School of Medicine created the Program for Humanities in Medicine to create better doctors and better patient relationships. Viewing a patient as a complete human being with stories outside of their symptoms or ailments can lead to more empathy between doctors and patients. Dozens of medical schools have been exposing residents to art to build their observation skills. In 2016, Harvard Medical School began integrating drama, dance... FULL STORY