UK HealthCare Launches Pediatric Neuroendocrine Tumor Program

Posted: 8/26/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 26, 2021) — UK HealthCare recently launched a new Pediatric Neuroendocrine Tumor Clinical and Research Program to improve treatment for children diagnosed with or at high risk for developing rare neuroendocrine tumors (NETs). This program is a joint effort between the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center and the Kentucky Children’s Hospital and is one of only a handful of centers specializing in this field in the world.Medical oncologist Aman Chauhan, MD, pediatric hematologist/oncologist Caryn Sorge, MD, and pediatric surgical oncologist David Worhunsky, MD, are leading the program, which will... FULL STORY

UK Study: Healthy Dietary Intake Associated With Lower Brain Iron, Better

Posted: 8/26/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 26, 2021) — Research conducted at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine suggests that higher intake of specific nutrients is associated with lower brain iron concentration and better cognitive performance in older adults.The study was recently published in the Neurobiology of Aging and highlights the important balance of non-heme iron for optimal neuronal function. Excess non-heme brain iron has been associated with neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease. High levels of brain iron can also be seen in normal aging, where they have been correlated with poor cognitive... FULL STORY

Markey Makes Major Impact on National Genomics Trial

Posted: 8/24/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2021) — The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center hit another major milestone in its collaboration with the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network (ORIEN) — since joining ORIEN in 2017, 5,000 patients have been enrolled in the program.ORIEN is an alliance of 18 major cancer centers that shares information to allow its members to push forward evidence-based cancer care to patients. Working with the ORIEN network, Markey has developed substantial insight into the local patterns in cancer mutations and drug metabolizing genes, allowing for better matching patients to clinical trials and new studies designed to... FULL STORY

UK Researcher a Force in the Fight Against Lyme Disease

Posted: 8/20/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 20, 2021) — At a time when incidence of Lyme disease is rising across the U.S., a study led by University of Kentucky College of Medicine researcher Brian Stevenson, Ph.D., may provide a significant impact in the fight against the disease.A new study will build upon Stevenson's three decades of research aimed at understanding Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.The professor in the UK Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics received $3.4 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to reveal how the bacteria transmits from ticks and infects... FULL STORY

African American Research Training Scholars Present Neuroscience Research

Posted: 8/18/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 18, 2021) — The University of Kentucky Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC) hosted a symposium last week featuring its first class of African American Research Training Scholars (AARTS).The five scholars each gave a presentation on their research in neurotrauma.“This scholarship program was established by support from the Kentucky Spinal Cord and Head Injury Research Trust to provide vital research opportunities for Black undergraduate students at the University of Kentucky,” said Joe Springer, professor and interim director of SCoBIRC. “This is part of the SCoBIRC’s continued efforts to promote diversity in neuroscience, a... FULL STORY

Watch Live: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Receives $14.5 Million to

Posted: 8/18/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 18, 2021) — Watch live at 10:30 a.m. as the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) announces $14.5 million in renewed funding for its Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) program from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).The five-year award will allow UK to remain among the leaders in Alzheimer’s disease research and associated neurodegenerative disorders. It will support research, teaching, outreach and service activities and a multidisciplinary team involving 26 faculty members from 14 academic departments, and 29 postdoctoral and... FULL STORY

New Markey Initiative Helps Affiliates Deliver Cancer Care Closer to Home

Posted: 8/17/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 17, 2021) —​ The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center launched a new initiative to create a connected, integrated statewide cancer provider network. As the only cancer center in Kentucky to achieve a National Cancer Institute designation and a U.S. News Top 50 national ranking for the past five years, over 40% of all new cancer cases in the state are directly or indirectly cared for by Markey. The investments, which include upgraded cancer conference facilities and a comprehensive cancer care platform, will help ensure the delivery of quality cancer care close to home."Our vision for Kentuckians connects... FULL STORY

UK Computer Scientist Brings Tech Expertise to New Alliance

Posted: 8/16/2021
The innate ability of Cody Bumgardner, PhD, to work with computer systems was evident in high school. Computers were being installed in one of his school’s first computer labs, and when workers unboxed the systems and left for lunch, he snuck into the lab and installed the hardware by the time they returned.Dr. Bumgardner said school leadership was so impressed, they offered to pay for computer training if he helped out the school system. So at 15 years old, he took daily lessons and completed multiple certificate programs that made him employable as a technology specialist without traditional academic credentials. He has enjoyed a prosperous, fulfilling career in... FULL STORY

Pilot Grants Expand Substance Use Research Opportunities

Posted: 8/11/2021
By Elizabeth Chapin WednesdayLEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 11, 2021) — New pilot grants at the University of Kentucky are supporting innovative research to further understand causes and treatments of substance use disorders.Since they were launched last year, UK’s Substance Use Research Priority Area (SUPRA) pilot grants have already assisted 16 faculty and student researchers. Their projects support SUPRA’s mission to prevent and reduce the burdens of substance use disorders through conducting and translating transdisciplinary and innovative research to inform clinical services, public health practice and policy.“We have several SUPRA pilot grant... FULL STORY

BLOG: UK, Fayette County Schools' STEM Pipeline Program

Posted: 8/10/2021
As summer camp season wraps up and a new school year begins, this “Research Made Possible” podcast shares how University of Kentucky researchers across campus are targeting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The STEM Through Authentic Research and Training (START) program at UK is partnering with Fayette County Public Schools to create a unique pipeline to increase STEM literacy and promote STEM careers for traditionally underrepresented populations (people of color, individuals with disabilities, students from free or reduced lunch schools), first-generation college students and girls and women in STEM.The START... FULL STORY

Intergenerational Initiative Will Offer Toys with a Purpose in Hazard

Posted: 8/9/2021
HAZARD, Ky. (Aug. 9, 2021) — The University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (UK CERH) in Hazard, Kentucky, in partnership with the Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network (KARRN), will be the home site of Toys with a Purpose, a new intergenerational initiative that will establish a lending library to support child development and promote learning through play by improving access to free adapted toys in Eastern Kentucky.Toys with a Purpose will expand the capacity of the well-established and highly successful Project CARAT (Coordinating and Assisting the Reuse of Assistive Technology) by utilizing grant funding... FULL STORY

'Everything has been Gearing' Dr. Hal Marmolejos for Medical

Posted: 8/9/2021
No matter the question, no matter the person who asked it, 7-month-old Ehdisyn Marmolejos had a habit of shaking her head “no” in response.But when her father, Hal Marmolejos, asked her one day if he should go to medical school, it was the first time he ever saw her nod “yes.”The moment brought tears to Hal’s eyes. He jumped up and down.“That experience opened my eyes to the world of medicine,” Hal said. “It was a moment of clarity, that everything in my life had been leading me toward becoming a doctor.”When Hal’s daughter was born, her twin brother Huxton was healthy, but she suffered unusually low energy in her early months, which alerted the family and prompted a... FULL STORY