Lance Cpl. Benjamin Shaw: From Rocket Launchers to Alzheimer's

Posted: 11/8/2019
For Lance Cpl. Benjamin Shaw, enlisting in the military was almost inevitable. Dedication to serving the country ran in his family.Something else was also a significant part of his family history: autoimmune disorders. More specifically, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis, a disease that affects the central nervous system. Also, his wife has autoimmune hepatitis. Seeing the effects of these disorders firsthand is what prompted Lance Cpl. Shaw to also seek training in science, hoping to someday utilize his passion for helping others through research.Now, he’s a veteran who served three years in the Marine Corps and a current PhD candidate with the University of... FULL STORY

UK's Transform Health Clinic Hosts 'Sound Off'

Sound Off - A discussion on best practices for working with the LGBTQ* community in mental health and substance use treatment settings. Nov 7, 2019 5:30-7:30 Posted: 11/6/2019
A developing issue within the health care realm is understanding what it means to be transgender inclusive. UK HealthCare’s Transform Health Clinic is hosting an event to discuss what it means to be transgender inclusive with health care providers and members of the Lexington community. The dialogue at the Sound Off workshop will specifically address mental health and substance use treatment for transgender people.Transgender people have historically been excluded from or mistreated within health care settings, resulting in higher rates of many conditions, including depression, anxiety and substance use disorder (SUD). When they don’t feel welcomed and affirmed by... FULL STORY

UK Law to Host Panel of Experts for 'Unbelievable' Discussion

The "Unbelievable" Panel Discussion will take place Nov. 11. Flyer courtesy of: UK College of Law. Posted: 11/5/2019
The University of Kentucky College of Law will host a panel comprising experienced professionals including prosecutors, advocates, social workers, trauma therapists, journalists and psychologists to discuss the themes and events covered in “Unbelievable,” a Netflix series about sexual assault. The discussion will take place noon Monday, Nov. 11, in the G. Chad Perry III Grand Courtroom located inside the College of Law and is free and open to the public.The panel will be moderated by UK Law Robert E. Harding Jr. Associate Professor Blanche Cook, whose primary areas of expertise include criminal law and procedure, evidence, trial advocacy and sex... FULL STORY

After Successful Treatment, KCH Patient's Heart is 'Happy'

After receiving his third pacemaker, 13-year-old Jeremiah is happy and healthy and ready to play. Posted: 11/4/2019
Ask 13-year-old Jeremiah Zurowski how he’s feeling and his one-word reply speaks volumes.“Happy.”And he is happy. He talks excitedly about his favorite movies and playing with his brothers. He’s generous with smiles, high-fives and hugs. His heart is big and warm, but until recently, his heart wasn’t healthy.A ventricular septal defect (VSD) is a hole in the wall that separates the lower chambers of the heart, causing the heart to work harder to pump blood. The defect is common, especially in children with Down syndrome such as Jeremiah. Left untreated, patients with VSDs “fail to thrive,” meaning they don’t grow or develop as they should. Jeremiah was born with two such... FULL STORY

What You Need to Know About Screening for Lung Cancer

Eric S. Bensadoun, MD, FRCPC, MPH Posted: 11/4/2019
The leading cause of cancer death in both men and women the United States is lung cancer. Unfortunately, Kentucky is home the highest incidence and death rate from lung cancer in the country. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 4,900 Kentuckians will be diagnosed with a lung and bronchus cancer in 2019, with more than 3,200 succumbing to the disease. The survival rate of people still alive five years after being diagnosed with lung cancer in Kentucky is lower than the national average. Prevention: The best way to reduce the burden of lung cancer in our state is through prevention – while there’s no guaranteed way to completely prevent lung cancer,... FULL STORY

Dean DiPaola, Dr. Studts honored with MediStar Awards

Posted: 11/1/2019
The 2019 MediStar Awards honored University of Kentucky College of Medicine Dean Robert S. DiPaola, MD, and Jamie L. Studts, Ph.D., professor in the UK College of Medicine Department of Behavioral Science. Since 2007, IGE Media, publisher of Medical News, has recognized excellence in the business of healthcare at the exclusive MediStar Awards, which honors healthcare professionals for their achievements in advocacy, innovation, education, leadership and aging care.This year, more than 45 individuals and organizations across Kentucky and southern Indiana were represented as MediStar Award nominees.  Winners were announced at the MediStar... FULL STORY
Tags: Behavioral Science, MediStar, Lung Cancer, Northern Kentucky Campus, College of Medicine Bowling Green Campus

Lung Cancer Survivor Unites Others in Fight Against the Disease

Lindi Campbell photographed at Everybody Fights, Lexington, Ky. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo Posted: 10/31/2019
Picking up a thick set of battle ropes, Lindi Campbell crouches down and knocks out smooth sets of traditional alternating waves, slams and in-and-out waves, pausing only for a moment between sets to shake out the tension in her shoulders. It’s an exercise that would leave most people breathless, but Campbell is barely breaking a sweat.Her pale gray workout tank says it all: She will run and not grow weary. At a freshly minted 55 years old, Campbell is fitter and more energetic than people half her age. A self-professed cardio queen, her favorite workout is a type of interval training known as Tabata: a relentless four-minute drill that involves pushing... FULL STORY

College of Medicine Faculty Named 'Emerging Leaders' by AAHPM

Posted: 10/30/2019
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is proud to share that two of our faculty members, Lindsay Ragsdale, MD, and Jessica McFarlin, MD, have been named Emerging Leaders in Hospice and Palliative Medicine by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). Dr. Ragsdale and Dr. McFarlin were among 40 health care professionals selected out of more than 120 nominations for the honor, which recognizes career accomplishments, involvement with the AAHPM, student and resident mentoring, and charitable work. Dr. Ragsdale is director of the Pediatric Advanced Care Team and division chief of pediatric palliative care. She educates future physicians... FULL STORY
Tags: Palliative Medicine, Pediatrics, Neurology

Swope Recognized as 'Pioneering Physician' at the UK College of

Dr. Swope receiving her award at the FCN Gala on Oct. 18, 2019 Posted: 10/30/2019
Dr. Marian Swope has done it all:  University of Kentucky College of Medicine graduate, professor and a pioneering physician. She was recently recognized at the College’s first Faculty of Color Network (FCN) Gala held on Oct. 18.Swope started teaching soon after finishing medical school but that wasn’t always the plan. Becoming a doctor with altruistic plans of providing medical treatment to the underserved was her ultimate goal. However, the mission of education, research and clinical care in medical school and residency helped lay the groundwork for her future. Now Swope’s time at UK has amounted to about 30 years, and she contributes that to UK’s atmosphere... FULL STORY

New $5.7 Million Grant Aims to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening,

Posted: 10/29/2019
Cancer-control researchers at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center and  The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) aim to increase colorectal cancer screening and follow-up care among underserved individuals in Appalachia through a $5.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute.Co-led by Mark Dignan, Ph.D., co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at UK, and Electra Paskett, Ph.D., co-leader of the OSUCCC – James Cancer Control Research Program, this new study will involve public health... FULL STORY

College of Medicine Alumna and Student Receive Lyman T. Johnson Awards

Posted: 10/28/2019
Congratulations to a College of Medicine alumna and student who were recently honored during the 2019 Lyman T. Johnson Awards Banquet.  Ima Ebong, MD, '11, assistant professor of neurology and clinical neurophysiology, was honored with the Lyman T. Johnson Torch of Excellence Award. The award is presented annually to an African-American alum whose faith, hard work and determination has positively affected the lives of people on the UK campus, the city, state or nation.  Third-year medical student Ochuko P. Diamreyan Jr. received the Lyman T. Johnson Torch Bearer Award. This award honors an African-American student for academic achievement and ability to impact... FULL STORY

Markesbery Scientific Symposium and Poster Session Set for Nov. 6

Posted: 10/28/2019
The University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging will hold the 9th Annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia on Wednesday, Nov. 6.  The scientific session opens with check-in and registration at 8:15 am in Karpf Auditorium, Pavilion A, UK Chandler Hospital 1000 S. Limestone. Speaker presentations begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at noon.Judged poster session and boxed lunch will be held from 12:15 – 2:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Biomedical/Biological Sciences Research Building (BBSRB) 741 S. Limestone.This year’s program features guest speaker Adam Brickman, Ph.D., professor of Neuropsychology, Department of Neurology, Columbia University, as... FULL STORY