'A Time for Action': College of Medicine Part of Unified Event

Posted: 6/15/2020
The University of Kentucky’s six health colleges and UK HealthCare hosted a unified event on Friday afternoon to recognize racism as a public health crisis and show commitment to social justice. Faculty, staff, and learners met in the Jacobs Science Building courtyard to stand safely in solidarity as they listened, learned, and later knelt together for 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence to honor the memory of Black lives lost to racist violence. Stephanie White, MD, MS, associate dean for diversity and inclusion at the College of Medicine, emceed the event. She started by addressing the key role those in academia play in making effective change. “As faculty and... FULL STORY
Tags: Diversity

CURE Alliance Uniting COVID-19 Research Across UK

Posted: 6/12/2020
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 12, 2020) — In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Kentucky experts quickly mobilized and pivoted their research to unite in the fight against the novel coronavirus.UK researchers across many disciplines are addressing COVID-19’s medical challenges and beyond — including developing new personal protective equipment (PPE) materials, designing testing and diagnostic equipment, and examining the wider societal, economic and legal implications of the pandemic.UK’s COVID-19 Unified Research Experts (CURE) Alliance team has expanded to represent and support this full range of COVID-related research taking place at the university... FULL STORY

Clinical Trial Looks at Antiseptic Nasal Spray and Gargle to Prevent COVID

Posted: 6/10/2020
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 10, 2020) – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, researchers at the University of Kentucky are exploring the use of an antiseptic nasal spray and gargle to prevent transmission and infection of the virus among healthcare workers and non-COVID patients. The PIIPPI trial, which stands for Povidone-Iodine Intranasal for Prophylaxis in front-line Physicians/health care workers and Inpatients, is the first in the country to study iodine as a prevention measure in people who are not COVID-positive. The study is led by Dr. Alexandra Kejner, assistant professor in the UK Department of... FULL STORY

UK Study Shows Opioid, Sedative and Antidepressant Use Pre-Surgery Leads

Posted: 6/8/2020
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 8, 2020) – A study led by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers showed that patients who already used opioids, sedatives or antidepressants prior to colorectal surgery experience significantly more complications post-surgery.Published in Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, the study examined 1,201 patients 18 years of age and older who underwent colorectal resection for any indication other than trauma at UK HealthCare. Of these patients, roughly 30% used opioids, 28% used antidepressants and 18% used sedatives, all legally prescribed by a doctor pre-operatively.Patients on any of these medications showed an increase... FULL STORY

A 'Thank You' to our Academic and Research Technology Team

Posted: 6/5/2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine’s faculty and staff to adjust, and a major component of the adjustment has been ensuring the college’s medical education remains effective and efficient. Much of the smooth transition can be credited to UK HealthCare Information Technology’s Academic and Research Technology (A... FULL STORY
Tags: Medical Education

UK, ArtemiLife Partner to Test for Anti-Cancer Activity of Artemisia Annua

Posted: 6/3/2020
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 3, 2020) – The University of Kentucky and ArtemiLife Inc. will collaborate on a clinical study using the extract of a medicinal plant grown in Kentucky to test for anti-cancer activity of Artemisia annua and to determine the recommended dose of Artemisia annua for future clinical trials.The clinical study, conducted by the UK Markey Cancer Center, will focus on women with ovarian cancer. The study will assess the biomarker influence and kinetics of Artemisia annua extract utilizing ArtemiLife’s tea and coffee products. “Our team has brought Kentucky-grown Artemisia annua from the field, to... FULL STORY

UK First in Kentucky to Offer One-Time Microseed Radiation Therapy for

Posted: 6/3/2020
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 3, 2020) — The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center is the first medical facility in Kentucky to offer Concure Oncology’s Microseed radiation therapy for patients with early-stage breast cancer.Already widely used to successfully treat prostate cancer, Microseed radiation significantly reduces the number of times a patient has to come in for treatment. Traditional breast cancer radiation therapy consists of daily treatments for as long as three to six weeks. Concure’s Breast Microseed Treatment® is a one-time, one-hour procedure for early-stage breast cancer patients who have already undergone surgery to remove cancerous tissue from... FULL STORY
Tags: Radiation Medicine, Markey Cancer Center

PILOT PROJECT FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Posted: 6/2/2020
The NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) on Obesity and Cardiovascular Diseases, in collaboration with the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS) announce the availability of limited funds to support pilot projects focused on research examining obesity-associated diseases. Emphasis for support will be placed on pilot projects that examine the relationship between obesity and cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, COVID-19, cancer, or neurodegenerative diseases.  These pilot grants are intended to assist investigators new to this area of research to generate sufficient data to be competitive for extramural funding. ... FULL STORY
Tags: Research

Curriculum Team Develops New Course for M3s Amid Pandemic

Posted: 6/1/2020
Thanks to quick thinking and collaborative efforts by faculty and staff of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, a new course was developed to alleviate some of the disruption to the medical student curriculum for third-year students during the COVID-19 pandemic. A team of medical education faculty and staff – John Ragsdale, MD, assistant dean for clinical education; curriculum and assessment management director Helen Garces; clerkship development coordinator Amy Murphy; and Chris Feddock, MD, former senior associate dean for medical student education – coordinated the development of an elective that will count as one of the five required for these students... FULL STORY
Tags: Medical Education

UK MedPride: Promoting Inclusivity, Addressing Needs of LGBTQ+ Community

Posted: 5/28/2020
When Blake Herald began his journey at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, he sensed there was something missing, something that would ensure a more inclusive environment for him and his fellow medical students. A collaboration with his peers and University leadership led to a solution.As of fall 2019, UK MedPride is an officially registered, student-run organization with nearly 30 members that aims to increase awareness of the needs and concerns of LGBTQ+ patients while providing resources for LGBTQ+ medical students, researchers, faculty, and staff. The organization marks an important step in building on the College of Medicine’s continued efforts to... FULL STORY
Tags: Student Affairs, Diversity

UK Receives Prestigious Grant from National Institute of Neurological

Posted: 5/26/2020
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 22, 2020) — University of Kentucky College of Medicine scientist Matthew Gentry is one of 20 recipients of a prestigious R35 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders (NINDS) for his research on energy metabolism in the brain. The $8.8 million grant will fund Gentry’s lab in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry over the next eight years.“The goal is to boost scientific productivity in pursuit of the NINDS mission," said Dr. Walter Koroshetz, director of NINDS. "We want to get investigators away from their desks and back to the bench or clinic to more effectively... FULL STORY

UK Neurology Chair Co-authors National Paper on Stroke Care During COVID-19

Posted: 5/26/2020
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 26, 2020) — The COVID-19 pandemic, with reported cases in more than 200 countries, is a worldwide crisis challenging all aspects of health care systems around the globe. Managing the pandemic has required some drastic changes and allocation of resources. This is affecting the delivery of care for health conditions that can be unrelated to COVID-19. Experts in various fields across health care are working to adjust to the changes to ensure they provide the best care during this time while also protecting themselves and their colleagues.Dr. Larry Goldstein, chair of the University of Kentucky Department of Neurology, coauthored an article... FULL STORY