Markey Researchers Solve 100-year-old Scientific Mystery

Posted: 9/12/2019
Researchers at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center have made a breakthrough discovery that solves a mystery long forgotten by science and have identified a potentially novel avenue in pre-clinical models to treat non-small cell lung cancers.Published in Cell Metabolism, the research centers on the function of glycogen accumulation in the nucleus of a cell. Glycogen is known as a carbohydrate energy storage molecule for cells. Its presence was first described in the nucleus in the 1890s, but no functional role had been described for nuclear glycogen – unlike glycogen stored by the liver or muscle tissue, which is used as a form of energy in various... FULL STORY
Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Biochemistry

Grocery Shop Like a Cardiologist

Posted: 9/9/2019
Grocery shopping can be overwhelming given the number of choices down every aisle and deciding between what is healthy or not can add to that challenge. It is possible to stick to a healthy meal plan – you just have to plan ahead. Here are grocery guidelines to reduce the amount of dietary fat, sugar, and salt that is associated with a higher risk for obesity, heart attack, diabetes and other diseases. Live colorfully. Make a list that emphasizes naturally colorful foods – the more vegetables, the better – and stick to it. The produce section is made up of fresh fruits and veggies that are high in vitamins and fiber and low in fat. Avoid food made... FULL STORY
Tags: Cardiology

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Marks Official Opening of UK College of Medicine-

Posted: 9/5/2019
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine joined partners St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Northern Kentucky University on Thursday for a ribbon cutting ceremony that officially marked the opening of its new Northern Kentucky Campus.The new site welcomed an inaugural class of 35 medical students during a white coat ceremony in August. This will be the UK College of Medicine’s second four-year regional campus. The first in Bowling Green opened in 2018.“At the University of Kentucky, we know that working together—across disciplines and across the Commonwealth—is the best way to ensure real, positive change for those we serve," said UK Provost David Blackwell. "Thanks to... FULL STORY
Tags: Medical Education, Campus Expansion

Dearinger Named Kentucky’s Public Health Commissioner

Posted: 9/3/2019
Dr. Angela T. Dearinger, assistant dean of accreditation with the Graduate Medical Education office and an associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin as Kentucky’s Public Health Commissioner, effective Sept. 1.Dearinger will lead the Kentucky Department of Public Health, which is responsible for developing and operating state public health programs while working to better the health and safety of Kentuckians through prevention, promotion, and protection.“This is a crucial position in facilitating the improved health and wellness of the citizens of the Commonwealth,... FULL STORY
Tags: Faculty

What Drives Inflammation in Type 2 Diabetes? Not Glucose, Says New Research

Posted: 8/30/2019
To date, the underlying causes of inflammation in obesity and Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) have been poorly understood, which has hampered efforts to develop treatments to prevent complications from a disease that is the third leading cause of death in the United States.But new research at the University of Kentucky shows that changes to mitochondria — the powerhouse of cells — drive chronic inflammation from cells exposed to certain types of fats, shattering the prevailing assumption that glucose was the culprit.Chronic inflammation fuels many of the devastating complications of Type 2 diabetes, including cardiovascular, kidney, and periodontal diseases, and is thus... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, Diabetes

Annual Appalachian Research Day Set for Sept. 18 in Hazard

Posted: 8/28/2019
The University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH) has released the agenda for the fifth annual Appalachian Research Day: Come Sit on the Porch.  The one-day event, which shares results of health research conducted with communities in Appalachia, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the First Federal Center in Hazard. Registration for the event closes on Sept. 12. UK researchers work closely with communities throughout Appalachia to learn more about health issues and improve wellbeing. Appalachian Research Day is an opportunity to highlight community-based research that begins at the local level and builds upon relationships between... FULL STORY
Tags: Center of Excellence in Rural Health, Research

Igniting Passions: Achieving What’s Wildly Possible

Posted: 8/26/2019
When he came here, Asare Nkansah did not know how he would fit in or what path he might take.This summer, the College of Engineering doctoral student worked alongside others from the University of Kentucky at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. He’s helping to develop an app so other students can succeed by finding a sense of community and belonging.His mission: help others find their community.A generation ago, Ouita Michel spent early mornings and late nights researching books and policy papers, preparing arguments with her colleagues, as a member of UK’s national championship debate team.Today, she owns and operates seven restaurants throughout Central... FULL STORY

College of Medicine's Faculty of Color Network Hosts First Gala

Posted: 8/22/2019
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine's Faculty of Color Network (FCN) is hosting its first gala on Oct. 18. The College is spearheading the event, with the theme, “Undeniable, Uncompromising, Unstoppable: Celebrating Diversity in Medicine and the Community.” The recently established FCN is committed to scholarship and professional development, community engagement and advocacy.The black-tie event will honor pioneering physician, Dr. Marian A. Swope, and an emerging UK scholar, Jean Branttie. The proceeds from the event will benefit the UK Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives and The Nest Center for Women, Children and Families.... FULL STORY

UK College of Medicine Welcomes Inaugural Class at Northern Kentucky Campus

Posted: 8/8/2019
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine welcomed its first class of medical students who will pursue education at its new Northern Kentucky Campus this fall, marking the college’s continuous expansion and collaboration efforts to better serve the health needs of Kentucky communities.The UK College of Medicine-Northern Kentucky Campus gathered 35 students Friday afternoon at Greaves Concert Hall for the inaugural class’s White Coat Ceremony, an annual event that commemorates the beginning of medical training.UK partnered with St. Elizabeth Healthcare, one of the most respected medical providers in the Greater Cincinnati region, along with Northern Kentucky... FULL STORY
Tags: Northern Kentucky Campus, Medical Education, Students

The Center for Advanced Translational Stroke Science (CATSS)

Posted: 8/7/2019
The Center for Advanced Translational Stroke Science (CATSS) was established in 2015 to support basic and translational stroke research, to provide an interactive and collaborative environment for research development between research and clinical faculty (and strengthen interactions with other clinical departments) and to provide a support structure for successful funding of research in stroke at the University of Kentucky. The center includes more than 10 clinical and translational stroke researchers and provides several research cores to support its mission of improving our understanding of stroke pathophysiology, neurorecovery, and to discover new and... FULL STORY
Tags: Neurology

Research Volunteers Drive Discoveries at Sanders-Brown Center on Aging

Posted: 8/5/2019
Myrte Nudd is effervescent and chatty as she talks about her schedule. She teaches seniors at the Lexington Senior Center how to use their new cell phones, tablets and laptops, helps out when her church needs food for post-Mass receptions, travels to her grandson's high school graduation and to far-flung places such as western Canada, Europe, New York and even Russia. And by the way, she needs to go now because she's promised to take her twin 16-year old granddaughters on their annual shopping trip. "It keeps my wheels turning," she said. "As long as I'm fit and fiddle to do all these things, I'll keep at it."Also inked into her busy schedule: Myrte... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Alzheimer's research

BLOG: Record-breaking Research Awards Power UK Innovation

Posted: 8/1/2019
University of Kentucky (UK) faculty received $417.1 million in competitive research awards last fiscal year, a record-breaking increase of $83 million over the previous year.  This astounding 25% increase in FY 2019 takes the university to an unprecedented 12% compound annual growth rate over the last three years for grants and contracts to UK.  Federal grants and contracts, which are highly competitive, increased by 16% from the previous year, and represent large increases from federal funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH, 32% increase) and the National Science Foundation (NSF, 47% increase). ... FULL STORY
Tags: Research