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Sprang Receives $2 million Grant to Expand Services at UK Center on Trauma and Children

Posted: 9/16/2016

Dr. Ginny Sprang, professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Psychiatry and executive director of UK’s Center on Trauma and Children (CTAC), has been awarded a $2 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

When Sprang began her research she focused on the field of traumatic stress, investigating event-specific factors that influenced how trauma manifested in people of all ages. Her experience as a psychotherapist working with violence exposed children began to shape the trauma research she conducted. For 21 years, Sprang has conducted child trauma research at UK and served as a local and national leader in the field.

In 1999, the seeds for the eventual Center on Trauma and Children (CTAC) were planted and in 2007, the center was officially established at UK. In 2013, the center became part of the UK College of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. The center currently conducts research and has two clinical laboratories, one that focuses on assessment technologies and another that is an evidence-based trauma treatment center.

The treatment lab at CTAC will benefit from the $2 million award and focuses on a few goals. First, they aim to reduce disparities in access to mental and physical care experienced by... FULL STORY

Tags: Center on Trauma and Children
 

Novel Intervention Helps Adolescents Dealing with Substance Abuse

Posted: 7/21/2016
In Kentucky, substance use by adolescents, rates of tobacco use, binge drinking and use of other drugs are higher than the national average. More concerning is that early use of these substances can quickly lead to dependence and be an indicator of lifelong use. A unique University of Kentucky program is working to help adolescents during health... FULL STORY
Tags: Psychiatry, Substance Abuse
 

UK HealthCare Physicians Named to 2015-16 Best Doctors List

Posted: 10/7/2015
by Kristi Lopez LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2015) – UK HealthCare has more than 125 physicians practicing medicine with UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital and Shriner's Hospitals for Children who appear on the Best Doctors in America list for 2015-16 – more than any other hospital in Kentucky. Only... FULL STORY
 

In Remembrance of Dr. Robert Kraus

Posted: 3/23/2015 - Tags: Psychiatry
Robert F. Kraus, M.D. died on March 3rd at the age of 84. He was professor emeritus of Psychiatry and Anthropology at the University of Kentucky, where he served as chairman of the Department of Psychiatry from 1981 to 1991. He had a long, distinguished academic career in the area of transcultural psychiatry and was an expert in circumpolar mental health but derived the greatest pleasure from the care of patients and training future physicians.  His love of medicine continued, even as his health slowed him over the past years.  A memorial service will be announced at a future date He was educated at Marquette University, Medical College of Wisconsin,... FULL STORY

UK Fellowship Program Accredited by the American Board of Addiction

Posted: 2/12/2015 - Tags: Psychiatry, UK HealthCare
The American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), located in Bethesda, Maryland, recently accredited the University of Kentucky Department of Psychiatry's Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program. There are only 27 such ABAM-accredited programs in the U.S. “We are delighted to be recognized for our excellent work in addiction medicine, which emphasizes screening, intervention, and treatment, and makes treatment more readily available to those who need it,” said Dr. Lon Hays, chair of the Department of Psychiatry in the UK College of Medicine. The Addiction Medicine Fellowship program at UK will help physicians understand the biopsychosocial framework for... FULL STORY

UK Medical Resident is Contributing Author in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Posted: 10/31/2014 - Tags: Graduate Medical Education, Psychiatry, Publications
Dr. Ruhel Boparai, resident in the University of Kentucky's Department of Psychiatry, is a contributing author on one of the chapters in "Treatment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Targeting Neurobiological Mechanisms." The book brings advances in genetics, neurobiology, and psychopharmacology to the clinic to enhance treatment for neurodevelopmental disorders. Boparai assisted in the writing of fourth chapter, entitled "Neurodevelopmental and Neurobiological Aspects of Major Depression: From theory to therapy." "Significant progress has been made in identifying the neurobiological mechanisms of several disorders," Boparai said. "However, the ability to... FULL STORY

Center for Health Services Research Launches Website, Invites Membership

Posted: 9/5/2014
The University of Kentucky Center for Health Services Research (CHSR), which serves as a connector, catalyst and creator at UK and UK HealthCare, announces the launch of its new website and seeks membership applicants for its efforts in applying research to optimize health care delivery. The CHSR is focused on creating, testing, and scaling next-generation health services research solutions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health delivery within Kentucky and beyond. Building on UK’s culture of collaboration and leveraging UK's extensive resources and talented faculty, the CHSR represents a unique center that will accelerate discovery of new knowledge... FULL STORY

UK Connections Motivate Dr. and Dr. Dawson to Care for Kentuckians

Posted: 5/29/2014
There are many families across campus, around the state and throughout the world that share deep University of Kentucky connections.  Point of Care Ultrasound Director and Assistant Emergency Medicine Program Director Dr. Matthew Dawson and his wife Dr. Kristin Dawson, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow, are no exception.   The couple met at the William T. Young Library and married while attending the UK College of Medicine.   But their connections run deeper still.  Watch the “Big Blue Family” video above to discover how their ties to UK were strengthened when their infant daughter Avery battled a... FULL STORY

UK Receives $1.5 Million Grant for Youth Substance Abuse Program

Posted: 5/20/2014 - Tags: Psychiatry, Substance Abuse
The University of Kentucky has been awarded a $1.5 million grant by the state of Kentucky to develop a comprehensive plan for the prevention and treatment of substance abuse by adolescents. The grant money comes from a $19 million fund administered by the Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory Committee, which was created to distribute monies garnered from settlements with two pharmaceutical companies. It will be used to create and implement "UK Kentucky Kids Recovery," a program that addresses every stage in the continuum of adolescent substance abuse, including community and physician outreach and education, treatment plans, and outcomes measurement. "Adolescent... FULL STORY

Silent Auction Benefits Shoulder to Shoulder Clinic in Ecuador

Posted: 4/2/2014 - Tags: Medical Education, Auction
The University of Kentucky Chapter of the International Federation of Medical Student Associations (IFMSA) will host the 10th annual Art of Healing silent auction on Wednesday, April 2. The auction will be held in Biological and Biomedical Sciences Research Building (BBSRB) atrium from noon to 5 p.m. Winning bidders may pick up their art from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The auction items feature the handiwork of local and international artists and current students, including pottery, paintings, wood carvings, and accessories. Proceeds from the art auction benefit the Shoulder to Shoulder clinic in Ecuador. Shoulder to Shoulder, an initiative supported by many of the... FULL STORY

Bastos-Carvalho Receives Bayer Grant

Posted: 1/13/2014 - Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, 490
Ana Bastos-Carvalho, a visiting scholar in the Ambati research group in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, received the Global Ophthalmology Research Award from Bayer HealthCare for her research, "Mechanisms of geographic atrophy expansion in age-related macular degeneration." http://www.bayer-ophthalmology-awards.com/html/b-about-c.html “We are studying age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the disease responsible for most cases of legal blindness in the American elderly population”, Bastos-Carvalho said. “The project awarded by Bayer focuses on unraveling how AMD progresses, which will hopefully... FULL STORY

Creating a Culture of Collaboration for Research at UK and Beyond

Posted: 1/10/2014 - Tags: CCTS, 490, Center for Clinical and Translational Science
There's a proverb in the business world that says, "If you don’t know, hire someone who does." In the world of translational research, the saying might go like something this: "If you don't have the expertise or resources, collaborate with someone who does." The nature of translational science -- the process of turning a basic science discovery into applications for human patients -- is inherently multidimensional. Moving from the "bench to bedside" is a process that runs the gamut of biomedical research, incorporating laboratory and animal studies, clinical trials, drug and device development, regulatory issues, grant writing and more. Each step requires... FULL STORY

UK's Arts In Healthcare Program Announces Holiday Programming

Posted: 12/2/2013 - Tags: Arts in Healthcare
Everyone wants to be home for the holidays. Unfortunately, hospital patients don't have that luxury. For those who are unable to enjoy the comforts of a holiday at home, the UK Arts in Healthcare program has scheduled a series of events to help bring the holidays to the hospital. Carolers, pianists, harpists and more will bring holiday cheer to patients, visitors and staff in December. Of particular note: UK HealthCare's own Dr. Jay Zwischenberger will be performing at 1 p.m., Dec. 12, in the Pavilion A of UK Chandler Hospital. Carolers from Deep Springs Elementary School will be performing at noon, Dec.13, Pavilion A of UK Chandler Hospital. Carolers from the... FULL STORY

Alzheimer’s Disease Trial at UK is First of its Kind Worldwide

Posted: 12/2/2013 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Alzheimer's research
A new clinical trial being conducted at the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) and the UK Alzheimer’s Disease Center (ADC) may signal new hope in the future for those who might be afflicted with the devastating disease. Taking laboratory research pioneered at SBCoA and the associated UK ADC into human trials, the federally-funded research project will examine the therapeutic potential of microRNAs to delay or prevent Alzheimer’s disease.Led by physician-scientist Dr. Gregory Jicha, and building off of the work of fellow SBCoA physician-scientist Dr. Peter Nelson, the project, formally titled “Modulation of micro-RNA pathways by... FULL STORY

Dr. Ronan Tynan to Speak, Perform at Sanders-Brown Dinner Nov. 11

Posted: 11/5/2013 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, 490, Invited Speaker Seminar
Singer, physician, athlete and inspirational speaker Dr. Ronan Tynan is no stranger to adversity. When Tynan was 20, his legs had to be amputated below the knee after an auto accident caused serious complications. Just weeks after the operation, he was climbing up the steps of his college dorm, and within a year, he was winning gold medals in the Paralympics as a multitalented athlete. Between 1981 and 1984, Tynan amassed 18 gold medals and 14 world records, of which he still holds nine. Trained as a physician, Tynan began his remarkable singing career through formal music study at the age of 33, achieving great success as a member of the famed Irish Tenors prior to... FULL STORY