Kleinman Receives American Federation for Aging Research Grant

Posted: 7/11/2013
Dr. Mark E. Kleinman, assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and principal investigator in the laboratory of ocular biology and imaging, has been awarded a research grant from the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) to pursue his research on age-related macular degeneration. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an epidemic in the developed world and the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in people over 55 years old. The hallmark of the disease is the formation of subretinal deposits called drusen that induce inflammation, spur leaky choroidal vascular in-... FULL STORY
Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Faculty

Growth through Investment: CCTS Funding Transforms Careers, Research

Posted: 7/9/2013
Through early support of promising investigators in fields ranging from lung cancer to Alzheimer's disease to pediatric heart disease, the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) has seen great return on their investment in recent years in the area of biomedical imaging at UK. The growth through investment ratio in this area has been great, with the return in federally-funded grants greatly multiplying the initial investment by the CCTS in the investigators' work.  In its first three years of funding by a federal Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), the CCTS has invested $652,999 in support for young... FULL STORY
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Researchers Investigate Mechanism of Alzheimer's Therapy

Posted: 7/8/2013
Researchers at the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, led by faculty member Donna Wilcock, have recently published a new paper in the Journal of Neuroscience detailing an advance in treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Gammagard™ IVIg is a therapy that has been investigated for treatment of Alzheimer's. Despite small clinical studies that have reported efficacy of the approach, the mechanism of action is poorly understood. The UK researchers set out to investigate the mechanism by which the treatment may act in the brain to lower amyloid deposition (amyloid deposits being a key pathology in Alzheimer's). To conduct their investigation,... FULL STORY
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Hays Appointed to Executive Council of National Psychiatry Academy

Posted: 6/27/2013
The American Academy of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry has appointed Dr. Lon Hays, chair of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry, to its executive council. Hays has been a member of the Academy since 2000. "It is a great honor for me to be appointed to the AACDP Executive Council," Hays said. "I look forward to working closely with my chair colleagues from throughout the U.S. and Canada who represent some of the foremost thought leaders in the field." The AACDP represents the leaders of departments of psychiatry in all of the medical schools in the United States and Canada. The group is committed to promoting... FULL STORY
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Grundy Receives Outstanding Achievement in Human Rights Award

Posted: 6/26/2013
Chester Grundy, senior diversity advisor to the Dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky, was a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in Human Rights Award presented by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission. The award was presented during the Commission’s 50th Anniversary Dinner and Awards Program in Lexington on June 20. The Human Rights Commission sponsors the award to recognize individuals and/or organizations that have shown exemplary performances in human rights and equal opportunity and have profoundly impacted the way that human rights is conducted over the course of their entire lifetime or who have made... FULL STORY
Tags: Awards and Recognition, Staff

UK College of Medicine Students Prepare for Annual Free Community Health

Posted: 6/17/2013
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine, in collaboration with the colleges of pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, health sciences and communications, is preparing to host the annual free community health fair which provides services to underrepresented and uninsured residents in Lexington and the surrounding area. This year's event has been set for 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8, at the BioPharm Building (College of Pharmacy), located at 789 South Limestone St. on UK's campus. The UK Community Health Fair, organized by UK College of Medicine students, targets all underrepresented, uninsured, low-income and no-income persons interested in access to free health... FULL STORY
Tags: Community Health Fair, Students, Clinical

UK Scientists Discover Inner-Ear Repair Mechanism

Posted: 6/12/2013
A team of researchers at the University of Kentucky has discovered a two-step mechanism that enables crucial molecular structures inside the inner ear to rebuild themselves after being damaged. Exposure to excessively loud noises—a jet engine, a rock concert—leads to temporary hearing loss. One cause of that loss is breakage of ‘tip links’, the delicate protein chains in the mechanosensory hair cells of the inner ear. Tip links re-form over the course of several hours restoring mechanosensitivity, but the details of their regeneration had remained unclear. The team’s findings are published June 11 in the open access journal PLOS Biology. The brain detects sound... FULL STORY
Tags: Faculty, Physiology

Personal Impact: Iraq War Veteran Studies Neurotrauma at UK

Posted: 6/7/2013
He's only 27, but Johnny Cebak is a veteran of combat in Iraq, a University of Kentucky doctoral candidate studying neurotrauma, a survivor of brain trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder himself, and a National Guard officer. He has even been on the cover of the New York Times. The story of his academic, military and personal excellence is a tale of determination, support from key individuals and achieving a balance between his academic and military commitments. The day after his graduation from Meade County High School in 2003, Cebak headed to basic training as a member of the Army National Guard. Soon after, he received specialized training as a combat medic.... FULL STORY

Bix Receives NIH Funding for Stroke Recovery Research

Posted: 5/13/2013
Dr. Gregory Bix, Paul G. Blazer J. Professor of Stroke Research in the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and the UK departments of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Neurology, has received funding of $224,416 from the National Institutes of Health, to further study of stroke recovery. Stroke is a leading cause of death in the U.S. and worldwide. Existing FDA-approved pharmaceutical therapies for stroke rely upon administration within a very tight timeframe, and engender other risks. Bix is working to investigate how the brain's own neuroprotective abilities may be employed to activate post-stroke repair mechanisms in the brain itself. "This... FULL STORY
Tags: Faculty, Stroke, Anatomy and Neurobiology

Leading the Way in Diabetes and Obesity Research

Posted: 5/13/2013
Physicians and scientists from across the nation will gather at the University of Kentucky on May 13, to discuss the latest trends and current findings in obesity and diabetes research at the Barnstable Brown Obesity and Diabetes Research Day. The event, hosted by the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center and the UK Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences, will feature research poster presentations and nationally prominent physician-scientists discussing the latest trends and current findings in obesity and diabetes research. "UK has taken on a leadership role in obesity and diabetes research," said Dr. Philip Kern, director of the center and... FULL STORY
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Gill Heart Institute Receives Donation from "Mission Monday"

Posted: 5/10/2013
UK HealthCare's Gill Heart Institute received a donation this week from new Lexington business Altar'd State as part of the boutique's "Mission Monday" initiative. Dr. Susan Smyth, chief of cardiovascular medicine at the Gill Heart Institute, and Justin Campbell, administrator of the Gill Heart Institute, received the gift Wednesday from storeowner Jennie Benningfield. Altar'd State operates almost 20 boutiques in the Southeastern region. Headquartered in Knoxville, each Altar'd State store donates 10 percent of net proceeds each Monday to various local charities. Benningfield said they chose the Gill Heart Institute for February to recognize American Heart... FULL STORY
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World-renowned Radiologist to Visit UK for Bluegrass Visiting Professorship

Posted: 5/3/2013
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine will host Dr. Lazslo Tabar as the Bluegrass Visiting Professor for the Department of Radiology. Tabar is a world-renowned pioneer in mammography and breast cancer screening and Project Leader of the landmark Randomized Controlled Breast Cancer Screening Project. The Department of Radiology Bluegrass Visiting Professor Series brings to UK world-class medical imaging educators to share their expertise with trainees and faculty. On Monday, May 6, from 5:10 to 6:10 p.m., Tabar is giving a keynote lecture titled, "A New Era in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Breast Cancer: What Fuels the Anti-Screening Propaganda?" The lecture... FULL STORY
Tags: Radiology, Faculty