Center on Trauma and Children Moves to College of Medicine

Posted: 4/26/2013
The Center on Trauma and Children (CTAC) has moved to the College of Medicine to facilitate and enhance the translational research activities of the center. CTAC is dedicated to the enhancement of the health and well-being of children and their families through research, service and dissemination of information about child abuse and trauma. "We are excited about the opportunities at the College of Medicine to work in an interdisciplinary setting and pursue our goal of improving the lives of children and families affected by trauma," said Ginny Sprang, executive director of CTAC. More than three million children in the United States are... FULL STORY
Tags: Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Psychiatry

UK Study Shows Potential New Way to Detect Colorectal and Other Cancers

Posted: 4/25/2013
A unique new study led by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers Guo-Min Li and Libya Gu, in collaboration with Dr. Wei Yang at National Institutes of Health, reveals a novel mechanism explaining the previously unknown root cause of some forms of colorectal cancers. The study, published in Cell, discovers that an abnormal histone protein modification impairs a DNA repair machinery that controls cancer development, yielding a potential new way of detecting these types of colorectal cancers. It represents the first time that epigenetic histone marks regulate the genome maintenance system. DNA errors created during DNA replication can lead to many... FULL STORY
Tags: Markey Cancer Center

Conference to Focus on New Frontiers in Percutaneous Cardiovascular

Posted: 4/24/2013
The Gill Heart Institute will host a cardiovascular program titled, "New Frontiers in Percutaneous Cardiovascular Therapies," on May 11 on the University of Kentucky campus. The conference will provide updates in the latest percutaneous and minimally invasive technologies for the treatment of coronary and peripheral arterial disease, along with highlights of emerging procedures in the field, specifically: Team-based approaches to valvular heart disease and options for high-risk and inoperable patients; Newer, catheter-based therapies for pulmonary embolism and venous thrombosis; And new directions in the treatment of medically resistant hypertension, regenerative... FULL STORY
Tags: Gill Heart Institute, Kentucky Neuroscience Institute

Faculty, Staff and Student Work Highlighted at Markey Cancer Research Day

Posted: 4/18/2013
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center held its annual Markey Cancer Center Research Day April 15, celebrating the advances of cancer research on the UK campus and giving students and postdoctoral fellows an opportunity to present their research. This year’s event featured a record 142 posters; three oral presentations from a graduate student, a postdoctoral fellow and a senior researcher; and two faculty oral presentations. Awards for poster presentations were presented in two different categories - basic science and clinical science - for both graduate and postdoctoral fellows. A Researcher's Choice Award was also presented, based on a popular vote... FULL STORY
Tags: Faculty, Markey Cancer Center

Research Sheds New Light on Traumatic Brain Injuries

Posted: 4/16/2013
Even a mild injury to the brain can have long lasting consequences, including increased risk of cognitive impairment later in life. While it is not yet known how brain injury increases risk for dementia, there are indications that chronic, long-lasting, inflammation in the brain may be important. A new paper by researchers at the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA), appearing in the Journal of Neuroscience, offers the latest information concerning a “switch” that turns “on” and “off” inflammation in the brain after trauma. A team of researchers led by Linda Van Eldik, director of SBCoA, used a mouse model to study the role of p38a MAPK in... FULL STORY
Tags: Faculty, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging

Markey Cancer Research Day Highlights Work of Faculty and Students

Posted: 4/12/2013
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center will host its annual Markey Cancer Center Research Day from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Monday, April 15. Markey Cancer Research Day is an annual event celebrating the advances of cancer research on the University of Kentucky campus. Held at the UK Singletary Center for the Arts, this year’s event will feature a record 142 posters; oral presentations by a graduate student, a postdoctoral fellow and a senior researcher; two faculty oral presentations; the State of the Cancer Center Address by Dr. Mark Evers, director of the UK Markey Cancer Center; and the Susan B. Lester Memorial Lecture given by Dr. David Sabatini from the... FULL STORY
Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Faculty

College of Medicine Website Profiles

Posted: 4/1/2013
Welcome to the new College of Medicine website. If you are faculty, staff, or a student within the College of Medicine, take a moment to update your public profile! We have placed documentation on how to login and modify your profile at the links below: Instructions for updating your profile How to add PubMed publications automatically to your profile We have also developed an online form to submit questions and/or comments.  
Tags: AHEC

Kyprianou to be Inducted to Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars

Posted: 3/21/2013
Professor Natasha Kyprianou, the James F. Hardymon Chair in Urologic Research at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been elected to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. The society was established in May 1967 by the trustees of the University to honor former Johns Hopkins postdoctoral fellows and junior or visiting faculty, who have subsequently achieved marked distinction in their field. Kyprianou was a postdoctoral fellow in Urologic Oncology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, from 1987-1990. Kyprianou is a professor of urology, molecular and cellular biochemistry, pathology and toxicology. A leading investigator in... FULL STORY
Tags: Faculty

Health Career Enrichment Camp Applications Now Being Accepted

Posted: 3/6/2013
The 2013 Health Career Enrichment Camp sponsored by the University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health and the Southeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center will be held June 12 – 25, 2013, in Hazard. Participants will learn about a variety of health careers, have hands-on activities and participate in job shadowing with healthcare professionals. This camp is for incoming freshman and sophomores in high schools in the following counties: Breathitt, Knott, Letcher, Leslie, Perry and Harlan. Please visit the website to download a camp brochure, application and recommendation form: FULL STORY
Tags: Center of Excellence in Rural Health, Rural Health

UK Researchers Speak Out: Sequester Will Squelch Scientists-in-Training

Posted: 2/26/2013
“From the standpoint of training the next generation of highly skilled professors, industrial scientists, people to work in government laboratories, people to advance our understanding of disease and advance the next generation of therapies, it will be profoundly devastating for this generation of students.” That’s the message University of Kentucky physiologist Michael B. Reid conveys in a University of Kentucky video on the impact of sequestration — automatic cuts in research and other government spending — due to take effect March 1. Reid and UK colleagues Suzanne Weaver Smith in mechanical engineering and John Anthony in chemistry join academics across the... FULL STORY
Tags: Physiology

Study: p38beta MAPK Not Critical to Brain Inflammation

Posted: 2/18/2013
A study by a leading Alzheimer's researcher at the University of Kentucky provides new evidence that will help researchers home in on the molecular mechanisms involved in inflammation of the central nervous system (CNS) and aid drug-development strategies for treating inflammatory neurological diseases. The research was led by Linda Van Eldik, director of UK's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, and included co-authors Bin Xing and Adam Bachstetter from the Van Eldik lab. The study demonstrated that the beta isoform of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) has no apparent effect on inflammatory cytokine response and neurotoxicity in brain-cell cultures or in the... FULL STORY
Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Alzheimer's research

CCTS Pilot Funding Applications Now Open

Posted: 1/29/2013
The University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is now accepting CCTS Pilot Applications for 2013. The letter of intent deadline will be Feb. 18, with the committee decision for full application request set on March 18. Application receipt deadlines for all awards will be April 22, with funding decisions announced by May 27. Investigators at all stages of career development, junior, middle level, and senior are eligible to apply to the following categories of awards: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARD: Applications are encouraged from investigators using Community Engagement methodologies. Priority will be given applications involving UK... FULL STORY
Tags: CCTS, Grants and Funding