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COBRE Receives NIH Funding for Final Phase of Junior Faculty Research Development Program

Posted: 9/2/2014

The University of Kentucky's Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) on the Molecular Basis of Human Disease was recently awarded a third phase of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for a program to develop its research community and center dedicated to human disease.

With this new $1.25 million annual grant, UK's COBRE will build upon achievements of a research development program that initially received NIH support in 2004. During the past 10 years, the program has fostered the research endeavors of junior faculty, providing mentorship, resources, pilot projects and facilities to enhance translational studies on major health issues within the state, including cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Junior faculty research projects conducted at the center focus on the cellular mechanisms that lead to these diseases.

Prior to receiving the Phase III grant in early July, the center proved successful in fulfilling objectives of Phase I and Phase II of the program. Objectives of these first phases included championing the research of junior faculty, obtaining external research funding, establishing core research facilities and increasing the number of researchers investigating human disease. Twelve academic units... FULL STORY

Tags: Grants and Funding, COBRE, Biochemistry
 

Silent Auction Benefits Shoulder to Shoulder Clinic in Ecuador

Posted: 4/2/2014
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... FULL STORY
Tags: Medical Education, Auction
 

Bastos-Carvalho Receives Bayer Grant

Posted: 1/13/2014
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."... FULL STORY
Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, 490
 

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

Ambati Receives Junius-Kuhnt Award

Posted: 11/1/2013 - Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, professor and vice chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, received the Junius-Kuhnt Award from the University of Bonn in Hamburg, Germany, for his group's outstanding work and commitment to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) research. The Junius-Kuhnt Award honors physicians and scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the study and treatment of AMD, and has been awarded annually since 2007 at “Makula Update,” an annual congress of German retina specialists. This award is named after the German ophthalmologists Paul Junius and Kuhnt Hermann who, at... FULL STORY

UK HealthCare Named ‘Rising Star’ Hospital by University HealthSystem

Posted: 10/18/2013 - Tags: UK HealthCare, Clinical
University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), an alliance of the nation’s leading nonprofit academic medical centers, has named UK HealthCare among the 2013 recipients of the Rising Star Award during the UHC Annual Conference 2013 in Atlanta. The award recognizes significant improvements in ranking in UHC’s annual Quality and Accountability Study, which identifies exemplary performance in patient safety, mortality, clinical effectiveness, and equity of care. UK HealthCare has not only shown improvement from previous years, it has the highest jump in rankings in UHC’s history with a Quality and Accountability Ranking of 12th among the nation's 118 academic medical... FULL STORY

Clinical Education Research Day Highlights Research Activities,

Posted: 10/16/2013 - Tags: Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Clinical
The University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science will host the 2nd Annual UK Clinical Research Education Day on Friday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the UK Chandler Hospital, Pavilion H North Lobby (outside of the administration offices). The free, public event will feature a variety of informational tables for patients, students, faculty, staff and visitors to learn about clinical research activities and opportunities at UK. Several departments and centers will showcase their clinical research activities, including the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS); the departments of psychology, behavioral science, pediatrics, and... FULL STORY

Center for Clinical and Translational Science Announces Pilot Funding

Posted: 10/2/2013 - Tags: Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Markey Cancer Center
The University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) Pilot Funding Program announces recipients of its most recent round of pilot funding in the Collaborative Category. The mission of the Pilot Funding Program is to offer opportunities and resources necessary to support innovative intervention and early stage and collaborative research approaches in clinical and translational studies, and to promote the development of new methodologies and tools relevant to the health challenges and disparities faced by the citizens of Kentucky, Appalachia, and other rural populations. Since its inception in 2007, the CCTS Pilot Funding Program has provided... FULL STORY

16th Annual Gill Heart Institute Cardiovascular Research Day Scheduled for

Posted: 9/10/2013 - Tags: Saha Cardiovascular Research Center
The University of Kentucky Gill Heart Institute and the UK Saha Cardiovascular Research Center will host the 16th Annual Gill Heart Cardiovascular Research Day, Oct. 11, at the Lexington Convention Center. Gill Heart Insitute Cardiovascular Research Day annually attracts preeminent speakers in the field of cardiology and cardiovascular research. It also features a symposium for trainee researchers, a scientific poster session, and the presentation of the annual Saha Awards for medical and nursing education. This year, speakers include Dr. Peter Libby, Mallinckrodt Professor of Mmedicine and Cchief of Cardiovascular Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women... FULL STORY

College of Medicine Hosts Free Community Health Fair on Sept. 8

Posted: 9/3/2013 - Tags: Community Health Fair, Students, Undergraduate Medical Education
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine, in collaboration with the colleges of pharmacy, dentistry, nursing and public health, will host the annual free Community Health Fair from 1 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 8, at the BioPharm Building (College of Pharmacy), located at 789 South Limestone St. on UK's campus. The annual event, organized by UK College of Medicine students, targets all underrepresented, uninsured, low-income and no-income persons interested in access to free health care. Among its many services, the health fair will offer blood pressure checks, women’s health care, nutritional assessments, hearing and vision screenings, blood glucose and HbA1c... FULL STORY

Town Hall to Address Alzheimer's Information

Posted: 8/16/2013 - Tags: Alzheimer's disease
Members of the public interested in participating in research related to aging and Alzheimer's disease are invited to a town hall-style meeting to be held on Monday, Aug. 19, in Lexington. The meeting, sponsored by the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Fayette County Extension Office, 1140 Red Mile Place. During the town hall, participants will have the chance to hear from physicians and scientists currently engaged in research to find a cure or preventive measures for Alzheimer's disease. The researchers will describe their programs, as well as opportunities for the general public to become involved through... FULL STORY

Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education

Posted: 7/23/2013 - Tags: Undergraduate Medical Education
Effective August 1, 2013, Dr. Darrell Jennings will step down from his role as Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education to focus primarily on his role as chair in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine including the department’s acquisition of the Medical Directorship of the State Public Health Reference Lab in Frankfort. This change concludes the transition which began in August of 2012 when Dr. Jennings assumed the position of departmental chair. Dr. Jennings led the Office of Medical Education for 10 years with a focus on educational quality management and accountability, stressing a balanced approach of strategic and operational oversight.... FULL STORY