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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
 

Ambati to Receive Mark Brothers Award

Posted: 7/22/2013 - Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Faculty
Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, professor and vice chair in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and professor of physiology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, will receive the 2013 Mark Brothers Award from the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. and Mrs. Guey C. Mark created the endowed Mark Brothers Lectureship to recognize nationally and internationally renowned medical scientists of Asian descent. The Mark Brothers Lectureship was established in 1997 in honor of Dr. Mark’s brothers, who immigrated from Canton and settled in South Bend, Ind., where they built a successful restaurant business. The brothers, because of their... FULL STORY

Telehealth Expands Patient Access To Care

Posted: 7/16/2013 - Tags: Kentucky TeleCare
The following column appeared in the Lexington Herald-Leader on Sunday, July 14. By Rob Sprang Imagine that during your last visit to your mother’s home in Eastern Kentucky, you noticed that she was having memory problems. The closest memory disorder specialist is in Lexington and Mom has made it clear that she feels fine and is not going all the way to Lexington just to see the doctor. So, if you can’t bring Mom to the doctor, can you bring the doctor to Mom? In Kentucky, the answer is yes. Kentucky is a recognized national leader in the use of telehealth or interactive video conference technology used to connect patients and providers who are many miles... FULL STORY

Announcement Regarding UK's Markey Cancer Center Set for 10 a.m.

Posted: 7/12/2013 - Tags: Markey Cancer Center
University of Kentucky President Dr. Eli Capilouto will join Gov. Steve Beshear, U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo, UK Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Michael Karpf and UK Markey Cancer Center Director Dr. Mark Evers for an important announcement at 10 a.m. in the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A atrium. All faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to attend the announcement and may also watch the news conference via live stream at http://uknow.uky.edu.

Research Will Look for Possible Links Between AMD, Atherosclerosis

Posted: 7/11/2013 - Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Bradley Gelfand, assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been awarded a research grant from the American Heart Association to study atherosclerosis. The grant will be used to determine whether the same novel findings previously discovered in human age-related macular degeneration also apply to human atherosclerosis. In particular, which levels and activity of the enzyme Dicer are altered in the vessel wall during atherosclerotic lesion formation. One consequence of Dicer reduction could be the build-up of unwanted, toxic RNA's that are normally eliminated by Dicer activity. The... FULL STORY

Kleinman Receives American Federation for Aging Research Grant

Posted: 7/11/2013 - Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Faculty
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

Growth through Investment: CCTS Funding Transforms Careers, Research

Posted: 7/9/2013 - Tags: CCTS
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

Researchers Investigate Mechanism of Alzheimer's Therapy

Posted: 7/8/2013 - Tags: Alzheimer's research
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

Grundy Receives Outstanding Achievement in Human Rights Award

Posted: 6/26/2013 - Tags: Awards and Recognition, Staff
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

UK College of Medicine Students Prepare for Annual Free Community Health

Posted: 6/17/2013 - Tags: Community Health Fair, Students, Clinical
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

UK Scientists Discover Inner-Ear Repair Mechanism

Posted: 6/12/2013 - Tags: Faculty, Physiology
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

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 - Tags: Faculty, Stroke, Anatomy and Neurobiology
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