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NIH Announces Important Change in Policy on Application Resubmissions for Research Grants

Posted: 4/18/2014

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced on April 17 an important change in policy on application resubmissions for research grants, effective immediately. For applications due after April 16, 2014, following an unsuccessful resubmission application, applicants may submit the same idea as a new application for the next appropriate due date. The NIH and AHRQ will not assess the similarity of the science in the new application to any previously reviewed submission when accepting an application for review. Details on this policy are contained in the NIH notice linked below:


Markey, LLS Host Third Annual 'Meet the Researchers Day'

Posted: 4/17/2014
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society hosted their third annual "Meet the Researchers Day" on Tuesday. Meet the Researchers Day is a field trip given as a prize to two schools in the region who successfully raise more than $1,000 for the LLS's Pennies for Patients campaign. This year, students from Meece Middle School (MMS) in Somerset, Ky., and... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, Markey Cancer Center

Employee Band to Perform at UK Chandler Hospital Atrium

Posted: 4/14/2014
A couple of times a week during the lunch hour, the tapping of drums, strumming of guitars and harmonizing of voices trails into the hallways of the Kentucky Clinic and the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. Faculty and staff stop to listen at the doorway of an office used as a rehearsal room for The CatsEclectic, a band comprised of UK HealthCare employees. The six-member band plays a variety... FULL STORY
Tags: Staff

Kerur Receives Prestigious Award From National Eye Institute

Posted: 3/19/2014 - Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Research, Awards and Recognition
Nagaraj Kerur, a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has received a prestigious K99/R00 award from the National Eye Institute (NEI). This Pathway to Independence award is one of only four given by the NEI in the nation annually. The award will provide up to five years of support consisting of two phases. The initial mentored phase will provide support for up to two years for the most promising and exceptionally talented new investigators. This initial phase of mentored support will enable Kerur to obtain additional training, complete research,... FULL STORY

Haynes is First to Identify Cellular Patterns of Contraction in Human

Posted: 3/19/2014 - Tags: Physiology, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Research
When Premi Haynes was growing up in Pune, India, she attended Stella Maris High School, an English language convent school founded by Swiss nuns. Her second grade singing class used a book of English songs. One of the songs was "My Old Kentucky Home." At that time, Haynes had never heard of Kentucky, had no idea where it was, and had no particular ambition to go there. Some 20 years and a twist of fate later, today Haynes is defending her Ph.D. thesis in physiology at the University of Kentucky, where she's made a significant discovery about the cellular structure of the human heart, particularly related to heart failure. The findings have recently been published by... FULL STORY

Biobank Offers Way for Patients to Help Others

Posted: 3/6/2014 - Tags: Center for Clinical and Translational Science, CCTS, Research
In addition to providing high quality health care, the University of Kentucky is also committed to finding new treatments, tests, and cures for diseases. Now, patients at UK can contribute to that effort by agreeing to participate in the Research Registry and Specimen Bank, or the "biobank." When you have a medical procedure that involves, for example, drawing blood or sampling tissue, there is often material left over from the testing process that would otherwise be thrown away. By agreeing to participate in the biobank, you allow any "leftover" tissue from your normal medical procedures to be donated and stored in the biobank for medical research. Participation is... FULL STORY

UK Conference to Focus on Health Disparities in Appalachia

Posted: 3/6/2014 - Tags: CCTS, Research
Nearly 700 researchers, students, policymakers and community members will gather at the Lexington Convention Center March 27 to share research, mentor junior faculty, and enhance collaborations in clinical and translational science, with special focus on addressing health disparities in Appalachia. The 9th Annual Spring Conference and 4th Annual Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN) Summit will be hosted by the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS). "This year’s theme will be health disparities, which fits well with CCTS efforts to boost research in many areas but with an eye to the needs of the people of Appalachia... FULL STORY

Markey Research Day Committee Now Accepting Abstracts

Posted: 3/6/2014 - Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Research
University of Kentucky faculty and students are invited to share their latest work in cancer research by submitting abstracts and attending Markey Cancer Center Research Day on May 22, 2014. For the fifth consecutive year, the Singletary Center for the Arts will play host to a daylong event that showcases the work of cancer researchers from all disciplines at the University of Kentucky. Last year, Markey Research Day featured 142 posters and more than 350 attendees. This year, Nobel Laureate Dr. Harold Varmus, director of the National Cancer Institute, will present the Susan B. Lester Memorial Lecture. As always, UK Markey Cancer Center Director Dr. Mark Evers... FULL STORY

Center for Clinical and Translational Science Calls for Mentor Award

Posted: 2/24/2014 - Tags: CCTS, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Research, Awards and Recognition
At each annual spring conference, amidst keynote speakers and poster presentations, the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) presents a special class of awards--not for scientific discovery or novel research, but for mentorship. The Research Mentor Recognition Awards in Clinical and Translational Science honor UK faculty members who have committed their time and expertise to guide junior faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research lab staff, or others to advance in their fields towards independent research. The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 28, and the awards will be presented at the 9th Annual... FULL STORY

UK College of Medicine Student Receives Fellowship Award

Posted: 2/17/2014 - Tags: Research, Alzheimer's research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
University of Kentucky College of Medicine student Melanie Pleiss has received the PhRMA Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Pharmacology/Toxicology. The fellowship is a two year award that provides recipients with an annual stipend of $20,000 to support the research activities of a doctoral program. "The application process is extremely competitive, with just one applicant per institution allowed to apply and only a certain number of awards given to U.S. schools of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry or veterinary medicine," said Dr. Linda Van Eldik, director of the Sanders Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky. "Melanie underwent an intense review and... FULL STORY

CROWD Lets You Give Back Through Participation in Clinical Research

Posted: 2/12/2014 - Tags: Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Research
Many Kentuckians join the crowds of fans at University of Kentucky athletic events. The UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) hopes that just as many people will "Be Part of the CROWD" - the Clinical Research Opportunities WildcatDatabase. CROWD is a secure and confidential tool that helps match people who are interested in participating in clinical research with current and potential future studies at the University of Kentucky. Across UK's campus, researchers are working towards new cures, treatments, and strategies to improve human health, especially for diseases that disproportionately affect Kentuckians. Of... FULL STORY

KL2 Program Creates Momentum for Junior Faculty and UK's Research

Posted: 2/11/2014 - Tags: Research, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Mentored Program, Faculty
For junior faculty with clinical and/or teaching responsibilities, it's difficult to find enough time to prioritize their own research. On top of time constraints, junior faculty members often have limited experience in the precise art of writing successful federal grant applications and managing large grants. It takes time, training, and funding to accelerate a research career. The KL2 Career Development Program provides these resources to investigators to do just that. Operated by the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), the KL2 program is a competitive research training and funding opportunity for faculty looking to... FULL STORY

New UK Study Shows Potential for Targeting Aggressive Breast Cancers

Posted: 2/10/2014 - Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Research
A new study led by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researcher Peter Zhou shows that targeting Twist, a nuclear protein that is an accelerant of the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) program in human cells, may provide an effective approach for treating triple-negative breast cancer. Triple-negative breast cancer has an activated EMT program, which is a process that provides cells with the increased plasticity (or flexibility) to adapt to stressed environments during embryonic development, wound healing, tissue fibrosis and metastasis. EMT provides tumor cells with stem cell-like characteristics, making them resistance to therapeutics and increasing... FULL STORY

Williams Named Director of UK Center for Health Services Research

Posted: 2/4/2014 - Tags: Center for Health Services Research, Biomedical, Research
Dr. Mark V. Williams, the new director for the University of Kentucky Center for Health Services Research, has a clear vision for the multidisciplinary research center: Applying research to optimize care. Williams joins UK's continued efforts on quality improvement and outcomes research. The Center for Health Services Research (CHSR) is focused on creating, testing and scaling next-generation solutions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care delivery and the overall health of people within Kentucky and beyond. A primary objective of the center is to accelerate the discovery of new knowledge concerning clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness... FULL STORY

Celebrated Chemist, Novelist and Playwright Carl Djerassi to Visit UK

Posted: 1/28/2014 - Tags: Research
Renowned chemist, novelist and playwright Carl Djerassi, known for his work in organic chemistry and as a father of insect and human birth control, will take part in several events being held Feb. 13-15, at the University of Kentucky. During his visit to the Bluegrass, Djerassi will participate in three events. He will first serve as the featured speaker at a luncheon for business and academic leaders. The talk, "Academic Entrepreneurship: Facts through Fiction," will feature his perspective on academic-business relationships in science and technology and will be followed by a question and answer session. The luncheon will begin at noon Thursday, Feb. 13, at the... FULL STORY
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