NIDA Director Examines Scope of Substance Abuse Research Undertaken at UK

Posted: 10/10/2016 - Tags: Research, CDAR
Multidisciplinary researchers unified by a mission to develop therapies, interventions and evidence-based solutions to substance use disorders delivered snapshots of their work to National Institute on Drug Abuse director Dr. Nora Volkow on Oct. 7. The series of presentations and roundtable discussion concluded Volkow’s two-day tour of Kentucky. Volkow traveled to Kentucky with the purpose of better understanding the gravity of the opioid epidemic and learn about projects underway to resolve the state’s austere substance abuse problems. Researchers from the University of Kentucky Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR), UK College of Pharmacy, and UK College... FULL STORY

UK Center for Health Services Research Collaborates to Study Chronic

Posted: 10/4/2016 - Tags: Center for Health Services Research, Research
Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCC) affects one in four Americans overall and about three in four Americans age 65 and older. While health care aims to relieve suffering and alleviate burden, it sometimes makes burdensome demands of patients. Patients must invest capacity — time, emotion, and attention — to do the work of being a patient, which competes with other important tasks in their lives.For patients with MCC, a shift in practice is required: one that focuses on each patient’s health situation and on the limited capacity patients have to advance their health situation, while still pursuing joyful lives.The University of Kentucky Center for Health Services Research... FULL STORY

Sanders-Brown Research Hints at Underlying Cause for Alzheimer's Drug

Posted: 10/3/2016 - Tags: Research, Alzheimer's disease, Alzheimer's research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
Because Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the leading cause of dementia, many people use the two terms interchangeably. But inadequate blood flow to the brain due to microinfarcts, mini-strokes, or strokes is a hallmark of a disease called Vascular Cognitive Impairment and Dementia (VCID). VCID is the second most common cause of dementia, and the two are not mutually exclusive – researchers estimate that 40-60% of Alzheimer’s disease patients also have VCID. A paper recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience by Donna Wilcock, PhD, of the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, reports that a certain form of immunotherapy targeted to Alzheimer's... FULL STORY

Symposium Showcases Clinical and Translational Research in the

Posted: 9/29/2016 - Tags: Neurology, Research, Kentucky Neuroscience Institute
More than 200 scientists and clinical investigators gathered last week to share insights and learn more about translational and clinical neuroscience research underway at the University of Kentucky. The 2016 Clinical-Translational Neuroscience Research Symposium, hosted by the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, featured nearly 100 poster and oral presentations focused on the latest scientific advances in a wide variety of topics related to the neurosciences being conducted by UK research groups. According to Dr. Larry B. Goldstein, chair of the UK Department of Neurology and KNI co-director, the symposium's goal was to provide a venue for “showcasing the incredible... FULL STORY

6th Annual Markesbery Symposium Set for Nov. 4-5

Posted: 9/21/2016 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Research, Alzheimer's research
University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) is hosting its sixth annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia on Nov. 4-5. This two-day program will offer sessions for both the scientific and community audiences. Clinicians and researchers from UK and other institutions will come together to share current findings, trends and the latest updates on dementia and aging disorders, particularly as related to Alzheimer’s disease. The Markesbery Symposium is in honor of the late Dr. William R. Markesbery, the founder and long-time director of the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and an internationally renowned expert on aging and dementia. On... FULL STORY

UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Receives $8.25 Million to Continue

Posted: 9/1/2016 - Tags: Research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Grants and Funding
The University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Alzheimer's Disease Center (ADC) has been awarded an $8.25 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue and further research and clinical initiatives geared toward treating Alzheimer's disease. Currently, only 30 designated Alzheimer's Disease Centers exist in the U.S. In 1985, Sanders-Brown was among the first 10 ADCs funded by the NIH and has been continuously funded since the designation was launched. UK is one of an elite group of 21 universities in the nation to house a trifecta of nationally accredited research institutions, including a National Cancer Institute-... FULL STORY

Dubey Receives Macular Degeneration Scholar Award

Posted: 8/19/2016 - Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Research
Sushil Kumar Dubey, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been selected for the 2016 Charles D. Kelman, MD Scholar Award from the International Retina Research Foundation (IRRF). The Charles D. Kelman, MD Scholar Award is one of three IRRF awards that have been designated in honor of individuals who played a critical role in the development of the International Retinal Research Foundation and are meant to serve as a memorial to their efforts. The IRRF awards were established to provide salary and research support in the amount of $35,000 per year for a postdoctoral scholar... FULL STORY

UK Researcher Leads International Epilepsy Cure Initiative

Posted: 8/1/2016 - Tags: Research, Biochemistry,  Epilepsy
University of Kentucky College of Medicine Professor Matthew Gentry will direct a team international scientists recently awarded a five-year, $8.5 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to pursue a cure for Lafora’s disease. The International Epilepsy Cure Center based at the UK College of Medicine’s Department of Molecular Medicine and Biochemistry represents a collaborative effort to advance translational research and improve the diagnosis and treatment of Lafora’s disease, with the ultimate goal of finding a cure. An inherited neurodegenerative condition, Lafora’s disease appears in patients during adolescence and causes severe epilepsy, loss of speech... FULL STORY

Mentoring a Key Factor in Spinal Cord Researcher's Success

Posted: 7/25/2016 - Tags: Spinal Cord, scobirc, Research
In ivory towers all over the world, experts ponder the factors that foster career success and overall well-being in their college graduates. Gallup tried to answer the same question. In a 2014 poll of more than 30,000 graduates, the polling juggernaut tried to find connections between the college experience and long-term career and personal "wellness." In other words: did graduates feel they had achieved personal and career success? And if so, what college experiences contributed to that? What the poll found was that the three most powerful elements linked to long-term success for college grads were about emotional support: Did they have a professor who made them... FULL STORY

Markey's Miller Receives NCI Clinical Investigator Team Leadership

Posted: 7/14/2016 - Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Research, Cancer, Clinical Research
University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center's Dr. Rachel Miller is one of 13 recipients of this year's National Cancer Institute Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award. These awards recognize and support outstanding mid-career clinical investigators at NCI-designated cancer centers who are working to improve the lives of people with cancer through extensive involvement in NCI-funded collaborative clinical trials and whose leadership, participation and activities promote clinical trials and research. Miller, part of Markey's gynecologic cancer team, was nominated for the award by Markey Director Dr. Mark Evers. She was officially recognized as a... FULL STORY

UK Surgeon-Researcher Works to Extend Cochlear Implant Program to

Posted: 7/14/2016 - Tags: Otolaryngology, Research
The first time Dr. Matthew Bush observed a cochlear implant surgery, he was a young medical student from West Virginia visiting the University of Kentucky. He describes that experience as eye opening for him and ear opening for the patient. To witness function restored to an ear that was otherwise lost, sparked not only an intense interest in hearing health care, but also the desire to offer people with profound hearing loss their best hope of re-entering a hearing world and a better quality of life through cochlear implantation. Hearing loss affects about 48 million people in the United States. More than 694,000 of those people live in Kentucky. In older... FULL STORY

Retired UK Pediatrician Passes the Torch to Geneticists

Posted: 6/28/2016 - Tags: Pediatrics, Research
In December 1968, a widowed mother from Knoxville, Tennessee, arrived with her two sons, daughter and nephew at the University of Kentucky's pediatric clinic.The four children were afflicted with severe intellectual impairment, presenting at the clinic with IQs of 10 or lower. The children showed normal development at birth, but during the first year of life experienced neurological deficiencies that rendered them unable to speak or walk. In the second and third years of life, the children were stricken with intense epileptic seizures.Dr. Charlton Mabry, an original member of the Pediatric Department at the University of Kentucky, examined the four children in the... FULL STORY