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Federal Guidance Changes are Coming

Posted: 7/29/2014

The Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) took 8 separate circulars applicable to different types of grantee organizations and combined them into a single document referred to as the Uniform Guidance.  Much remains that looks familiar but there is the potential for both major and minor changes to our policies and procedures.    To further complicate matters,  the OMB document is actually guidance to federal agencies and each granting agency must issue its own implementing regulations.  Their implementation plans are due to OMB in June so final versions will likely not be issued until the fall.    Most of the changes in the Uniform Guidance will be applicable to new grants and funding increments issued after December 26, 2014

You are already aware that these regulations dictate what can be charged to federal grants and contracts.  But they also address minimum information for funding announcements, information needed in equipment records, how long to retain records, and a host of other topics.   

A meeting was held July 24, presented jointly by Jennifer Miles, Manager, Sponsored Projects Accounting, and Debbie Davis, Director, Office of Sponsored Projects Administration, to provide an update of the University’s ongoing activities... FULL STORY


UK Chair of Neuroscience Inducted as President-Elect of National

Posted: 7/29/2014
University of Kentucky Endowed Chair of Neuroscience Dr. Diane Snow was recently elected by her colleagues to serve as president-elect of the National Neurotrauma Society (NNS). With this appointment, Snow will hold the position of president in 2015-2016. Since joining the NNS in 2003, Snow has championed women's contributions to neurotrauma research and mentorship opportunities for young members of... FULL STORY
Tags: Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, Faculty

Gill Heart Institute Physician Receives National Excellence in

Posted: 7/29/2014
Dr. Mikel Smith, the Alberto Mazzoleni Professor of Cardiology and the director of echocardiography at the Gill Heart Institute, has been given the American Society of Echocardiography's 2014 Richard Popp Excellence in Teaching Award. The award recognizes an outstanding teacher who epitomizes the ideal qualities of a mentor and role model. According to Dr. Vincent Sorrell, director of advanced... FULL STORY
Tags: Teaching, Faculty, Awards and Recognition, Gill Heart Institute

Three Researchers from the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Awarded Bright

Posted: 7/14/2014 - Tags: Research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Alzheimer's research
The Bright Focus Foundation has announced that three different researchers from the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky have received Bright Focus grants for 2014. Professor Steve Estus and associate professors Harry LeVine and Paul Murphy were each recognized for their work on Alzheimer's disease. "Only 25 Bright Focus grants are awarded worldwide each year, so it's an achievement to get one. But three Bright Focus grants in a single year is truly exceptional," said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK HealthCare's executive vice president of health affairs. "These awards are an appropriate reflection of Sanders-Brown's international reputation for... FULL STORY

Alzheimer's With Cerebrovascular Disease Compounds Cognitive Decline

Posted: 7/8/2014 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Research
Researchers from the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky have been able to confirm anecdotal information on patients with both Alzheimer's disease (AD) and cerebrovascular disease (CVD) using mouse models in two different studies. The findings of these two studies, which were recently published in Acta Neuropathologica and Alzheimer's Research... FULL STORY

Guo Lab Reports Finding of Revolution Biomotors in Many Bacteria and

Posted: 6/30/2014 - Tags: Research, Biomedical
Scientists at the University of Kentucky, led by nano-biotechnologist Peixuan Guo, have made some critical discoveries over the past year into the operation of biomotors, the molecular machines used by viruses and bacteria in the packaging of DNA. Biomotors function similarly to mechanical motors but on a nano-scale. Last year, Guo's team reported the discovery of a new, third class of biomotor, unique in that it uses a "revolution without rotation" mechanism. Rotation is the turning of an object around its own axle, as the Earth does every 24 hours. Revolution is the turning of an object around a second object, as the Earth does around the sun. Recently, Guo's... FULL STORY

UK-TLC Partnership Nurtures Promising Young Science Students

Posted: 6/25/2014 - Tags: Biomedical, Research, TLC
Not all learning experiences are created equally – and at the Learning Center at Linlee, an innovative partnership with the University of Kentucky College of Medicine allows young students to get rich, hands-on experience in the sciences and better their chances of succeeding in college and beyond. As part of the Fayette County Public School System, The Learning Center (TLC) is an alternative school for at-risk students who are facing personal challenges that might impede their ability to learn. These include socioeconomic factors, and, perhaps surprisingly, intellectual giftedness. Students may struggle inside a traditional classroom because the learning style or... FULL STORY

UK, Norton Expand Research and Educational Collaborations to Improve

Posted: 6/24/2014 - Tags: Research, Norton Healthcare
UK HealthCare and Norton Healthcare are building upon their history of collaboration to expand research and educational collaborations between the two institutions, with the goal of improving health and health care for all Kentuckians. Beginning July 1, educational and research initiatives between UK and Norton will be lead by Dr. Stephen Wyatt, who most recently served two successful terms as the founding dean of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. Wyatt will return to the UK College of Medicine, with joint appointment as vice president for research at Norton Healthcare. During Wyatt's tenure as dean, the College of Public Health experienced... FULL STORY

Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Selected for Major Clinical Trial

Posted: 6/19/2014 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Research, Clinical Trials
The University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging is participating in a landmark multi-center clinical trial of an experimental drug that has the potential to prevent Alzheimer's disease (AD). The A4 Study will recruit 1,000 participants ages 65-85 to test an amyloid antibody that may prevent memory loss caused by Alzheimer's disease. Amyloid is a protein normally produced in the brain that can build up in older people, forming plaque deposits in the brain. Scientists believe this buildup of deposits may play a key role in the eventual development of Alzheimer's. Sanders-Brown is the only center in Kentucky and the only center within 200 miles of... FULL STORY

Cardiovascular Science Program Receives $1.2 Million

Posted: 6/18/2014 - Tags: Research, Gill Heart Institute, Grants and Funding
The National Institutes of Health has renewed a 5-year, $1.2 million grant to the University of Kentucky to help prepare clinical scholars for leadership positions in cardiovascular research. The UK Training Program for Clinical Scholars in Cardiovascular Science prepares clinical and postdoctoral fellows in medicine, nursing and pharmacy to assume leadership positions directing multidisciplinary research in the field of cardiovascular medicine. "The University of Kentucky has invested substantial resources to develop a highly collaborative training environment that leverages our strengths in cardiovascular science," said Dr. Leigh Ann Callahan, program co-... FULL STORY

UK Researchers Decode Activity of Starch Modifying Enzyme to Provide

Posted: 6/12/2014 - Tags: Research
Scientists at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine have gained a new understanding of an enzyme essential for breaking down plant starch, a process used in agriculture, manufacturing and biotechnology. Dr. Matthew Gentry and Dr. Craig Vander Kooi, associate professors of molecular and cellular biochemistry at the University of Kentucky, and graduate student David Meekins, have decoded the natural process plants use to break down starch. Their discovery will lead to more environmentally friendly and cost-efficient methods of processing starch, with significant applications for agriculture and biotechnology. Their findings were reported May 20 in the... FULL STORY

Advanced MRI Allows Researchers to Visualize Early Indicators of Heart

Posted: 6/10/2014 - Tags: Pediatrics, Research, obesity
Children who suffer from obesity carry a burden of premature death into adulthood. Obese children have more than double the risk of mortality in their 30s and 40s compared to children who begin life with a healthy body mass index (BMI). In addition to being more likely to remain obese as adults, obese children are at a higher risk of developing a number of health conditions, including stroke, diabetes, depression, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer. Today, 30 percent of American children are overweight, 20 percent are considered obese and 5 percent are considered morbidly obese. Kentucky has one of the nation's highest rates of obesity. Because... FULL STORY

Wright Receives Retinal Research Foundation Award

Posted: 6/6/2014 - Tags: Ophthalmology, Research
Charles Wright, postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has received The Loris and David Rich Postdoctoral Scholar Award from the International Retina Research Foundation (IRRF). The Loris and David Rich Postdoctoral Scholar Award is one of three IRRF Scholar 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. Additionally, the awards were established to provide salary and research support in the amount of $35,000 per year for a... FULL STORY

Lung Cancer Patients May Benefit from Innovative Informatics Project

Posted: 5/30/2014 - Tags: Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Markey Cancer Center, Research, cancer
A multidisciplinary team of doctors, researchers, and informaticists the University of Kentucky is working to improve identification of lung cancer patients who are eligible to participate in clinical trials for novel treatments. Clinical trials are critical for advancing research into new and better treatments for patients, and the need for improved treatment of lung cancer is dire: Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Its burden is especially significant in the Commonwealth, where rates of lung cancer incidence and mortality are the highest in the country. In Appalachian Kentucky, the situation is even worse, with incidence rates nearly twice... FULL STORY

Annual Markey Research Day Showcases Cancer Research

Posted: 5/23/2014 - Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Research
The future looks bright for cancer research in Kentucky – on May 22, the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center held its annual Markey Cancer Center Research Day, highlighting the work of UK students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty from the past year. As the cancer center has grown, Markey’s research programs have become even more robust, helping propel the center into becoming the state’s first and only National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer center. “The NCI is pretty much all about research – it’s a huge part of what they’re looking for when they award the designation,” said Markey Cancer Center Director Dr. Mark Evers. Research Day not... FULL STORY
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