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UK Strategic Plan Highlights Research in Addressing Kentucky Challenges

Posted: 2/9/2016

As an academic, research and health enterprise, discovery is at the core of the University of Kentucky’s mission — which is why research and scholarship serve as one of the five strategic objectives outlined in the 2015-2020 UK Strategic Plan. 

As one of only eight public institutions in the U.S. with colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, Medicine and Pharmacy on a single campus, UK is especially poised for groundbreaking discoveries and unique interdisciplinary collaboration.

"Our research and scholarly endeavors offer the brightest hope for transformation and change for our Commonwealth and the broader world we serve," said UK President Eli Capilouto. "Our sense of connection to those we serve and our steadfast commitment to changing lives is an integral part of what makes our campus community special."

UK is already home to many nationally recognized programs in aging, cancer, and cardiovascular and neurodegenerative disease, as well as emerging areas in renewable fuels and plant-based alternatives for industrial manufacturing. The Strategic Plan aims to enhance and expand UK's research enterprise by the following measures:

Invest in UK’s existing strengths and areas of growth that benefit and enrich the lives of the citizens of the Commonwealth... FULL STORY
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"Go Red for Women" Celebrates Women's Heart Health

Posted: 2/8/2016
The unspoken pact among Wildcat fans to always "Bleed Blue" was suspended last week in the Pavilion A atrium of UK Chandler Hospital long enough for supporters to "Go Red." The American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" day was Friday, Feb. 5 and dozens of supporters showed up dressed in red to promote awareness of women's heart health. "... FULL STORY

SRAS Offers Training Sessions on SPA Financial Reports

Posted: 2/1/2016
Please join Gina Vessels, SRAS Post Award Manager, on the second Thursday each month for one of our upcoming informational sessions on the monthly financial reports distributed by Sponsored Projects Accounting (SPA) for grant accounts. There will be a general review of the report structure and discussion of the information within the report, and... FULL STORY

Three Postdoctoral Scientists Highlighted During Poster Session

Posted: 1/27/2016 - Tags: Saha Cardiovascular Research Center, Students, Research
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine recently hosted the eighth annual Postdoctoral Poster Presentation Session where three students received top honors for significant research in diverse medical science subjects. Nineteen posters from the basic and clinical sciences were presented in the atrium of the Biomedical Biological Sciences Research Building in December. The program is designed as a training exercise to prepare postdoctoral students for presenting research at conferences. The top three papers receive monetary prizes and will be presented during the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series on May 6, 2016. Honorees include: • Prabhakara Nagareddy, a... FULL STORY

Immunotherapy Research Leads to "Triple Play" for Sanders-Brown

Posted: 1/25/2016 - Tags: Research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Immunotherapy Research
In the late 1990s, Donna Wilcock was exploring electrical activity in the epileptic brain as part of her undergraduate study in England, but her focus took an interesting turn as her studies into brain function deepened. "I began to wonder what, exactly, was going wrong in the brain as people developed dementia? What made them forget things?" said Wilcock. And that question bloomed into a career path focused on the triggers for a disease process that affects millions of people worldwide. After stints in several university laboratories in the U.S., Wilcock was recruited to the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging in 2011 and is now associate... FULL STORY

Sanders-Brown Research Reveals Connection Between Tauopathies and

Posted: 1/20/2016 - Tags: Research
Assistant Professor Joe Abisambra, researcher at the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, has demonstrated for the first time that tau impairs protein synthesis — a key component in memory loss. "Though the exact mechanisms leading to memory loss in tauopathies are not yet known, the scientific community has acknowledged for years that in Alzheimer’s disease brains, tau associates with ribosomes, the hub of protein production. " said Abisambra. Ribosomes are our cellular "factories," tasked with making the proteins essential to proper cellular function. Using both in vivo and in vitro models, Abisambra and his lab were able to demonstrate that... FULL STORY

UK Study Calls for Closer Examination of Transitional Care Management

Posted: 1/17/2016 - Tags: Research
Reducing excessive medical costs associated with high hospital readmission rates is a pillar of health care reform. From 2007 to 2011, as many as 19 percent of patients in the United States returned to hospitals less than a month after discharge, accounting for an estimated $15 million in preventable hospitalization costs. In an effort to prevent adverse outcomes for chronically ill and aging patients and reduce the burden of cost on the government, Medicare providers have implemented transitional care management programs (TCMs) as a bundled component of Medicare payment plans. TCMs comprise a broad set of services and interventions designed to ease the transition... FULL STORY

Thrill of Research Results in Funding to Study Prevention of Stem Cell

Posted: 1/5/2016 - Tags: Research, Internal Medicine
Five days before Christmas, University of Kentucky researcher Ying Liang, MD, PhD, received what she described as the best gift ever: a letter of notification that she received a prestigious R01 grant, totaling $1.88 million over five years, from the National Institutes of Health. Not only was it her first such award, she scored at the second percentile, an uncommonly high score indicating that her proposal was nearly flawless. A glimpse of her CV and her obvious passion for research render the award somewhat less surprising. Liang, assistant professor of toxicology and cancer biology, describes research as “thrilling," and she's dedicated her career to studying a... FULL STORY

Ambati Elected to National Academy of Inventors

Posted: 12/15/2015 - Tags: Research, Awards and Recognition, Faculty, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
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, has been elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a proficient spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Ambati is the first individual from the University of Kentucky to receive this distinction. With the induction of the... FULL STORY

UK Stroke Researcher Named Honorary Lecturer at University of Glasgow

Posted: 12/10/2015 - Tags: Research
Dr. Gregory Bix has been given honorary status in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Bix will be an honorary clinical lecturer in the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology. His appointment will expire in 2020. Bix, an associate professor in the University of Kentucky's Departments of Neurology, Anatomy and Neurobiology, and the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, is also the director of the Center for Advanced Translational Stroke Science and the Paul G. Blazer, Jr. Endowed Professor of Stroke Research. According to Dr. Larry B. Goldstein, chair of the UK Department of Neurology and Co-Director of the... FULL STORY

UK Physiologist Bradley Taylor Awarded NIH Grant to Study Chronic Pain

Posted: 12/7/2015 - Tags: Physiology, Research
University of Kentucky researcher Bradley Taylor recently received a five-year, $3 million research grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to better understand the physiological mechanisms of chronic pain. For many patients recovering from an injury, pain disappears after the injury heals, but for others, pain persists for months, years or even decades. Until recently doctors and scientists had few insights as to why the body’s natural mechanisms of pain relief failed in these patients. Understanding why chronic pain occurs is crucial in Kentucky, where the condition has contributed to high rates of opioid abuse. The Institute of Medicine recently... FULL STORY

Markey Cancer Foundation Announces New President

Posted: 11/30/2015 - Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Research
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Michael Delzotti, CFRE, CSPG, as new president and chief executive officer. Delzotti will begin his new role in early December. The UK Markey Cancer Foundation serves as the fundraising arm for the UK Markey Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center serving Kentucky and the surrounding Appalachian area. The Foundation underwent a nationwide search for their new president and chief executive officer this past summer. Delzotti comes to Markey from the world-renowned and number one-ranked University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston,... FULL STORY

NINDS Director Discusses "The Brain Initiative" at Grand Rounds

Posted: 11/30/2015 - Tags: Neurological Disease, Neurology, Research
Dozens of neurologists, other medical professionals and researchers gathered at the University of Kentucky Nov. 25 to hear the words of Dr. Walter Koroshetz, director of the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health. In his first year as director, Koroshetz has made it a point to travel around the U.S. to share the Institute's plans to reduce the burden of neurological disease through vigorous investments in basic, translational and clinical research. Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis are the most commonly known neurological diseases. However, Koroshetz reminded the audience that this... FULL STORY

Gensel Laboratory Awarded Grant to Study Spinal Cord Injury Repair

Posted: 11/19/2015 - Tags: Physiology, Research
The National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke (NINDS) has awarded a five-year, $1.6 million grant to John C. Gensel, Ph.D., of the University of Kentucky Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC), to study the potential role of the immune system in repairing spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries can result in permanent paralysis. Macrophages, white blood cells involved in immune responses, migrate to wounded areas of the spinal cord following an injury, where they assume M1 (i.e. pro-inflammatory) or M2 (i.e. pro-tissue repair) functions. M2 macrophages have the potential to improve wound healing and subsequent recovery from spinal cord... FULL STORY

Kentucky LEADS Collaborative Implements Multipronged Approach to Lung

Posted: 11/16/2015 - Tags: Research
In the state with the highest incidence and mortality rates of lung cancer, a collaborative project is taking a multipronged approach to address the continuum of the disease, from prevention to screening to survivorship care. The Kentucky LEADS (Lung cancer. Education. Awareness. Detection. Survivorship) Collaborative, a joint effort of the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Lung Cancer Alliance, today announces details of three new statewide programs to reduce the burden of lung cancer in the Commonwealth. The project is the first of its kind to unite an interdisciplinary team of community partners and lung cancer prevention and control experts,... FULL STORY