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

University of Kentucky Joins the TriNetX Network

Posted: 6/22/2016 - Tags: Research
The University of Kentucky has signed a membership agreement to join the TriNetX network, a leader in international clinical research networks, in order to optimize clinical trial design and advance clinical research for UK programs. Pharmaceutical researchers will gain access to UK's clinical data in real time through TriNetX's proprietary network of health care institutions representing more than 37 million patients in the US and Europe to support clinical study and protocol design, site selection, and patient recruitment across a range of therapeutic areas and development stages. UK will leverage the TriNetX network to drive more industry-sponsored clinical... FULL STORY

Brain Research with the Abisambra Lab

Posted: 6/9/2016 - Tags: Research, Alzheimer's disease
In honor of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, this podcast features Joe Abisambra, an assistant professor in the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, and three of his lab trainees—Sarah Fontaine, Shelby Meier and Brittani Price.Abisambra explained the importance of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging: “This center has been a pivotal aspect of the University partly because we have Alzheimer’s Disease Center designation. There are about 30 other institutions in the country that have this designation, and we are one of the few that have had the designation from the beginning of the program in 1985 through today. We have to compete for this every five years.” The funding... FULL STORY

Bachstetter Lab Featured on LabTV

Posted: 6/7/2016 - Tags: Research, scobirc
In the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCOBIRC) at the University of Kentucky, Adam Bachstetter’s lab studies how glial cells in the brain interact with neurons to support brain health. Bachstetter and Danielle Lyons, a postdoctoral scholar in his lab, recently shared their stories with LabTV.Bachstetter, who was a pre-law psychology undergraduate at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, said he ended up in science because of a neuroscience internship. He went on to graduate work at University of South Florida, started postdoctoral research at Northwestern University and then moved to the University of Kentucky to finish his postdoctoral work.Bachstetter... FULL STORY

Researchers Present Cancer Studies at Markey Research Day

Posted: 5/19/2016 - Tags: Research, Markey Cancer Center
The annual University of Kentucky Markey Cancer CenterResearch Day not only provides researchers with the opportunity to share their work, but to get feedback from colleagues. An estimated 400 people were in attendance at the event, with about 50 staff members tasked with judging posters.While many posters are presented by seasoned researchers, high school, undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students, as well as junior researchers and staff, also can submit work and request to have their poster presentation judged by faculty members.For Kim Lakocy, a fourth year undergraduate nursing student, this year’s Markey Research Day was her introduction to cancer... FULL STORY

Markey Achievements Featured in Annual “State of the Cancer Center”

Posted: 5/19/2016 - Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Research
Dr. Mark Evers, director of the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, gave his annual "State of the Cancer Center" address Wednesday at Markey Research Day, highlighting the center's major accomplishments in patient care, recruitment, research and outreach from the past year."Markey is making great strides in both clinical care and research, and we plan to continue that trend moving forward," Evers said. "Kentucky is still home to the worst cancer rates in the country, and we will continue to expand our reach and provide acute-level cancer care for not just Kentuckians, but patients from neighboring states and even across the country who are seeking services only... FULL STORY

UK Study Shows New Potential Marker for Obesity

Posted: 5/11/2016 - Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Research
A new study led by University of Kentucky researchers and published in Nature shows a potential new biological marker for the development of obesity and a possible target for obesity prevention and treatment. Neurotensin (NT), a peptide produced mainly in the gastrointestinal tract and central nervous system, is released with fat ingestion and facilitates fatty acid absorption in the intestine. Previous research has shown that NT can also stimulate the growth of various cancers and increased fasting levels of pro-NT (an NT precursor hormone) are associated with development of cardiovascular disease and breast cancer. The new Nature study examined data from the... FULL STORY