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UK’s Collaborative Research Environment

Posted: 4/28/2016

As Vice President for Research, I am frequently asked, “What is it like to be a researcher at UK?” Well, to be honest, I have only known one research environment as a faculty member performing academic research for the past 27 years, and that environment is UK. While this might be construed as making me shortsighted, I believe that one of the primary reasons I have remained at UK throughout my academic career is the collaborative nature of research. 

Nowhere that I have visited, or been recruited to, has the team-based approach to research that I have experienced at UK. I even like to think that I have contributed to that collaborative research environment, through interaction with programs including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE), NIH Superfund Basic Science Research Program, and by serving as director of a multidisciplinary graduate and research center focused on nutritional sciences for 10 years.

Each of these programs includes students, postdoctoral fellows, staff and faculty across department and college boundaries that come together to target an area of research. The power of their interdisciplinary approach is evident in grants and contracts, honors and awards, scholarly publications and... FULL STORY

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Women in Medicine and Science Roundtable Conversations

Posted: 4/27/2016
Sent on behalf of the Women in Medicine and Science Executive Committee and the Mentoring Subcommittee The College of Medicine Women in Medicine and Science Executive Committee would like to invite all female faculty to attend the first in a series of Roundtable Discussions - "Managing Career Challenges", on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 5:15... FULL STORY

Fulbright Opportunities: Consultations and Discussion at UK

Posted: 4/27/2016
The University of Kentucky is pleased to announce an upcoming workshop for faculty members planning to apply for Fulbright funding, for international work. We will host Peter VanDerwater, Director of Outreach for the Fulbright Scholar Program, who will be at UK on Tuesday, May 3rd. There will be opportunity for 1-on-1 consultations throughout the... FULL STORY

UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Excels at Recent National Conference

Posted: 4/5/2016 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Research
Two researchers from the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging won awards at the National Charleston Conference on Alzheimer's Disease (CCAD) earlier this month. Ai-Ling Lin, Ph.D., and Jose Abisambra, Ph.D., were two of 15 researchers selected from high-caliber institutions such as Harvard, Mount Sinai and New York University to attend the conference based on the quality and originality of their research. Of the four awards presented, Sanders-Brown researchers were awarded two. Lin was one of three recipients who received the $50,000 New Vision Award. She will use the award money to further her research into the effects of diet on healthy... FULL STORY

Sanders-Brown Laboratories Showcase Work on Alzheimer’s Disease, Traumatic

Posted: 3/9/2016 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Alzheimer's disease, Research
The laboratories of University of Kentucky researchers Anika Hartz, Ph.D., and Christopher Norris, Ph.D., published research studying the pathologies of Alzheimer’s disease and traumatic brain injury (TBI), respectively, in the most recent issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. Both Alzheimer’s disease and TBI impair patients’ memory and cognitive abilities, but they have different causes. Researchers and doctors do not yet know what causes Alzheimer’s disease, but they do know the risk of developing the disease increases with age and that toxic amyloid-β proteins clump together and accumulate in the brains of patients with the disease. TBI, on the other hand, can... FULL STORY

Kyprianou Named 2016 Urology Care Foundation Distinguished Research

Posted: 2/29/2016 - Tags: Awards and Recognition, Markey Cancer Center, Research
Dr. Natasha Kyrpianou has been chosen as the 2016 Urology Care Foundation Distinguished Research Scholar Alumna. The award recognizes those in the urologic community who have compiled significant and substantial research and demonstrated academic leadership as well as a commitment to scholarship to advance urology care. Dr. Kyprianou will be honored at the Urology Care Foundation Research Honors Program on May 7. Currently serving as a professor of Urology, Biochemistry, Pathology and Toxicology and Cancer Biology in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Kyprianou has done extensive research in the field of urology; in 2002, Kyprianou joined the Markey... FULL STORY

UK Virologist Becky Dutch Explores the Varying Nature of Viruses

Posted: 2/23/2016 - Tags: Biochemistry, Research
From Zika to Ebola, the emerging viruses of the 21st century pose a threat to populations throughout the world as silent invaders of the human body. While viruses infect most people multiple times a year with varying degrees of severity and symptoms, no two viruses function in exactly the same way.For University of Kentucky virologist Becky Dutch, studying the diverse nature of viruses is an exciting — and sometimes challenging — endeavor. Each individual virus must be treated as a separate entity. Dutch said the details of the infection process of HIV do not necessarily teach researchers about the details of infection processes of other viruses, such as a common... FULL STORY

Motivated by Personal Experience, Scientist Seeks Answers About Spinal

Posted: 2/15/2016 - Tags: scobirc, Physiology, Research
At the age of 19, Sasha Rabchevsky was a strong safety on the Hampden-Sydney College football team when a motorcycle accident left him paralyzed from the chest down. Rabchevsky has transformed that dreadful turn of events into a meaningful career searching for ways to repair spinal cord damage and improve the lives of those living with spinal cord injury (SCI). "After my accident, I knew I wanted to pursue research to understand what my condition was and if not cure it, figure out and understand why there was no cure," he said. After graduating with a bachelor of science in biology only a semester behind his original class, and then working as a technician at the... FULL STORY

UK Strategic Plan Highlights Research in Addressing Kentucky Challenges

Posted: 2/9/2016 - Tags: Research, Strategic Plan
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... FULL STORY

Ambati Laboratory Discovers New Antibody Function

Posted: 1/28/2016 - Tags: Ophthalmology, Research
The laboratory of Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and an international team of researchers from Italy, United Kingdom, Japan, France, The Netherlands, Australia, Sweden and Czech Republic, detail the discovery of a previously unrecognized function for antibodies in two articles this week in the inaugural issue of Signal Transduction and Targeted Therapy, a journal of the Nature Publishing Group. The immune system produces antibodies to recognize and bind to specific features found on pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. This results in destruction of the pathogen by white blood cells that recognize the antibody. Antibodies... FULL STORY

UK Scientist Profiles Get 324,000 Views on LabTV

Posted: 1/27/2016 - Tags: Research
Over the last six months, videos of 22 biomedical researchers from the University of Kentucky, featured on the national website LabTV, have garnered 324,000 views. features thousands of researchers working at dozens of leading universities, corporations, and the National Institutes of Health. In these videos medical researchers tell where they came from, how they chose their career, what they do each day in the lab, and why they love it. Jay Walker of TEDMED, in partnership with the National Institutes of Health, started the site because if high school students or college undergrads can personally identify with a young medical researcher, they are far... 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