BLOG: Record-breaking Research Awards Power UK Innovation

Posted: 8/1/2019
University of Kentucky (UK) faculty received $417.1 million in competitive research awards last fiscal year, a record-breaking increase of $83 million over the previous year.  This astounding 25% increase in FY 2019 takes the university to an unprecedented 12% compound annual growth rate over the last three years for grants and contracts to UK.  Federal grants and contracts, which are highly competitive, increased by 16% from the previous year, and represent large increases from federal funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH, 32% increase) and the National Science Foundation (NSF, 47% increase). ... FULL STORY
Tags: Research

Behind the Blue: Sanders-Brown Director Linda Van Eldik Looks to the

Posted: 7/3/2019
Alzheimer's disease wreaks emotional havoc on patients, who are robbed of their memories, their dignity, and their lives. It’s financially devastating as well: care for Alzheimer's patients is predicted to top $1 trillion by about the time children born today are having children of their own.More than 70,000 Kentuckians are living with Alzheimer's disease, which likely means that you know someone whose life has been touched — directly or indirectly — by dementia. And since that number is expected to rise to more than 85,000 in the next five years or so, Alzheimer's will likely hit closer to home for many of us.But the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging is doggedly... FULL STORY
Tags: Alzheimer's disease, Research

Lung Cancer Screening Awareness Campaign Focuses on At-Risk Kentuckians

Posted: 6/17/2019
The GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer (formerly known as Lung Cancer Alliance and the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation) is conducting a statewide education campaign in partnership with the University of Kentucky to bring lung cancer screening awareness to the thousands of Kentuckians at risk for the disease. The campaign stems from the Kentucky LEADS Collaborative (Lung Cancer, Education, Awareness, Detection, Survivorship), a project led by UK, University of Louisville, and the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer.As part of the Kentucky LEADS effort to reduce lung cancer in the state, educational ads are airing in cable television... FULL STORY
Tags: Cancer, Research

People Behind Our Research: Yvonne Fondufe-Mittendorf and the Epigenetics

Posted: 5/28/2019
University of Kentucky researcher Yvonne Fondufe-Mittendorf affectionately describes the formation of her career as an “accident.”Originally hailing from the Republic of Cameroon, Africa, Fondufe-Mittendorf had never even seen inside of a lab before moving to Germany to pursue an advanced degree. At the Georg-August Universitaet in Göttingen, she earned a doctorate in molecular genetics.“I had never seen a pipette before,” she said. “I didn’t know what a molecular biology lab looked like. However, I’d always been interested in knowing details about the cells in a human body; what makes us who we are.”Driven by the discoveries she began making in the... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, Women in Medicine

Markey, LLS Host Eighth Annual “Meet the Researchers” Day

Posted: 5/21/2019
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) recently hosted their eighth annual “Meet the Researchers” Day. This event is a field trip given as a prize to two schools in the region who successfully raised more than $1,000 for the LLS’s Pennies for Patients campaign.This year, Shelby County West Middle School in Shelbyville, Ky., and St. Francis High School in Louisville, Ky., won the opportunity to visit the Biomedical/Biological Sciences Research Building (BBSRB) on UK’s campus and learned more about how the money they raised for Pennies for Patients will help further cancer research. “I think Meet the... FULL STORY
Tags: Research

UK Celebrates 10 Years of Markey Research Day

Posted: 5/10/2019
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center celebrated 10 years of Markey Research Day this past Tuesday. Sponsored by the Markey Cancer Foundation, Markey Research Day is an opportunity for researchers who study any aspect of cancer to share their work and receive feedback from colleagues across campus. Markey’s reach extends across 10 of UK’s 16 colleges, and the work on display at Research Day showcases the wide variety and diversity of perspectives that fall under the Markey umbrella. Nearly 450 people were in attendance at the event, which featured 138 poster abstracts. Many posters are presented by seasoned researchers; however, high school... FULL STORY
Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Research

UK Board Awards 16 University Professorships for 2019-20

Posted: 5/2/2019
This week, the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees approved 16 University Research Professorships for the 2019-20 academic year.The purpose of the University Research Professorship program is to recognize and publicize research accomplishments of scholars across the full range of disciplines at UK. The award amount is $10,000 for one year, to be used to further the research, scholarship and creative endeavors of the awardee.  “It is truly gratifying to recognize these distinguished experts who have made significant contributions in so many different fields of research at the University of Kentucky,” said Lisa Cassis, UK’s vice president for research. “The... FULL STORY
Tags: Physiology, Research

When is Alzheimer's Not Alzheimer's? Researchers Characterize a

Posted: 5/1/2019
In the past, using the terms "Alzheimer’s disease" and "dementia" interchangeably was a generally accepted practice. Now there is rising appreciation that a variety of diseases and disease processes contribute to dementia.According to Nina Silverberg, Ph.D., director of the Alzheimer's Disease Centers Program at National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of NIH, in the past many of the people who enrolled in clinical trials for Alzheimer's drugs likely did not have amyloid — the sticky substance that gums up neurons and interferes with thinking — in their brains.  “Recent research and clinical trials in Alzheimer’s disease have taught us two things: First,... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Alzheimer's disease

UK's First Bridge Clinic Offers Immediate Access to Opioid Treatment

Posted: 4/23/2019
After being revived with Naloxone in the emergency room, patients immediately enter withdrawal. Cold chills, vomiting, diarrhea – “dope sickness” is what many call it. The feeling is hard to describe, but many people who’ve experienced it or witnessed it say it’s like the worst flu times 10.This is a hard time to talk with patients about treatment and recovery and about the hard work they would need to do to reclaim their lives. When the Kentucky Cabinet for Family and Health Services put out a call for ideas to improve access to evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD), Drs. Laura Fanucchi, Michelle Lofwall and Sharon Walsh submitted a proposal.... FULL STORY
Tags: Center for Drug Abuse Research Translation, Research

Annual Report Spotlights UK Research Impact on Kentucky

Posted: 4/19/2019
What impact does University of Kentucky research have on the Commonwealth? The UK Research 2018 Annual Report provides a snapshot of UK’s research: from the opening of the Healthy Kentucky Research Building, to statewide economic impact and national R&D rankings, to innovative federally funded research projects in the six areas that fall under a new program — the Research Priorities Initiative.“The UK Strategic Plan charged UK Research with investing in existing strengths and areas of growth that benefit and enrich the lives of the citizens of the Commonwealth and beyond,” said Lisa Cassis, vice president for research. “We selected six priority areas that have clear... FULL STORY
Tags: Research

UK, Kentucky Awarded $87 Million to Lead Effort in Combating Nation's

Posted: 4/18/2019
In the largest grant ever awarded to the University of Kentucky, researchers from UK's Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR) and across campus — in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet (JPSC) — will lead a project as part of the HEALing Communities study.The four-year, more than $87 million study has an ambitious but profoundly important goal: reducing opioid overdose deaths by 40 percent in 16 counties that represent more than a third of Kentucky’s population.The university’s largest previous grant was a $25 million award for math and science education in Appalachia.More... FULL STORY
Tags: Opioid Treatment, Research, Grants and Funding

Mark Williams, MD and Jing Li, MD, MS Share Findings at CMS National Care

Posted: 4/17/2019
Mark Williams, MD, Chief Quality and Transformation Officer at UK HealthCare and Director of the University of Kentucky Center for Health Services Research, and Jing Li, MD, MS, Associate Director of the UK Center for Health Services Research, presented the findings from Project ACHIEVE at the National Care Transitions Awareness (NCTA) Day Summit, which was held on NCTA Day, April 16. National Care Transitions Awareness Day aims to increase awareness of the critical transition that patients and their caregivers experience when they transition from the hospital to home or other site of care.In honor of the awareness day, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS... FULL STORY
Tags: Center for Health Services Research, Research