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Markey Cancer Foundation Announces New President

Posted: 11/30/2015

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, where he served as senior director of philanthropic resources. There his role focused on two successive $1.25 billion campaigns. He also directed a $60 million campaign focused on discovering novel drug therapies for Alzheimer’s disease.

Prior to Delzotti’s tenure with MD Anderson Cancer Center, he held major leadership positions with Rice University, UCLA and the Special Olympics of Southern California.

“I am honored to have been chosen by the UK Markey Cancer Foundation Board to join them in their effots,” said Delzotti. “This Center has such a distinguished history of providing world-... FULL STORY

Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Research

NINDS Director Discusses "The Brain Initiative" at Grand

Posted: 11/30/2015
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... FULL STORY
Tags: Neurological Disease, Neurology, Research

Sponsored Projects Accounting Releases New Monitoring Process for

Posted: 11/24/2015
[From Sponsored Projects Accounting]   In response to the Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Guidance Section 200.331 Requirements for Pass-through Entities, Sponsored Projects Accounting is going to begin monitoring steps to ensure the financial compliance of the university’s subawards.  The initial group of subawardees was chosen based on... 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

Loria to Present Gender-Based Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research at

Posted: 11/16/2015 - Tags: Gill Heart Institute, Pharmacology, Research
Analia Loria, assistant professor of pharmacology and nutritional sciences at the University of Kentucky, will be a featured presenter at the First Physiology and Gender Conference organized by the American Physiological Society this week. At the conference, Loria will be discussing her research on the susceptibility of rodents to develop cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome in adulthood after being exposed to high-stress situations early in life. Loria utilizes animal models to study the effects in the cardiovascular system to mimic children that have been exposed to psychosocial stresses such as abuse, neglect, parental loss and other traumas. The stress, in... FULL STORY

UK Researchers Showcase Potential Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease at

Posted: 11/4/2015 - Tags: Parkinson's disease, Research
Two University of Kentucky researchers will present evidence supporting a promising new therapy for Parkinson’s disease as part of a showcase of scientific research and innovation during the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Parkinson’s Disease Therapeutics Conference. University of Kentucky College of Medicine professor Greg Gerhardt and associate professor Richard Grondin will today present “Therapeutic Development of siRNA Targeting Alpha-Synuclein” during the MJFF Parkinson’s Disease Therapeutics Conference in New York. The research studies whether targeting the alpha-synuclein protein is a safe approach to combating Parkinson’s disease. Gerhardt and Grondin were... FULL STORY

Ambati Lab Receives $2.4 Million Grant to Study Newly Discovered Source of

Posted: 11/1/2015 - Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Research
The John Templeton Foundation, a philanthropic organization devoted to rigorous scientific research and scholarship, has awarded a three-year, $2.4 million grant to Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati and his research team at the University of Kentucky Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences to study the genetics of a new source of DNA they discovered. The human body is made up of trillions of cells, with their own complete set of genetic instructions. This set of instructions is known as our genome and is made up of DNA. Within this DNA is a unique chemical code that guides human growth, development and health. The Ambati lab discovered a new ecosystem of genetic... FULL STORY

Two University of Kentucky Researchers Awarded Grants from Conquer

Posted: 10/28/2015 - Tags: scobirc, Research, Grants and Funding
Conquer Paralysis Now (CPN) has awarded two of its 12 grants to researchers at the UK Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC) through its Conquer Paralysis Now Challenge. No other institution received more than one grant. Sasha Rabchevsky, Ph.D., received the Out of the Box Award, which provides an initial $50,000 funding for high-risk, high-potential research ideas. Rabchevsky and his lab are exploring ways to promote functional neuroprotection at the subcellular level with mitochondrial transplants following spinal cord injury. "Mitochondria, which produce the energy to fuel vital cell functions are the powerhouses, but in the event of a spinal... FULL STORY

$1.6 Million Grant to Sanders-Brown Researcher Will Fund Study of

Posted: 10/27/2015 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Research
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) has awarded Joe Abisambra, Ph.D., of the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging a five-year, $1.6 million grant to study a group of diseases called tauopathies. Tauopathies are a group of more than 20 neurodegenerative disorders that affect nearly eight million Americans. These disorders all share one common characteristic: deposition of a protein called "tau" into sticky bundles inside brain cells. While Alzheimer's disease is the most-recognized tauopathy, Pick’s disease, and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (originating from head trauma) are all a part of this expanding disease... FULL STORY

Fukuda Receives Prestigious Awards Given to Outstanding Japanese

Posted: 10/15/2015 - Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Research
Dr. Shinichi Fukuda, postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati at the University of Kentucky's Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences has received two prestigious awards to advance his research of dry macular degeneration. . The "Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research Abroad of Japan Society for the Promotion Science," presented by the Japan Society for the Promotion Science, is a two-year award given to foster highly capable researchers with wide international perspectives. It gives excellent young Japanese researchers an opportunity to carry out long-term research at an overseas university or research institution. The "Medical... FULL STORY

UK Student Earns Halcomb Fellowship for Research Merging Physics and

Posted: 9/25/2015 - Tags: Students, research, Awards and Recognition
University of Kentucky medical student and doctoral candidate Scott Thalman, who is developing novel imaging techniques for identifying early risk factors for sudden cardiac death, received the Halcomb Fellowship for researchers in medicine and engineering. The fellowship supports a graduate student in the University of Kentucky Colleges of Engineering and Medicine who is involved in interdisciplinary research in the field of biomedical engineering. Now a biomedical engineering student, Thalman studied solid-state physics at Brigham Young University before entering the joint medical degree and doctorate program at the University of Kentucky. Having completed his... FULL STORY

Registration Open for Fifth Annual Markesbery Symposium Set for Nov. 20-21

Posted: 9/24/2015 - Tags: Research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) is hosting its fifth annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia on Nov. 20-21. This two day program will offer sessions for both scientific and community audiences. Clinicians and researchers from the University of Kentucky and other institutions will come together to share current findings, trends and the latest updates on dementia and aging disorders, particularly as related to Alzheimer’s disease. The Markesbery Symposium is in honor of the late Dr. William R. Markesbery, the founder and long-time director of the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and an internationally renowned expert on aging and dementia. On... FULL STORY

New NIH and Journal Requirements for Research Forum

Posted: 9/23/2015 - Tags: Research, Forum, NIH
Joint efforts are underway by NIH and leading journals to enhance reproducibility in scientific research through increased rigor and transparency in study design, conduct and data reporting.  Please join us to learn more about current expectations and opportunities to address these requirements for grant funding and publishing research.  Presented by: Office of the Vice President for Research Good Research Practice Resource Center  Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 12:00 PM (MN 263)   Thursday, October 29, 2015, 4:00 PM (BPC 124)   

UK's Butterfield Receives NIH Grant to Study Parkinson's Disease

Posted: 9/22/2015 - Tags: NIH Award, Research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
D. Allan Butterfield, professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Chemistry and Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA), has been awarded a $413,000, two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study a new model of Parkinson's disease (PD). PD is the second most common age-related neurodegenerative disease in the United States and is manifested by movement abnormalities, postural instability, loss of smell (anosmia), deposition of the protein, alpha-synuclein, and in late stages, cognitive dysfunction. The brain is attacked by free radicals, many emanating from neuronal mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cell) to cause damage to proteins and... FULL STORY

Muscular Dystrophy Association Funds ALS Research at UK

Posted: 9/16/2015 - Tags: Research, Biochemistry, ALS
The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) awarded Haining Zhu, a professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, a three-year, $300,000 grant to study the underlying mechanisms of ALS. In an effort to accelerate treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases, the MDA distributed $10 million in grants this summer to scientists conducting significant research on muscular dystrophy, ALS and other muscle-debilitating diseases. Zhu’s research seeks to understand the mutations of the Fused in Sarcoma (FUS) gene, which is a known cause of ALS. He was one of 36 international researchers — and the only researcher in Kentucky —... FULL STORY