Research Facility Shows What Kentucky Can Do

Posted: 9/21/2018
A research facility expressly devoted to addressing and eradicating the state’s most significant health disparities was opened Friday morning by the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees and President Eli Capilouto, and many of the Commonwealth’s leading policymakers.“Today, joined by our partners in progress, we open the doors to a modern facility that will be a shining beacon of hope — a testament to the idea that we can turn the tide on disease and suffering in the Commonwealth,” Capilouto said. “UK’s new multidisciplinary research building is the result of a $265 million partnership between the state and its flagship university, equally committed to a better and... FULL STORY
Tags: Research

Markey Earns Renewal of Prestigious 5-Year National Cancer Institute

Posted: 8/10/2018
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center announced Friday that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) renewed its national cancer center designation for the next five years. The UK Markey Cancer Center remains one of only 70 NCI-designated centers in the country and the only one in Kentucky.“UK was founded for the people of Kentucky, and still today, they turn to us. Five years ago, we stood together and declared cancer in Kentucky had a new foe. That is a promise we intend to keep, and we are proud to announce further investment in that promise with the renewal of the Markey Cancer Center’s NCI-designation,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “The... FULL STORY
Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Research

UK Doctoral Candidate Selected to Participate in New Advocacy Program

Posted: 7/21/2018
Ten researchers from institutions across the U.S. have been selected to participate in the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Advocacy Training Program, a rigorous six-month program aiming to produce the next generation of science advocates. Among those chosen is Aria Byrd, a doctoral candidate in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and researcher in the Fillmore Brainson Lab. "I've constantly been in environments that have motivated me to refine my passions and find my niche in the science world," said Byrd, "As I've matured, the significance of science communication has become... FULL STORY
Tags: Biochemistry, Research

New Clinical Trial Takes Personalized Approach for Rare Type of ALS in

Posted: 6/13/2018
ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a neurodegenerative disease of some fame in the United States. Many Americans know the illness, which currently has no cure, as Lou Gehrig’s disease, after the beloved baseball player whose career and life were cut short by the condition in the 1930s and 40s. More recently, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking died of ALS. Perhaps more than anyone else, Hawking reminds us of the particular cruelty of the disease, which slowly robs a person of muscle movement while leaving their cognitive abilities intact. The average life expectancy after diagnosis is only four to five years and nearly everyone with ALS ultimately dies from the... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, ALS

Undergraduate Research Mentor Award Winners Announced

Posted: 6/13/2018
 Luke Bradley, Janice Fernheimer and Gregory Luhan received the University of Kentucky 2018 Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. This student-nominated award recognizes UK faculty members who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to mentoring undergraduate researchers, providing exceptional undergraduate research experiences, as well as supporting and promoting the undergraduate research initiatives on campus.Eighteen faculty mentors were nominated for the award by their students.Bradley is an associate professor and research mentor in the Department of Neuroscienceand the Department of Molecular and Cellular... FULL STORY
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Students, Postdocs and Faculty Present Latest Findings at Markey Research

Posted: 5/12/2018
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center recently held its ninth annual Markey Cancer Center Research Day, highlighting the work of UK students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty from the past year.Research Day provides an opportunity for investigators to showcase their work and also view the work of their colleagues across the campus. Markey researchers are housed all across the University, spanning eight colleges and 28 departments.This year’s event featured 142 posters and oral presentations from a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, two medical fellows, and a junior faculty member. The afternoon’s faculty oral presentations comprised six research... FULL STORY
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UK Honors the 2018-2019 University Research Professors

Posted: 5/3/2018
This week, it was my distinct pleasure to present the University Research Professorship Awards to 14 members of our faculty who have demonstrated excellence in research and creative work that addresses scientific, social, cultural, economic and health challenges in our region and around the world.At a reception hosted by President Eli Capilouto at Maxwell Place, with their families, deans, associate deans for research and nominators on hand to celebrate with them, we had the opportunity to recognize and publicize the accomplishments of these scholars.The University Research Professorships were established by the UK Board of Trustees in 1976 to recognize outstanding... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, Awards and Recognition

Head Injuries and the Path from Pilot Study to Major Grant

Posted: 4/18/2018
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been a hot topic of late as soldiers return from the battlefield and football players from the gridiron with debilitating injuries.To date, treatment for TBI has been limited because the underlying mechanisms that cause brain damage are still poorly understood. Recently, however, science has shown increased interest in exploring ways to prompt the brain to heal itself after injury, or perhaps even protect itself as the injury occurs.A team of researchers from the University of Kentucky Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC), and the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging have... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, Grant

CCTS Conference on Opioids Draws Nearly 1,000 Participants

Posted: 4/17/2018
The 13th Annual Spring Conference of the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) was held April 13 at the Lexington Convention Center. While the CCTS supports research across the spectrum of diseases, this year’s conference focused on using translational science to address the opioid epidemic.Nearly 1,000 researchers, clinicians, students, trainees, community partners and local and national experts participated in the day-long, multidisciplinary event to share their findings and enhance collaborations. In addition to plenary presentations by nationally renowned speakers, around 300 posters were presented, along with... FULL STORY
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Annual Report Spotlights UK Research Impact on Kentucky

Posted: 4/9/2018
How is research at the University of Kentucky transforming tomorrow? The UK Research 2017 Annual Report shares the economic impact of UK research, strategic plan progress, national rankings and innovative federally funded research projects in substance abuse, cancer, diabetes and obesity, cardiovascular diseases, neuroscience and aging, and energy.In 2017, UK investigators brought in $331.3 million in research awards. Of that total, $178.3 million were federal grants, including $113.9 million from the National Institutes of Health. Industry contracts to UK totaled $18.1 million. “We believe in the powerful idea that brainpower, harnessed in common cause against... FULL STORY
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Sanders-Brown Grant Trains New Generation of Dementia Researchers

Posted: 4/2/2018
The University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has been awarded a $2 million grant by the National Institutes of Health to train the next generation of dementia researchers. The T32 training grant, “Training in Traditional Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (TRIAD),” is the first Sanders-Brown Center on Aging training grant dedicated to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.The program provides cross-disciplinary, bench-to-bedside training for all trainees. “We have really fantastic faculty, so our trainees will be exposed to high-caliber mentorship that prepares them for a research career in an area of dire need,” said Elizabeth... FULL STORY
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SCoBIRC Symposium Receives Broad Attendance

Posted: 3/19/2018
 The 24th Annual Kentucky Spinal Cord & Head Injury Research Trust Symposium, was held on Thursday, May 10, 2018, in the Lee T. Todd, Jr. Building at the University of Kentucky.Prominent researchers in the fields of spinal cord and traumatic brain injury from across the nation joined the UK Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC) faculty to share information focused on two themes: long-term consequences of neurotrauma and research along the translational spectrum.Speakers examining the long-term consequences of neurotrauma included Drs. Mark Burns(Georgetown University), Warren Alilain (SCoBIRC), ... FULL STORY
Tags: scobirc, Research