Basic Research Vital to Health, Well-being of State, Country

Posted: 5/15/2017
 Colorectal cancer incidence rates have declined by 25 percent in Kentucky in less than 10 years. Death rates have dropped by 30 percent.Why?Among other reasons, screenings have increased significantly, led by University of Kentucky researchers along with changes in state policy.It’s one example of the impact of basic scientific research combined with outreach into communities across Kentucky. Basic scientific research is at the cornerstone of each innovative step and – led by UK – it is leaving an impact across Kentucky.“Everything that we do came from a research question that was originally asked by someone either in the U.S. or... FULL STORY
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Research-Based Training to Identify Substance Misuse

Posted: 5/10/2017
Even when it’s your job, it’s not easy to ask people about substance use. Kalea Benner’s current research is based on this fact.“I knew from my own experiences as a social work practitioner, even with a decade of experience under my belt, it was still hard for me to ask about substance use. And, in today's world, when it's prescription drugs, when a doctor has given you permission to use that medication, it's even harder,” says Benner, director of undergraduate studies at the UK College of Social Work. “That was one thing I wanted to help my students do: gain confidence in asking those tough questions, know that they weren't being intrusive, and be able to... FULL STORY
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Markey and LLS Host Sixth Annual ‘Meet the Researcher Day’

Posted: 5/3/2017
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) recently hosted their sixth annual "Meet the Researcher Day" on April 27- 28. Meet the Researchers Day is a field trip given as a prize to schools in the region who successfully raise more than $1,000 for the LLS's Pennies for Patients campaign.This year, Shelby County West Middle School, Mercer County Senior High School, New Albany High School and Henry County Middle School 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... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, Markey Cancer Center

The NIH Institutional Development Award (IDeA): A Program of Impact

Posted: 4/26/2017
By Vice President for Research Lisa Cassis Recently, we celebrated a new grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), within a program called the Institutional Development Award (IDeA), for a Center for Cancer and Metabolism. This Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE), which is headed by Daret St. Clair in collaboration with Peter Zhou, is anticipated to have an amazing impact on our ability to fight the cancer scourge that plagues Kentucky.So what exactly is the NIH IDeA program, what is a COBRE (no, it’s not a snake), and why would these programs have such an impact on cancer research at UK? Let’s start with the NIH IDeA program. This... FULL STORY
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"Our Story" Featured at Sanders-Brown Annual Dinner

Posted: 4/24/2017
They've hosted astronauts, entrepreneurs, national champions, politicians and world leaders.  But this year, the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging opted to tell "Our Story" at its annual dinner.Instead of a keynote speaker from outside the organization, Sanders-Brown featured the stories of six families whose lives have been ravaged by Alzheimer's disease.Called "Our Story," this emotional journey of wives, sons, husbands and daughters tells how Sanders-Brown helped them cope with the financial, psychological and emotional impacts of their loved ones' diagnosis – and how many of them are giving back by participating in research at... FULL STORY
Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Research

UK Physiologists Discover Molecular Mechanism for Stabilizing Inner Ear

Posted: 4/17/2017
Mechanosensory hair cells in the inner ear pick up the softest sounds, such as whispers and distant noises. Unlike other cells in the human body, these sensory cells are fragile and finite. At birth, the human ear contains approximately 15,000 of these cells. They do not regenerate or divide and, therefore are susceptible to permanent damage from exposure to loud sounds. Scientists believe understanding the molecular mechanisms that maintain the structure of these cells throughout the lifespan can provide insight into the fundamental causes of hearing loss and deafness.University of Kentucky physiologists Catalina Vélez-Ortega, Gregory Frolenkov and their... FULL STORY
Tags: Physiology, Research

UK to Announce Major Multi-million NIH Grant to Launch New Center to Fight

Posted: 4/17/2017
The University of Kentucky was recently awarded a prestigious Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant to study the metabolism of cancer from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. The $11.2 million grant will fund UK's Center for Cancer and Metabolism over the next five years.Kentucky has disproportionately high incidences of both cancer and metabolic disorders and leads the nation in cancer deaths and is in the top 10 for highest obesity rates in the country. While scientists have long known of a direct link between obesity and cancer, the need for further research into this field is a necessity... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, Markey Cancer Center

Proposed Cuts to Federal Research Funding Threaten UK’s Health and High-

Posted: 4/13/2017
In December, with bipartisan support, Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act, a major piece of legislation designed to re-energize medical research within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – the world’s premier biomedical research government agency. But the recently released so called “skinny” budget within the America First budget blueprint, which includes a roughly $6 billion cut to the NIH, would profoundly curtail discovery and innovation across the U.S.Members of the House and Senate from both parties have voiced their doubts about such cuts in federal funding for research and discovery, and the budget in its current form is by no means what will... FULL STORY
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VPR Workshop: Core Facilities Supported by Research

Posted: 4/6/2017
By Vice President for Research Lisa Cassis Thursday The Office of the Vice President for Research is hosting a series of workshops designed to help faculty accelerate their research activities and utilize the capabilities of core facilities. For more workshops, see the Research Support Guide. CORE FACILITIES SUPPORTED BY UK RESEARCH: April 13, 202A BBSRB, 1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Who should attend: All researchers who require the advanced capabilities of Research-supported core facilities. Directors and staff from the facilities (listed below) will provide an overview of equipment and services available to UK investigators. 1:30 p.m. Introduction to Research-... FULL STORY
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Neurology Resident's Study, Published in Stroke, Proposes Change to

Posted: 2/22/2017
Organizations like the American Heart Association have promoted the FAST concept to help people recognize the symptoms of stroke.FAST stands for Face, Arm, Speech and Time – the last letter a reminder to seek treatment immediately because strokes can be debilitating or even deadly.However, a study published in a recent issue of Stroke and authored by a resident physician at the University of Kentucky might signal a sea change in how we educate lay people and first responders to look for stroke.Dr. Susanth Aroor, a fourth year neurology resident at the University of Kentucky, was inspired by a conversation with Dr. Larry B. Goldstein, chairman of the University... FULL STORY
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Parkinson's disease research and treatment with Dr. Craig van Horne

Posted: 2/20/2017
Parkinson’s disease is a long-term, progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. An estimated seven to 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s. The symptoms for the disease usually develop slowly over time, and among the obvious are shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement, and difficulty in walking. Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson’s, though there are medications that can slow the progression of symptoms.Dr. Craig van Horne is an associate professor of neurosurgery with UK HealthCare. He focuses his research on cellular and surgical therapies for Parkinson’s disease.Deep Brain Stimulation, or DBS, is a surgical procedure... FULL STORY
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Behind the Blue Examines Women's Heart Health With Dr. Gretchen Wells

Posted: 2/10/2017
February is American Heart Health Month, and this past Feb. 3 marked the 14th annual National Wear Red Day for Women. It’s a day designed to call our attention to recognizing heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women in this country, and to raise awareness of women’s overall heart health.According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, and in 2013 was responsible for about one in four female deaths. It’s generally thought of as a “man’s disease,” but heart disease affects genders equally in the U.S., and only 54 percent of women recognize that it is their No. 1... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, Gill Heart Institute