'Healthy Hearts for Women' Spotlights Cardiovascular Research

Posted: 2/14/2018
In a society that values gender equality, it's important to remember that there are differences between the sexes that directly impact health.One area in critical need of further study is cardiovascular health. For the past four years, two junior faculty at the University of Kentucky have invested their efforts to host a symposium where outstanding scientists from UK and universities across the country present new scientific advances in women's heart health and explore translational cardiovascular research areas that merit further study.The Fourth Annual Healthy Hearts for Women Symposium, held on Feb. 2, 2018, was the brainchild of Analia Loria and Frédérique... FULL STORY
Tags: Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, Saha Cardiovascular Research Center, Research

Markey Cancer Center Research Day - May 9th, 2018

Posted: 2/5/2018
Markey Cancer Center Research Day is a single-day event showcasing current cancer research projects throughout all disciplines at the University of Kentucky. For the ninth consecutive year, the event is being held at the UK Singletary Center for the Arts.On May 9, 2018, UK researchers – students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty and staff – have the opportunity to share their work in an atmosphere of learning and collaboration through several avenues such as:Poster sessionsOral presentations (invited)LuncheonState of the Cancer Center AddressSusan B. Lester Memorial Lecture, presented by Nancy E. Davidson, MD, Director and Member of the Clinical Research Division... FULL STORY
Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Research

William Stoops Explores the Psychology of Drug Addiction

Posted: 1/29/2018
One undergraduate psychology course changed William Stoops' life.Originally Stoops planned to major in French, but after taking more psychology classes and getting involved in intensive, hands-on research, he decided in his senior year to devote his professional life to the study of the behavioral effects of drugs."I was fascinated by the idea that we can rigorously and scientifically study the effects of drugs," said Stoops. "It's not as simple as somebody is an addict, or someone has a drug use disorder…there's so much more to it, and it's in that nuance where we can identify treatments and interventions."Stoops earned both his master's and doctoral degree at UK, under... FULL STORY
Tags: Behavioral Science, Research

UK Bootcamp Team Member Headed to Innovation Competition in Chicago

Posted: 1/29/2018
The Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship(VACE), part of the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics, announced that one of its Fall 2017 Bootcamp teams, OptiMol Enzymes, has been accepted into the Clean Energy Trust Competition in Chicago, on Feb. 8, 2018. The Clean Energy Trust announced eight of the most innovative and promising student-led cleantech companies in the Midwest as finalists for the Cleantech University Prize (UP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. OptiMol Enzymes is represented by doctoral candidate Corey Brizzee, from the Department of Molecular and Cellular... FULL STORY
Tags: Biochemistry, Research

UK College of Medicine Receives Prestigious Grant to Investigate Vascular

Posted: 1/26/2018
The American Heart Association has awarded a University of Kentucky and Baylor University research partnership $3.7 million to study aortic disease.UK and Baylor were one of four teams nationwide to receive the honor, which coincides with the establishment of the American Heart Association's Vascular Research Disease Network.“Our Association is excited about this newly funded research network, targeting vascular diseases,” said Joey Maggard, executive director of the Lexington Division of the American Heart Association. “The American Heart Association is able to continue to fund such cutting-edge, academic research facility based projects like this one right here in... FULL STORY
Tags: Grants and Funding, Research

Abstracts, Mentor Nominations Being Accepted for CCTS Spring Conference

Posted: 1/25/2018
Abstracts and mentor nominations are now being accepted for the 13th Annual Spring Conference of the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Abstracts are due Monday, March 5, and mentor nominations are due Monday, Feb. 26.The conference will be held Friday, April 13, 2018, at the Lexington Convention Center. The theme is “Opioids: Addressing the Public Health Crisis through Translational Science.” More details are available here.AbstractsThe call for abstracts is open to interested students (undergraduate, graduate, doctoral), faculty, research personnel, trainees/scholars and administrators. It is also open to those in... FULL STORY
Tags: CCTS, Research

You Can Make a Difference by Participating in Research

Posted: 1/17/2018
Health research changes lives. It’s how we learn more about health conditions and make discoveries to improve treatments, care and diagnostics. Every medicine or device we use — from aspirin to pacemakers — was developed through a process of research. But research needs people in order to move forward. All too often, studies are forced to end early or don’t enroll enough participants, which means that many important questions go unanswered.At the University of Kentucky, doctors, nurses and researchers are working diligently to advance discoveries that improve health, and we invite you to join us. You can make a difference by participating in research — you... FULL STORY
Tags: Research

Registration Now Open for the Third International Neurogastronomy Symposium

Posted: 1/16/2018
Registration is now open for the third annual International Society of Neurogastronomy symposium, which will be held at the University of Kentucky on March 2-3, 2018. Both day's events offer continuing education credit.This year's symposium will explore the connection between brain and behavior in the context of food.Luminaries from the worlds of science, nutrition and culinary arts will share their knowledge on a variety of topics, including the psychological influences on eating and behavior, the chemosensory properties of food and how we experience them, the role of food as medicine and the history and evolution of flavor and flavor perception... FULL STORY
Tags: Research

Clinical Trial for Stroke Innovates Patient Care and Research at UK

Posted: 12/21/2017
The combination of a new clinical trial and a tissue bank is innovating stroke care and research at the University of Kentucky. Led by a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and scientists, the studies aim to develop new treatments using existing therapies that protect brain tissue after a stroke, and to learn more about the physiology of the event.The MAVARIC (Magnesium and Verapamil After Recanalization in Ischemia of the Cerebrum) clinical trial leverages existing standards of care and approved drugs to improve how the brain heals following a stroke. The related BACTRAC study is developing a tissue bank of thrombi (stroke-causing clots) and distal and peripheral blood... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, MVP, Stroke

How is UK Moving Up Nationally in Research?

Posted: 12/20/2017
The University of Kentucky is continuing its ascent among the top research institutions in the country.The proof is in the numbers:Between 2015 and 2016, UK moved up three rankings among research institutions as measured by the National Science Foundation in the National Higher Education Research and Development Survey.UK is now 41st among all public institutions with research and development expenditures totaling nearly $350 million.Among all institutions — public and private — UK was 64th in 2016, up five spots in only one year.Although research funding at the federal level has been flat, UK has seen three consecutive years of growth — an annual growth rate of 5.3... FULL STORY
Tags: Research

UK Researchers, Clinicians Tackling Drug Addiction Make Their Case to

Posted: 12/19/2017
Kentucky is among the states most ravaged by opioid abuse and drug addiction.But the University of Kentucky — with researchers and clinicians working across a number of colleges and disciplines — is on the front lines of finding solutions.Leaders from UK Research and UK HealthCare — along with some of the institution’s most prolific researchers — took their stories of hope and challenge to Washington, D.C., recently to make the case with some of the country’s top elected officials about the need to continue federal funding to address drug addiction and abuse.“The scourge of opioid abuse and addiction is wreaking havoc on Kentucky. Addiction is a disease of despair,... FULL STORY
Tags: Opioids, Research

$2.9 Million NIDA Grant Awarded to UK Researcher to Study Cocaine Use

Posted: 11/27/2017
Does reducing the use of cocaine, but not abstaining from the substance entirely, produce health benefits? There's currently little research available that answers that question. William Stoops, Ph.D., professor in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and director of regulatory knowledge and support for the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science, has received a $2.9 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to find more answers.Stoops hopes his research will contribute to the evolving knowledge of treatment for cocaine use disorder (CUD), a substance use disorder that currently has no well-established... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, Behavioral Science