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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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$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
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Markey Awarded NCI Funding to Improve Tobacco Cessation Treatment

Posted: 11/20/2017
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center is one of 22 cancer centers nationwide to receive funding to build and implement tobacco cessation treatment programs via the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Center Cessation Initiative (CCCI).In 2017, NCI launched the Cancer Center Cessation Initiative as part of the NCI Cancer Moonshot℠ program. Through this initiative, Markey will receive $253,000 over the next year to help enhance the delivery of tobacco cessation treatments through four major efforts:Refining electronic medical records and clinical workflows to ensure the systematic identification and documentation of smokers and the routine... FULL STORY
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Gill Heart Institute Cardiovascular Research Day Highlights Innovations in

Posted: 11/20/2017
More than 350 researchers, students and guests attended the 20th University of Kentucky Cardiovascular Research Day at the Lexington Convention Center, an annual event that celebrates the innovative research in cardiovascular health.After opening remarks by Alan Daugherty, Ph.D., director of UK's Saha Cardiovascular Research Center and Dr. Mark Newman, UK Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, several distinguished speakers presented their research. Dr. Calum MacRae of Harvard Medical School presented "Bridging the Gaps in Cardiovascular Translation." Steven Houser, Ph.D., of Temple University presented, "Cardiac Repair and Injury."John Charles, Ph.D... FULL STORY
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UK's Successful Research Career Development Program Receives Renewed

Posted: 11/20/2017
University of Kentucky's Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) program has not only supported faculty and researchers in their work, but also jump-started careers, aided in the publication of research and helped forge partnerships and mentorships across disciplines.Created in 2000 and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) under the National Institute of Health (NIH), a new five-year, $2.5 million grant will continue UK's tradition of excellence in mentoring young scholars to become independent researchers if the field of women's health. Of the 24 active BIRCWH programs nationwide, UK is only one of two institutions to have... FULL STORY
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'The Defamation Experience': Challenging Preconceived Notions

Posted: 11/14/2017
The University of Kentucky Unconscious Bias Initiative is working to incorporate the understanding of unconscious bias to foster an environment where every member of the UK community feels a sense of belonging. Numerous sessions have been held locally and throughout the state for faculty, staff and students to expose themselves to the concept of unconscious bias and to learn how to mitigate the impact of unconscious thoughts. To that end, the UK Unconscious Bias Initiative, the UK Martin Luther King Center and the UK Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives are sponsoring a special event — "The Defamation Experience" — for the entire UK community... FULL STORY
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UK Center for Health Services Research Collaborates with Health

Posted: 11/2/2017
The National Institutes of Health recently awarded the University of Kentucky Center for Health Services Research (CHSR) funding to study the adoption of syringe exchange programs in rural communities in the Appalachian region of Kentucky. Rates of opioid use disorder and injection drug use have risen significantly in Kentucky, especially in rural communities. The serious health consequences of injection drug use include the spread of the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and HIV infection. Kentucky is home to eight of the ten counties in the nation the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified as most vulnerable to an outbreak of HIV. CHSR's focus on community-... FULL STORY
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