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
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New Study Shows Repurposing Leukemia Drugs May Prevent Melanoma Metastasis

Posted: 2/26/2018
Data from a new study led by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers shows that repurposing drugs used to treat leukemia has promise for preventing melanoma metastasis.Published in Science Signaling, the study showed new evidence linking the activation of ABL kinases – cancer-promoting genes – to the secretion of pro-metastatic cathepsins in melanoma. Cathepsins are enzymes that degrade proteins and are highly expressed in cancer cells, resulting in their release into the environment between the cells. These enzymes "chew up" the fibrous matrix around tumors, which allows them to get into the blood stream and lymphatic system and spread around... FULL STORY
Tags: Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, Research

Are Humans 'Smeller Underachievers?' Not So Fast…

Posted: 2/26/2018
Historically speaking, smell is the Rodney Dangerfield of the human senses. A series of scientific mischaracterizations rooted in (of all things) the religious politics of 19th century France and perpetuated by scientists like Sigmund Freud led to widespread acceptance that humans were underachievers in the smelling category. But a growing number of scientists are rewriting the script, advancing the argument that smell has a powerful influence on emotions and behavior. "We all have heard the hypothetical question, 'Would you rather lose your eyesight or your sense of smell?'" said John McGann, an associate professor at Rutgers University. "Most people would rather... FULL STORY
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People Behind Our Research: Sally Ellingson Uses Big Data and Machine

Posted: 2/26/2018
From childhood excellence in art and math, Sally Ellingson has built a robust career in computational drug discovery. The graduate of joint program with the University of Tennessee and Oakridge National Laboratory, Ellingson is an assistant professor of biomedical informatics in the UK College of Medicine and manages high-performance computing for the UK Markey Cancer CenterCancer Research Informatics Shared Resource Facility.A central aim of her research is to increase the accuracy of predicting whether or not a drug will bind to a protein, which is useful across the board of drug development.“With machine learning, you can add biomedical big... FULL STORY
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'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
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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
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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
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