Cardiovascular Research Day Features Science From Regional, National

Posted: 9/26/2018
Last week, more than 200 faculty, staff, and trainees from across the nation attended the Gill Heart & Vascular Institute's Cardiovascular Research Day to share the latest research on cardiovascular health. The event, in its 21st year, showcased the research of postdoctoral fellows, students, and faculty, much of it focused on the prevention or reversal of cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks and strokes. This year’s event featured two judged poster sessions; four trainee presentations; a research blitz of one-minute research presentations and faculty oral presentations from distinguished alumni Gregory Graf, PhD, Professor in the University of... FULL STORY
Tags: Saha Awards, Research

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

UK HealthCare Physicians Are Named to 2017-18 Best Doctors in America

Posted: 3/26/2018
UK HealthCare has more than 130 physicians practicing medicine with University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital who appear on the Best Doctors in America List for 2017-18 — more than any other hospital in Kentucky. Only four percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor, decided by impartial peer review. The experts who are part of the Best Doctors in America database provide the most advanced medical expertise and knowledge to patients with serious conditions – often saving lives in the process by finding the right diagnosis and right treatment. 2017-18 UK HealthCare Best... FULL STORY
Tags: Ranking, Faculty, Clinical, UK HealthCare

Predicting How Healthy Your Heart Will be Years Down the Road

Posted: 10/17/2017
Picture this: you're battling heart failure and meeting with your doctor to discuss treatment. Before prescribing anything, the doctor pulls up a virtual model of your heart on her computer and "treats" it with several drugs. A few moments later, she can see how your heart is doing five years down the road.Your doctor chooses the treatment with the best long-term outcome, and you live a longer and healthier life.Two University of Kentucky researchers are working to make this experience a reality for the 5.7 million adults in the U.S. with heart failure.Combining physiology and engineering, UK's Kenneth Campbell and Jonathan Wenk are developing... FULL STORY
Tags: Physiology, Research

Achieving Health Equity: Tools for a National Campaign Against Racism is

Posted: 9/12/2017
Epidemiologist Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones will present the next installment of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series, "Achieving Health Equity: Tools for a National Campaign Against Racism."Jones is research director on social determinants of health and equity for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  She is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impact of racism on the health and well-being of the nation.She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high-quality health care but also attention to the social determinants of... FULL STORY
Tags: DDLS, Research

UK Student Co-Authors Paper on Recruiting Blacks/African-Americans for

Posted: 8/31/2017
In a paper published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, lead author Eseosa Ighodaro, Ph.D., encouraged fellow researchers to address the challenges associated with studying dementia in Blacks/African-Americans. The paper, co-authored by researchers at the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, the University of Washington, Rice University and Rush University Medical Center, is a clear-eyed look at the barriers that hinder minority recruitment for dementia research and the misconceptions that potentially distort research outcomes through unintended bias. "This study helps to identify problems in dementia-related research that are both... FULL STORY
Tags: Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, Students

"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

Future Physicians Participating in Global Health Challenge Video

Posted: 4/7/2017
Three first-year medical students from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine who have a passion for expanding health care access have produced an original and creative video, “Nosotros Para Vosotros,” meaning “Us for You” that explains the health care needs of underserved populations at home and around the world. Their video entry is part of a nationwide competition with the winning entry receiving the opportunity to work with Timmy Global Health, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit that expands access to health care and empowers students and volunteers to tackle today’s most pressing global health challenges.Several months ago, Connor Appelman,... FULL STORY
Tags: Medical Education, Global Health

UK Celebrates its 2017 Great Teacher Award Winners

Posted: 3/1/2017
Six University of Kentucky educators were named recipients of the UK Alumni Association 2017 Great Teacher Award Tuesday night.The recipients are:Richard Andreatta, College of Health Sciences - Communication Sciences and DisordersGitanjali Pinto-Sinai, College of Dentistry - Restorative DentistryJeff Reese, College of Education - Educational, School and Counseling PsychologyMichelle Sizemore, College of Arts and Sciences - EnglishNathan Vanderford, College of Medicine - Toxicology and Cancer BiologySherali Zeadally, College of Communication and Information - Information ScienceAward recipients were honored at the UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award Recognition... FULL STORY
Tags: Great Teachers Award, Toxicology and Cancer Biology

Al-Siraj’s Sex Chromosome Study Published in Circulation

Posted: 12/15/2016
Yasir Al-Siraj, a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, is the lead author of a paper published in Circulation, a leading journal on cardiovascular medicine. The article, “Female Mice with an XY Sex Chromosome Complement Develop Severe Angiotensin II-Induced Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms,” was co-authored by UK colleagues Sean E. Thatcher, Richard Charnigo, Kuey Chen, Eric Blalock, Alan Daugherty and Lisa Cassis.Al-Siraj said about Circulation, “It is very respected in the scientific community, and this journal has only an 8 percent acceptance rate, with a bias towards clinical studies. So... FULL STORY

Alzheimer's Association Awards $1 Million Grant to UK Sanders-Brown

Posted: 12/9/2016
Linda Van Eldik, director of the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, was awarded a "Part the Cloud" translational research grant from the Alzheimer's Association. This two-year, $997,738 grant will fund early clinical trials for a promising new treatment for Alzheimer's disease. Currently, Van Eldik’s team is exploring brain inflammation's role in nerve cell damage as a first step in identifying opportunities to suppress detrimental inflammatory molecules. "Brain inflammation is now recognized as an important driver of neurodegenerative disease progression and we desperately need new selective anti-inflammatory drugs to be tested in humans," said... FULL STORY
Tags: Alzheimer's research, Research

Sanders-Brown Named Site for Landmark NIH Grant

Posted: 12/6/2016
The University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) has been selected to participate in a multicenter, landmark $3.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to identify biomarkers for vascular cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID). UK was one of just seven sites selected for the five-year NIH's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) grant. The other sites are Boston University, Rush University, Johns Hopkins, University of Southern California, UCSF/UC-Davis and the University of New Mexico. The awards establish the new national Small Vessel VCID Biomarkers Consortium. "We're thrilled to be collaborating with... FULL STORY
Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Research, Aging