"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

Behind the Blue: Conversation With College of Medicine Dean DiPaola

Posted: 11/16/2016
In the spring of 2016, the University of Kentucky hired Dr. Robert DiPaola as the new dean for the UK College of Medicine. He had previously been the director of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and vice chancellor for cancer programs at the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Center.At Rutgers, DiPaola was responsible for all research, clinical and administrative activities of a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and led the successful renewal of their NCI designation in 2011. During his tenure there, he oversaw an increase in external research funding to more than $100 million annually.DiPaola now takes over a... FULL STORY
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Markesbery Symposium Focuses on Healthy Brain Aging, Care for Caregivers

Posted: 11/9/2016
University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) hosted its sixth annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia last week with speakers focused on brain health and self-care for caregivers. The two-day program offered sessions for both scientific and community audiences. On Friday, Nov. 4, the scientific session in the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A auditorium featured speakers Dr. Gary Small of UCLA and Dr. Julie Schneider of Rush University, who presented their latest findings and answered questions from the audience. Schneider provided an overview of her observations that, there are brain changes in addition to the well-characterized... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, Aging

Gill Heart Institute Cardiovascular Research Day Presents Scientific

Posted: 11/7/2016
Clinicians and basic scientists convened to discuss challenges, triumphs and future directions in cardiovascular disease research during the 19th Annual Gill Heart Institute Cardiovascular Research Day on Nov. 4. Hosted by the UK Gill Heart Institute, the annual research day showcased scientific advancement in understanding and treating the various diseases of the blood vessels and heart. Topics presented at the conference ranged from identifying genomic markers correlated with heart disease to urging members of the public to put CPR training to action during an emergency. Burgeoning scientists and trainees throughout the region were provided the opportunity to... FULL STORY
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Getchell Memorial Award Honors Graduate Scientist's Persistence in

Posted: 11/3/2016
The second annual Thomas V. Getchell, Ph.D., Memorial Award for excellence in grant writing was presented to Jenna Gollihue, a graduate student in the University of Kentucky Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center, on Nov. 2. The award honors the memory of Getchell, a former professor of physiology in the UK Department of Physiology who encouraged researchers to improve grant writing skills to acquire research funding. The award supports a travel stipend for a student participating in the annual Grant Writing Workshop. Getchell founded the Grant Writing Workshop in 2005 with a vision to provide proactive, individualized mentoring to medical, doctoral and post... FULL STORY
Tags: Awards and Recognition, Research

Women in Medicine and Science Hold Annual Visiting Professor Program

Posted: 11/3/2016
Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine will hold its second annual Visiting Professor Program on Thursday, Nov. 3 at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Pavilion A. Dr. Claire Pomeroy is the featured speaker. “A Day with Claire Pomeroy” will begin at 7 a.m. with a continental breakfast. Symposium I, “Creating a Healthier World by Addressing Social Determinants of Health,” will begin at 7:30 a.m. During the rest of the morning, there will be two breakout sessions: “Diversity and Inclusivity, Unconscious Bias” and “Your Digital Presence.” Symposium II, “Women and Medicine in Science: Building an Inclusive Culture,” will begin at... FULL STORY
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Posted: 9/30/2016
The NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) on Obesity and Cardiovascular Diseases, in collaboration with the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS) announce the availability of limited funds to support pilot projects focused on research examining obesity-associated diseases (cardiovascular, diabetes, others). These pilot grants are intended to assist investigators new to this area of research to generate sufficient data to be competitive for extramural funding. Funding Amount:Individual project awards, up to $50,000 in direct costs only will be made on a competitive basis which must be spent over 12 months.Eligibility:Eligibility is... FULL STORY
Tags: Grant Proposals