February 25, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 25, 2021) — Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are not only life-threatening at the time of the event, but they can also lead to secondary complications and loss of function in sensory and motor systems. Researchers at the University of Kentucky recently published a unique study focusing on SCIs in eNeuro.

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November 11, 2020

Veterans Day is a time to recognize individuals who have made the honorable decision to protect our country's freedom through military service. Below, we are honoring four of our of our very own faculty members and learners who have served our country, are serving our country, or are committed to serving our country in the most selfless of ways - through the military and in health care. 

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November 2, 2020

The Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC), in collaboration with the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences, has selected five undergraduate students for the inaugural African American Research Training Scholars (AARTS) program.

October 9, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 9, 2020) — Allan Butterfield, a professor of biological chemistry in the University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences, has been named among the world’s leading Alzheimer’s disease experts by Expertscape, an online base of biomedical expertise.

August 6, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 6, 2020) — For a couple of years now members of the University of Kentucky Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC), in collaboration with UK College of Arts and Sciences, have been working to increase the representation of Black undergraduate students in neuroscience.

July 21, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 21, 2020) — A $3.2 million grant will support University of Kentucky College of Medicine research that could pave the way for a treatment for traumatic brain injury (TBI).

October 1, 2019

A new study by researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences and College of Medicine is featured in Nature Communications this week.

Sandeep Saxena, Hemendra Vekaria, Patrick Sullivan and Ashley Seifert are authors on the paper "Connective tissue fibroblasts from highly regenerative mammals are refractory to ROS-induced cellular senescence." The paper offers new insights into how cells from certain mammals — African spiny mice and rabbits — respond to stress and regenerate injured tissue. 

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January 24, 2019

Regeneration is one of the most enticing areas of biological research. How are some animals able to regrow body parts? Is it possible that humans could do the same? If scientists could unlock the secrets that confer those animals with this remarkable ability, the knowledge could have profound significance in clinical practice down the road.  

Scientists at the University of Kentucky have taken this concept one step closer to reality, announcing today that they have assembled the genome of the axolotl, a salamander whose only native habitat is a lake near Mexico City.

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April 18, 2018

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been a hot topic of late as soldiers return from the battlefield and football players from the gridiron with debilitating injuries.

To date, treatment for TBI has been limited because the underlying mechanisms that cause brain damage are still poorly understood. Recently, however, science has shown increased interest in exploring ways to prompt the brain to heal itself after injury, or perhaps even protect itself as the injury occurs.

March 28, 2018
Dr. Miller was recently awarded a career development award from the CCTS entitled: Reducing Pathological Macrophage Activation and White Matter Injury in Neonatal Intraventricular Hemorrhage This project is designed to examine the time course of neuroinflammation after neonatal intraventricular hemorrhage and tests new anti-inflammatory compounds in this disease. This project also utilizes behavioral testing that has not been applied to this injury model and will examine white matter pathology several weeks after injury.
March 23, 2018
S. Randal Voss, Primary Faculty Member of SCoBIRC and the Department of Neuroscience received an award from the Department of Defense entitled: "Identifying Epigenetic Mechanisms that Connect Limb Development and Regeneration with the Genomic Landscape." The objective of the project is to identify, compare, and validate DNA sequences that regulate transcription during salamander limb development and regeneration. Click here for additional information about research in the Voss lab.
March 22, 2018
Dr. Brandon Miller, a pediatric neurosurgeon and clinician scientists with a laboratory in SCoBIRC was featured in "Making the Rounds". He treats patients of all ages who have brain and spine injuries or problems.
March 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.

February 28, 2018
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January 26, 2018

According to a paper recently published in Cell Reports, labs from Case Western Reserve and the University of Kentucky's Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC) were able to demonstrate the existence of a parallel neural network that could potentially restore diaphragm function after spinal cord injury.

This ghost network operates entirely separate from the brain, which has long been considered the only organ capable of directing respiratory function, and appears able to instruct the diaphragm to contract when properly activated. 

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June 22, 2017
A team of University of Kentucky researchers recently discovered that macrophages, a type of immune cell that clears debris at injury sites during normal wound healing and helps produce scar tissue, are required for complex tissue regeneration in mammals.
November 16, 2016

John Gensel, an assistant professor in the physiology department and the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center, and two members of his lab team—Bei Zhang and Taylor Otto—are featured in this podcast.

Taylor Otto, an undergraduate lab assistant in Gensel’s lab, described UK as being the full package. “We have it all here. It’s a good program to be able to come into, not really knowing what you want to exactly do in the science field, but being able to figure it out at the same time,” said Otto.

November 4, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 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.

July 25, 2016
In ivory towers all over the world, experts ponder the factors that foster career success and overall well-being in their college graduates. Gallup tried to answer the same question. In a 2014 poll of more than 30,000 graduates, the polling juggernaut tried to find connections between the college experience and long-term career and personal "wellness." In other words: did graduates feel they had achieved personal and career success?
June 7, 2016

In the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCOBIRC) at the University of Kentucky, Adam Bachstetter’s lab studies how glial cells in the brain interact with neurons to support brain health. Bachstetter and Danielle Lyons, a postdoctoral scholar in his lab, recently shared their stories with LabTV.