From left to right: Dr. Rachel Wilson, Lisa Williams, Renee Gallagher, and LeAnn Barber

Burnout is a problem in any profession, but it is rampant in health care. This national problem has been evident recently as the COVID-19 pandemic pushed many learners, practitioners, faculty, and staff to the limit.

Hubbard Lab members.

The University of Kentucky has been awarded a prestigious Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant to study central nervous system metabolism from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The $10.6 million, five-year grant will fund UK’s Center of Research in Central Nervous System Metabolism (CNS-Met). 

Zhihui Zhu, PhD, (left) and Erhard Bieberich, PhD, (right) working at a lab computer

A team of researchers at the University of Kentucky has found that a drug used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) is potentially effective as a therapy for Alzheimer’s disease.

Stock photo of woman on computer

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is excited to announce that faculty, staff, learners, and trainees will have free access to a leading online resource for medical Spanish proficiency.

CanopyLearn, a Spanish language training program for health care professionals, will be available to the UK College of Medicine community starting Aug. 1.

Anthony DeSana holding a cake that says "Congratulations Dr. DeSana!"

On Wednesday, July 19, 2023 Anthony DeSana successfully defended his dissertation and earned his doctoral degree in physiology. Congratulations Dr. DeSana!

  Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury on the Intestinal Tract and Gut Microbiome

 

Headshot of Dr. Na'Tasha Evans

Na’Tasha Evans, PhD, MEd, is a researcher, published author, champion for female empowerment, and our new vice dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Learn more about her goals, her past work, and more in the following Q&A.

Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in research? 

Confocal images of cochlear epithelia (P4) at low magnification in wild-type (top) and Trpa1–/– (bottom) littermates showing PLAP immunolabeling (red) and counterstaining of F-actin with phalloidin (green). The images were kindly provided by Drs. Kevin Kwan and David Corey.
Faculty at the promotion ceremony

Congratulations to the following basic science and clinical faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine! These individuals were honored with promotions and tenure in fiscal year 2023.

Names are organized alphabetically by department.

Anesthesiology

Sarah Jean Hall, MD, PhD
Associate Professor

air quality index

This week, communities across the Midwest and eastern parts of the U.S. are experiencing the effects of smoke from wildfires in Canada. Parts of Kentucky reached unhealthy levels in the air quality index (AQI).

Flora accepting award

Yueh-Yin (Flora) Chen, a visiting graduate student in the Lee lab, received the “John Widdicombe Award” for the best presentation chosen from 12 selected oral presentations given by clinical fellows, postdoc, and graduate students at the ninth American Cough Conference (Washington DC, June 9-10). 

Costaining of AGT and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) in cultured HepG2 cells transducted with AAV.loop/βsheet-Mut. Scale bar, 10 μm.

Originally Published June 22, 2023: www.ahajournals.org

Ethan Glaser holding a cake that says "Congratulations Dr Glaser!"

On Tuesday, June 6, 2023 Ethan Glaser successfully defended his dissertation and earned his doctoral degree in physiology. Congratulations Dr. Glaser!

 

Clinical and Biological Factors Determine Spinal Cord Injury Outcomes: Liquor to Lipids

 

Alan Daugherty in the lab

A University of Kentucky research scientist studying ways to repair damaged major vessels with medication rather than surgery has received the American Heart Association Merit Award.

Kathryn Saatman, PhD, holding her award.

The University of Kentucky Office of Undergraduate Research recently honored four professors for their dedication to mentoring with the Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentor Award during the 17th annual Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars.

Dr. Na'Tasha Evans

Following an extensive national search and interviews with highly qualified individuals, the College of Medicine is excited to welcome Na’Tasha Evans, PhD, MEd, as the new vice dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and associate professor in the department of behavioral science.

Dr. John Gensel

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is excited to announce that it has named John Gensel, PhD, the director of the UK Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC).

Alan Daugherty giving a presentation at a podium

A University of Kentucky expert in cardiovascular health is being honored for his role in leading one of the American Heart Association's journals.

Undergraduates selected for the 2023 Commonwealth Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) Fellowship program

The University of Kentucky Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is honored to announce that 20 undergraduates have been selected for the 2023 Commonwealth Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) Fellowship program.

Donald Frazier and students in the UK Science Outreach Center, holding a human brain, spinal cord, lungs and heart.

Don Frazier is so passionate about physiology that he has been spreading his love of science through education outreach for much of his life.

Originally Published April 14, 2023: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10565-023-09806-9