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Over the last six months, videos of 22 biomedical researchers from the University of Kentucky, featured on the national website LabTV, have garnered 324,000 views.

LabTV.com features thousands of researchers working at dozens of leading universities, corporations, and the National Institutes of Health. In these videos medical researchers tell where they came from, how they chose their career, what they do each day in the lab, and why they love it.

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The University of Kentucky College of Medicine recently hosted the eighth annual Postdoctoral Poster Presentation Session where three students received top honors for significant research in diverse medical science subjects. Nineteen posters from the basic and clinical sciences were presented in the atrium of the Biomedical Biological Sciences Research Building in December. The program is designed as a training exercise to prepare postdoctoral students for presenting research at conferences.

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In the late 1990s, Donna Wilcock was exploring electrical activity in the epileptic brain as part of her undergraduate study in England, but her focus took an interesting turn as her studies into brain function deepened. "I began to wonder what, exactly, was going wrong in the brain as people developed dementia? What made them forget things?" said Wilcock.
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UK HealthCare and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have finalized an agreement to partner for pediatric heart care and other services.
Assistant Professor Joe Abisambra, researcher at the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, has demonstrated for the first time that tau impairs protein synthesis — a key component in memory loss. "Though the exact mechanisms leading to memory loss in tauopathies are not yet known, the scientific community has acknowledged for years that in Alzheimer’s disease brains, tau associates with ribosomes, the hub of protein production. " said Abisambra. Ribosomes are our cellular "factories," tasked with making the proteins essential to proper cellular function.
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Reducing excessive medical costs associated with high hospital readmission rates is a pillar of health care reform. From 2007 to 2011, as many as 19 percent of patients in the United States returned to hospitals less than a month after discharge, accounting for an estimated $15 million in preventable hospitalization costs. In an effort to prevent adverse outcomes for chronically ill and aging patients and reduce the burden of cost on the government, Medicare providers have implemented transitional care management programs (TCMs) as a bundled component of Medicare payment plans.
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The University of Kentucky Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is now accepting applications for its 2016 Summer Health Career programs for high school-age students aspiring to enter the health profession. AHEC will host a four-week Summer Enrichment Program on the University of Kentucky campus from June 19 to July 15, 2016. Students accepted into the Summer Enrichment Program will observe and learn from UK faculty members, health professionals and health profession students. Students will attend classes in biology, chemistry and physics.
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Carlos Marin, assistant dean for community and cultural engagement at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been appointed to serve on the board of directors for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The 15-member Board’s role is to uphold the Foundation’s mission of addressing the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians and provide financial and programmatic oversight. At UK Marin is also program director for the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) which includes three primary programs; Health Careers Pipeline, Community Faculty and Student Services.
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In a recent article in the journal Nature Biotechnology, University of Kentucky Assistant Professor Nathan Vanderford and doctoral candidate Heather Norman-Burgdolf describe a course developed to help graduate students and postdoctoral fellows be prepared for the realities of the job market. Every year, doctoral graduates enter the job market in search of tenure-track professorship positions at universities throughout the world. Unfortunately, the number of new Ph.D.
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Five days before Christmas, University of Kentucky researcher Ying Liang, MD, PhD, received what she described as the best gift ever: a letter of notification that she received a prestigious R01 grant, totaling $1.88 million over five years, from the National Institutes of Health. Not only was it her first such award, she scored at the second percentile, an uncommonly high score indicating that her proposal was nearly flawless. A glimpse of her CV and her obvious passion for research render the award somewhat less surprising.
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University of Kentucky Provost Tim Tracy and Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Michael Karpf announced Monday that Dr. Robert DiPaola, director of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Vice Chancellor for Cancer Programs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, has been named dean of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Dr.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 4, 2016) — University of Kentucky Provost Tim Tracy and Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Michael Karpf announced Monday that Dr. Robert DiPaola, director of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Vice Chancellor for Cancer Programs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, has been named dean of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

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Hardin Memorial Health has joined the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Research Network, allowing patients across Central Kentucky to participate in clinical trials in Elizabethtown, officials announced Friday.

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Every day throughout 2015, University of Kentucky physiologist Ken Campbell laced up his running shoes and took off for a 5-kilometer run, regardless of his schedule, plans or location.

Regular running routes were plotted through his neighborhood and around the university’s campus. When traveling on business, he explored new territories and scenery on his runs. He also logged many miles running next to students on treadmills at the Johnson Center. Nothing stopped Campbell from completing a "5K a day." 

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Dr. Gregory Bix has been given honorary status in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Bix will be an honorary clinical lecturer in the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology. His appointment will expire in 2020. Bix, an associate professor in the University of Kentucky's Departments of Neurology, Anatomy and Neurobiology, and the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, is also the director of the Center for Advanced Translational Stroke Science and the Paul G. Blazer, Jr. Endowed Professor of Stroke Research. According to Dr. Larry B.
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University of Kentucky researcher Bradley Taylor recently received a five-year, $3 million research grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to better understand the physiological mechanisms of chronic pain. For many patients recovering from an injury, pain disappears after the injury heals, but for others, pain persists for months, years or even decades.
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UK HealthCare's Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (KNI) has been re-designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) by The Joint Commission (TJC) and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. UK HealthCare was first designated a CSC in 2014. It is one of 96 U.S. institutions — and the only one in Lexington — with CSC-designation.
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Shriners Hospitals for Children and UK Healthcare celebrated an important milestone in the construction of the $47 million Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center (SHCMC) on Tuesday — the “topping out” of the new building. Construction began March 9, 2015, on the five-story medical center located at the corner of Conn Terrace and South Limestone, on the UK HealthCare campus across from the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital. “Topping out” is the construction term used to indicate that the final steel beam is being placed on the building.
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UK HealthCare's Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (KNI) has been re-designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) by The Joint Commission (TJC) and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. UK HealthCare was first designated a CSC in 2014. It is one of 96 U.S. institutions — and the only one in Lexington — with CSC-designation.