University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto believes it is time "to make death a beggar in Kentucky.” It’s the idea that through world-class research across an array of disciplines, and a commitment to working as partners with communities across the state, some of the most stubborn health challenges and statistics that plague Kentucky can be successfully attacked. On Tuesday, the state General Assembly and Gov.
University of Kentucky women's basketball coach Matthew Mitchell will headline the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Foundation Dinner celebrating great minds on April 23. The event, presented and sponsored by Alltech, will be held at the Lexington Center in downtown Lexington, with more than 700 people expected to attend. Each year, the dinner hosts a guest speaker who is either an example of successful aging or who has a personal connection to Alzheimer’s and age-related diseases. Previous guest speakers have included such well-known figures as Captain Chesley B.

The UK American Medical Association (AMA) Chapter was recently named the winner of the Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Community Service Competition hosted by Region 5 of the AMA Medical Student Section (MSS). Healthy Body, Healthy Mind was a region-wide community service campaign that targeted elementary school children living in urban and rural areas at highest risk of developing obesity and dropping out of school.

The National Cancer Institute recently awarded a two-year, $357,743 grant to University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers to study the role of a certain protein in aggressive cancer metastasis. The lab of Kathleen O'Connor, professor in UK's Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, studies how tumor cells interact with their environment to make cancer more aggressive. Specifically, O'Connor's lab studies a protein called integrin α6β4, a protein that integrates signals from its environment so that cells can respond properly and die off if they are in the wrong context.
The Gill Heart Institute at the University of Kentucky is participating in a multi-center clinical trial of a new medical device that has the potential to improve the outcomes and reduce the incidence of angina for patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). For decades, cardiologists opened blocked coronary arteries using balloons and followed that by implanting stents (mesh-like devices) that act like scaffolds to maintain the patency of the artery. Traditionally, stents are a permanent implant made of metal.
On Saturday, the University of Kentucky Alumni Association presented its 2015 Great Teacher Awards to six recipients at a recognition dinner. The award-winners were then recognized on the court of Rupp Arena during the Kentucky vs. Auburn men’s basketball game. The recipients are: Sameer Desai, College of Medicine, Emergency Medicine Pearl James, College of Arts and Sciences, English W. Brent Seales, College of Engineering, Computer Science Timothy R.B. Taylor, College of Engineering, Civil Engineering Tim L.
UK HealthCare has received approval from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Division of Certificate of Need to add 120 patient beds. The application for the Certificate of Need to increase the number of licensed beds was filed in October 2014 and notice of approval has been received. "This approval allows us to move forward in our strategic plan and further our mission to take care of patients throughout the Commonwealth who need our advanced subspecialty care and destination services," said Dr.

The University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science has awarded 12 pilot grants to support innovative, collaborative research relevant to the health challenges and disparities faced by the nation and the citizens of Kentucky. Such preliminary and proof-of-concept studies are critical to moving basic laboratory findings into clinical applications.

The University of Kentucky is pleased to announce that registrations for the 8th Annual Multicultural Health Careers Open House is now open. This year’s Open House is on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Any high school, undergraduate, or graduate student is encouraged to attend if they are interested in pursuing a health-related program at UK.
The American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), located in Bethesda, Maryland, recently accredited the University of Kentucky Department of Psychiatry's Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program. There are only 27 such ABAM-accredited programs in the U.S. “We are delighted to be recognized for our excellent work in addiction medicine, which emphasizes screening, intervention, and treatment, and makes treatment more readily available to those who need it,” said Dr.
From undergraduate students to graduate students and faculty members, everyone can use some time-saving strategies for library research. A series of workshops presented by University of Kentucky Libraries will help members of the campus community save time and be more effective in their research. The series targets a number of specific topics from basic research skills to scholarly communication issues. The UK Libraries Workshops range from 30 minutes to 90 minutes each. Upcoming workshop offerings are: · "Open Up Your Published Research: Introduction to Open Access," 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb.
The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee Tuesday strongly endorsed legislation that would provide funding for a multi-disciplinary research building on the University of Kentucky campus targeted at the Commonwealth’s most pressing challenges. “Our goal is to make death a beggar in Kentucky,” said UK President Eli Capilouto, who testified before the committee Tuesday morning. The legislation now goes to the full House for consideration. Specifically, the state would fund $132.5 million of the projected $265 million research building. UK would fund the other half.

 It wasn't so long ago that the only imaging available to physicians was an X-ray.  How times have changed.

The term "imaging" now applies to any number of procedures, including MRI, CT scans, sonography, and echocardiography, all of which help physicians diagnose patient illnesses non-invasively. 

As director of the echocardiography lab at the University of Kentucky's Gill Heart Institute, Dr. Mikel Smith excels at the latter. "We like to joke that we take pictures for a living," Dr. Smith says of himself and his team. 

Women spotted in red at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital on Feb. 6 aren't celebrating Valentine's Day early. Rather, they're signifying their support of heart health awareness as part of National Wear Red Day, celebrated on the first Friday of every February, and the inaugural National Wear Red Day Symposium. Sponsored by the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, the symposium brings together UK HealthCare experts from pharmacology and nutrition, cardiology, the Gill Heart Institute, and internal medicine to discuss the impact of heart disease on women.
In the past decade, the number of Kentucky babies starting life with a drug dependency, or neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), has skyrocketed from 1.3 per 1,000 births to 19 per 1,000 births. Just like adults coming off drugs, babies whose mothers used opiate drugs during pregnancy, will suffer from a number of withdrawal symptoms, including tremors and irritability. The most common form of treatment for babies suffering from withdrawal is the opiate morphine, which can hinder brain development during a critical growth period in a baby's life.

The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center has announced that St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center in Huntington, W.Va., is the first member of the Markey Cancer Center Research Network, a newly launched initiative conducting high priority cancer research through a network of collaborative centers with expertise in the delivery of cancer care and conduct of research studies.

Registration is now available for the fifth annual Barnstable Brown Obesity & Diabetes Research Day set for May 20, 2015, at the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion A. The event is sponsored by the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center, Center of Research in Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease and the Nutrition and Oxidative Stress Training. Researchers from the University of Kentucky and other regional institutes will share their current findings and ongoing research about the alarming rise in obesity and diabetes rates.
The number of community health care professionals teaching University of Kentucky students and conducting field research continues to grow every year. Currently, more than 1,900 providers located in the state of Kentucky and abroad serve as community faculty preceptors for UK students. Most of these clinical training experiences occur in Kentucky and are supported through an Area Health Education Center (AHEC).

The University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital was recently ranked as a top-100 hospital with a women's health program by Becker's Hospital Review.

Becker's Hospital Review, a publication covering business and legal information in the health care industry, annually releases a list of the nation's top-100 hospitals offering exceptional women's health services. All hospitals selected for the 2014 list provide outstanding services geared toward women, which include gynecology, obstetrics, women-focused heart care and women-focused cancer care.

Dr. Larry B. Goldstein, a highly acclaimed expert in stroke and related disorders, has been named the next chairman of the Department of Neurology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and co-director of the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute. Goldstein will be joining UK from Duke University where he is professor of neurology and Chief of the Division of Stroke and Vascular Neurology and director of the Duke Stroke Center and an attending neurologist at the Durham VA Medical Center. “We are very pleased to welcome Dr.