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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 Noon. The afternoon breakout sessions will focus on: “How to Give and Receive Back” and “Negotiating on the Job.”

The Symposia are open to the entire medical community. The breakout sessions are open to the WIMS membership.

Pomeroy is president of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. She serves as chief executive officer of the Foundation and is responsible for advancing the Foundation's mission to "improve health by accelerating support for medical research through recognition of research excellence, public education and advocacy.”

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Tags: Women in Medicine
 

UK Researcher Leads International Epilepsy Cure Initiative

Posted: 8/1/2016
University of Kentucky College of Medicine Professor Matthew Gentry will direct a team international scientists recently awarded a five-year, $8.5 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to pursue a cure for Lafora’s disease. The International Epilepsy Cure Center based at the UK College of Medicine’s Department of Molecular Medicine and... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, Biochemistry,  Epilepsy
 

UK Virologist Becky Dutch Explores the Varying Nature of Viruses

Posted: 2/23/2016
From Zika to Ebola, the emerging viruses of the 21st century pose a threat to populations throughout the world as silent invaders of the human body. While viruses infect most people multiple times a year with varying degrees of severity and symptoms, no two viruses function in exactly the same way.For University of Kentucky virologist Becky Dutch... FULL STORY
Tags: Biochemistry, Research
 

Dr. Gentry Receives Thomas Maciag Award

Thomas Maciag Award Gentry Posted: 6/20/2014 - Tags: Thomas Maciag Award, Awards and Recognition, Gentry
Dr. Matthew Gentry, associate professor of molecular and cellular biochemistry, has been named the recipient of the prestigious Thomas Maciag Award from the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Research Resources. Dr. Gentry received this honor in recognition of his many research accomplishments focused on understanding glucan phosphatases in neurological disease and in plant biofuels research.This is the third time that the Maciag Award, given every two years, has honored an investigator from UK's Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in the Molecular Basis of Human Disease, and the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. Dr. Haining Zhu... FULL STORY

UK Researchers Decode Activity of Starch Modifying Enzyme to Provide

Posted: 6/12/2014
Scientists at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine have gained a new understanding of an enzyme essential for breaking down plant starch, a process used in agriculture, manufacturing and biotechnology. Dr. Matthew Gentry and Dr. Craig Vander Kooi, associate professors of molecular and cellular biochemistry at the University of Kentucky, and graduate student David Meekins, have decoded the natural process plants use to break down starch. Their discovery will lead to more environmentally friendly and cost-efficient methods of processing starch, with significant applications for agriculture and biotechnology. Their findings were reported May 20 in the... FULL STORY

Markey, LLS Host Third Annual 'Meet the Researchers Day'

Posted: 4/17/2014 - Tags: Markey Cancer Center
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society hosted their third annual "Meet the Researchers Day" on Tuesday. Meet the Researchers Day is a field trip given as a prize to two schools in the region who successfully raise more than $1,000 for the LLS's Pennies for Patients campaign. This year, students from Meece Middle School (MMS) in Somerset, Ky., and Lexington Traditional Magnet School (LTMS) won the opportunity to visit the Biomedical/Biological Sciences Research Building (BBSRB) on UK's campus and learned more about how the money they raised for Pennies for Patients will help further cancer research. After a formal... FULL STORY

BCH PhD student Meets with Congressional Representative

Posted: 4/3/2014
BCH PhD student Meets with Congressional Representative at Capitol Hill Days Biochemistry doctoral student, Sarah Martin, met with U.S. Representatives and Senators and congressional staffers at the ASBMB-sponsored Capitol Hill Day on April 1st.  Sarah, pictured with Kentucky Representative Andy Barr (center) and fellow graduate student, Ryan Donohue, from the Mayo Clinic (left) discussed the current federal funding climate, STEM education, immigration reform and her personal experiences with congressional members.  Sarah was one of twenty young scientists chosen from a nationwide pool by the ASBMB to participate in this event.

Silent Auction Benefits Shoulder to Shoulder Clinic in Ecuador

Posted: 4/2/2014 - Tags: Medical Education, Auction
The University of Kentucky Chapter of the International Federation of Medical Student Associations (IFMSA) will host the 10th annual Art of Healing silent auction on Wednesday, April 2. The auction will be held in Biological and Biomedical Sciences Research Building (BBSRB) atrium from noon to 5 p.m. Winning bidders may pick up their art from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The auction items feature the handiwork of local and international artists and current students, including pottery, paintings, wood carvings, and accessories. Proceeds from the art auction benefit the Shoulder to Shoulder clinic in Ecuador. Shoulder to Shoulder, an initiative supported by many of the... FULL STORY

Bastos-Carvalho Receives Bayer Grant

Posted: 1/13/2014 - Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, 490
Ana Bastos-Carvalho, a visiting scholar in the Ambati research group in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, received the Global Ophthalmology Research Award from Bayer HealthCare for her research, "Mechanisms of geographic atrophy expansion in age-related macular degeneration." http://www.bayer-ophthalmology-awards.com/html/b-about-c.html “We are studying age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the disease responsible for most cases of legal blindness in the American elderly population”, Bastos-Carvalho said. “The project awarded by Bayer focuses on unraveling how AMD progresses, which will hopefully... FULL STORY

Creating a Culture of Collaboration for Research at UK and Beyond

Posted: 1/10/2014 - Tags: CCTS, 490, Center for Clinical and Translational Science
There's a proverb in the business world that says, "If you don’t know, hire someone who does." In the world of translational research, the saying might go like something this: "If you don't have the expertise or resources, collaborate with someone who does." The nature of translational science -- the process of turning a basic science discovery into applications for human patients -- is inherently multidimensional. Moving from the "bench to bedside" is a process that runs the gamut of biomedical research, incorporating laboratory and animal studies, clinical trials, drug and device development, regulatory issues, grant writing and more. Each step requires... FULL STORY

UK's Arts In Healthcare Program Announces Holiday Programming

Posted: 12/2/2013 - Tags: Arts in Healthcare
Everyone wants to be home for the holidays. Unfortunately, hospital patients don't have that luxury. For those who are unable to enjoy the comforts of a holiday at home, the UK Arts in Healthcare program has scheduled a series of events to help bring the holidays to the hospital. Carolers, pianists, harpists and more will bring holiday cheer to patients, visitors and staff in December. Of particular note: UK HealthCare's own Dr. Jay Zwischenberger will be performing at 1 p.m., Dec. 12, in the Pavilion A of UK Chandler Hospital. Carolers from Deep Springs Elementary School will be performing at noon, Dec.13, Pavilion A of UK Chandler Hospital. Carolers from the... FULL STORY

Alzheimer’s Disease Trial at UK is First of its Kind Worldwide

Posted: 12/2/2013 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Alzheimer's research
A new clinical trial being conducted at the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) and the UK Alzheimer’s Disease Center (ADC) may signal new hope in the future for those who might be afflicted with the devastating disease. Taking laboratory research pioneered at SBCoA and the associated UK ADC into human trials, the federally-funded research project will examine the therapeutic potential of microRNAs to delay or prevent Alzheimer’s disease.Led by physician-scientist Dr. Gregory Jicha, and building off of the work of fellow SBCoA physician-scientist Dr. Peter Nelson, the project, formally titled “Modulation of micro-RNA pathways by... FULL STORY

Dr. Ronan Tynan to Speak, Perform at Sanders-Brown Dinner Nov. 11

Posted: 11/5/2013 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, 490, Invited Speaker Seminar
Singer, physician, athlete and inspirational speaker Dr. Ronan Tynan is no stranger to adversity. When Tynan was 20, his legs had to be amputated below the knee after an auto accident caused serious complications. Just weeks after the operation, he was climbing up the steps of his college dorm, and within a year, he was winning gold medals in the Paralympics as a multitalented athlete. Between 1981 and 1984, Tynan amassed 18 gold medals and 14 world records, of which he still holds nine. Trained as a physician, Tynan began his remarkable singing career through formal music study at the age of 33, achieving great success as a member of the famed Irish Tenors prior to... FULL STORY

Ambati Receives Junius-Kuhnt Award

Posted: 11/1/2013 - Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, professor and vice chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, received the Junius-Kuhnt Award from the University of Bonn in Hamburg, Germany, for his group's outstanding work and commitment to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) research. The Junius-Kuhnt Award honors physicians and scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the study and treatment of AMD, and has been awarded annually since 2007 at “Makula Update,” an annual congress of German retina specialists. This award is named after the German ophthalmologists Paul Junius and Kuhnt Hermann who, at... FULL STORY

UK HealthCare Named ‘Rising Star’ Hospital by University HealthSystem

Posted: 10/18/2013 - Tags: UK HealthCare, Clinical
University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), an alliance of the nation’s leading nonprofit academic medical centers, has named UK HealthCare among the 2013 recipients of the Rising Star Award during the UHC Annual Conference 2013 in Atlanta. The award recognizes significant improvements in ranking in UHC’s annual Quality and Accountability Study, which identifies exemplary performance in patient safety, mortality, clinical effectiveness, and equity of care. UK HealthCare has not only shown improvement from previous years, it has the highest jump in rankings in UHC’s history with a Quality and Accountability Ranking of 12th among the nation's 118 academic medical... FULL STORY