Kyprianou to be Inducted to Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars

Posted: 3/21/2013
Professor Natasha Kyprianou, the James F. Hardymon Chair in Urologic Research at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been elected to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. The society was established in May 1967 by the trustees of the University to honor former Johns Hopkins postdoctoral fellows and junior or visiting faculty, who have subsequently achieved marked distinction in their field. Kyprianou was a postdoctoral fellow in Urologic Oncology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, from 1987-1990. Kyprianou is a professor of urology, molecular and cellular biochemistry, pathology and toxicology. A leading investigator in... FULL STORY
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Health Career Enrichment Camp Applications Now Being Accepted

Posted: 3/6/2013
The 2013 Health Career Enrichment Camp sponsored by the University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health and the Southeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center will be held June 12 – 25, 2013, in Hazard. Participants will learn about a variety of health careers, have hands-on activities and participate in job shadowing with healthcare professionals. This camp is for incoming freshman and sophomores in high schools in the following counties: Breathitt, Knott, Letcher, Leslie, Perry and Harlan. Please visit the website to download a camp brochure, application and recommendation form: FULL STORY
Tags: Center of Excellence in Rural Health, Rural Health

UK Researchers Speak Out: Sequester Will Squelch Scientists-in-Training

Posted: 2/26/2013
“From the standpoint of training the next generation of highly skilled professors, industrial scientists, people to work in government laboratories, people to advance our understanding of disease and advance the next generation of therapies, it will be profoundly devastating for this generation of students.” That’s the message University of Kentucky physiologist Michael B. Reid conveys in a University of Kentucky video on the impact of sequestration — automatic cuts in research and other government spending — due to take effect March 1. Reid and UK colleagues Suzanne Weaver Smith in mechanical engineering and John Anthony in chemistry join academics across the... FULL STORY
Tags: Physiology

Study: p38beta MAPK Not Critical to Brain Inflammation

Posted: 2/18/2013
A study by a leading Alzheimer's researcher at the University of Kentucky provides new evidence that will help researchers home in on the molecular mechanisms involved in inflammation of the central nervous system (CNS) and aid drug-development strategies for treating inflammatory neurological diseases. The research was led by Linda Van Eldik, director of UK's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, and included co-authors Bin Xing and Adam Bachstetter from the Van Eldik lab. The study demonstrated that the beta isoform of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) has no apparent effect on inflammatory cytokine response and neurotoxicity in brain-cell cultures or in the... FULL STORY
Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Alzheimer's research

CCTS Pilot Funding Applications Now Open

Posted: 1/29/2013
The University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is now accepting CCTS Pilot Applications for 2013. The letter of intent deadline will be Feb. 18, with the committee decision for full application request set on March 18. Application receipt deadlines for all awards will be April 22, with funding decisions announced by May 27. Investigators at all stages of career development, junior, middle level, and senior are eligible to apply to the following categories of awards: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARD: Applications are encouraged from investigators using Community Engagement methodologies. Priority will be given applications involving UK... FULL STORY
Tags: CCTS, Grants and Funding

Summer Programs Prepare Students for Medical/Dental Careers

Posted: 1/22/2013
High school seniors and college students interested in pursuing careers as physicians or dentists are eligible to participate in summer programs at the University of Kentucky offered through its Professional Education Preparation Program. The UK PEPP Scholars Summer Program, designed for students from medically underserved areas, is open to high school seniors. The PEPP II Medical and Dental School Preparation Program is open to students who have completed at least two years of college. Selected participants will stay on the UK campus, interacting with UK physicians and dentists, and participating in weekly hospital rotations, health seminars and other... FULL STORY
Tags: Undergraduate Medical Education

UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health Recognizes National Rural Health

Posted: 12/4/2012
The University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH) recognized National Rural Health Day with the support of Gov. Steve Beshear, who proclaimed Nov. 15 as Rural Health Day in Kentucky to coincide with the national day of recognition. The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) established National Rural Health Day to increase awareness of rural health-related issues and promote the efforts of State Offices of Rural Health and their partners in addressing rural health care concerns. The UK CERH serves as the federally designated Kentucky Office in Rural Health (KORH), which was established in 1991 as a framework to link... FULL STORY
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Ambati Wins Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar Award in Aging

Posted: 10/30/2012
Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, professor of Physiology and professor and vice-chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine has been selected as an Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar in Aging, The award is bestowed to support and stimulate innovative research programs relevant to understanding lifespan development processes and age-related diseases and disabilities. The Ambati lab recently published articles in the journals Nature and Cell revealing a new function for a nebulous type of genetic material known as Alu repetitive elements: they showed that these “jumping genes” cause damage to cells in the retina in... FULL STORY
Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

UK AHEC and UKMED (Minority Education Development): A partnership with a

Posted: 10/25/2012
The UK Area Health Education Center is a proud co-sponsor of the annual welcome reception for students interested in Medical school. The University of Kentucky Minority Education Development for Prospective Medical Students (UKMED) is an annual program designed to specifically recruit self-identified underrepresented minority junior and senior pre-medical undergraduate students who have a strong interest in attending medical school upon graduation from college. The goals of UKMED are to: Increase interest shown by minority students in the medical profession Increase the number of minority student applicants to University of Kentucky College of Medicine Increase... FULL STORY
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Community Faculty aid the next generation of Health Care Professionals

Posted: 10/25/2012
On campus experiences are not sufficient to prepare fully competent health care professionals; it is absolutely critical that all students have the opportunity to learn alongside providers in the community. Click here to learn more.

Harlan Expo 2013

Posted: 10/25/2012
On October 17th at the Harlan Center in Harlan, Kentucky, Southeast Kentucky AHEC, which serves Bell, Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike, and Wolfe counties, co-sponsored our 2013 Health Careers Expo, along with Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital.  598 students were expected to attend this event from Harlan County High School, Pineville High School, Letcher Co. Area Technology Center, Leslie County Area Technology Center, Jenkins High School, Cumberland Elementary, and Letcher County High School.  Two schools, Harlan Independent and Bell Central High School did not attend due to fall... FULL STORY
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A Thank you to Community Faculty

Posted: 10/24/2012
At UK, we are committed to the notion that the education of a practitioner involves substantial immersion into community practice. In order to accommodate the students who flood communities across the state as part of their clinical experience, community faculty members are invaluable. Now in its 19th year, this annual collaborative conference brings together community faculty members, researchers and others from across the state as a way to simply say, thank you for the work that is done on behalf of the students we serve.