Six teams of researchers and physician scientists have become the inaugural recipients of pilot funding from the new Multidisciplinary Value Program (MVP), which aims to boost team science that will impact University of Kentucky patients and wellbeing in the Commonwealth. Each MVP team will launch a new clinical trial that brings cutting-edge science to patients and communities.Kentucky has many of the worst health outcomes in the nation, and addressing the multidimensional underpinnings of these disparities requires a range of expertise that bridges research, patient care, education, and community engagement. The MVP provides a new opportunity and up to $100,000 in... FULL STORY
University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) is hosting its sixth annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia on Nov. 4-5. This two-day program will offer sessions for both the scientific and community audiences. Clinicians and researchers from UK and other institutions will come together to share current findings, trends and the latest updates on dementia and aging disorders, particularly as related to Alzheimer’s disease. The Markesbery Symposium is in honor of the late Dr. William R. Markesbery, the founder and long-time director of the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and an internationally renowned expert on aging and dementia. On... FULL STORY
Dr. Ginny Sprang, professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Psychiatry and executive director of UK’s Center on Trauma and Children (CTAC), has been awarded a $2 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. When Sprang began her research she focused on the field of traumatic stress, investigating event-specific factors that influenced how trauma manifested in people of all ages. Her experience as a psychotherapist working with violence exposed children began to shape the trauma research she conducted. For 21 years, Sprang has conducted child trauma research at UK and served as a local and national leader in the field... FULL STORY
Robert DiPaola, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, was featured during "UK at the Half" that aired during the UK at Florida football game, broadcast on radio Sept. 10.DiPaola, who came to UK March 1, talks about his impressions of the college and the university, including the collaborative nature, strong leadership and strength of faculty.To hear the Sept. 10 "UK at the Half," visit the UKNOW site. To view a transcript of the show, click here."UK at the Half" airs during the halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast and is hosted by Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Marketing. UK is the University for ... FULL STORY
The Academic Convocation and Awards Ceremony is an annual presentation of awards to students and faculty for outstanding achievement in academics, service, research and teaching during the previous year. Convocation will include the Munich Memorial Lecture featuring Robert S. DiPaola, M.D., Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Dean DiPaola will deliver the “State of the College of Medicine: Direction for the Future.” A light reception will follow. To download the flyer for this event, click here.
The Academic Convocation and Awards Ceremony is an annual presentation of awards to students and faculty for outstanding achievement in academics, service, research and teaching during the previous year. Convocation will include the Munich Memorial Lecture featuring Robert S. DiPaola, M.D., Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Dean DiPaola will deliver the “State of the College of Medicine: Direction for the Future.” A light reception will follow.To download the flyer for Academic Convocation and Awards Day, click here.
The University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital is one of the nation’s “100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs” in Becker’s Hospital Review magazine's recently released compilation of leading cancer care providers in the United States. The UK Markey Cancer Center, whose clinical programs are integrated with UK Chandler Hospital, received a National Cancer Institute cancer center designation in July 2013.According to the health care industry trade publication, organizations included on the 2016 list are “leading the way in terms of clinical expertise, patient outcomes and influential cancer research.” In choosing UK as a top oncology... FULL STORY
White coat ceremonies are held at medical schools across the country and are always meaningful for faculty and staff. New medical students begin their commitment to educating and caring for their fellow citizens. For Dr. Donna Grigsby, chief of the Division of General Academic Pediatrics, this year’s ceremony will be especially meaninfgul. Dr. Grigsby’s son, Charlie Grigsby, will be one of the students on stage receiving a white coat. It’s not uncommon for medical students to have parents in the medical profession. While Charlie says seeing that his mom “really loved her job” eventually influenced his decision to pursue medicine, it wasn’t always the path he thought... FULL STORY
The UK College of Medicine will host the Class of 2020 White Coat Ceremony on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at the Otis A. Singletary Center for the Arts located at 405 Rose Street. Save the date and join us on this memorable day as we share in the excitement for our incoming medical students. This event is free and open to the public. There will be a reception following the ceremony. To download the flyer for this event, click here.
Growing up in Hazard, Kentucky, Brittany Martin was familiar with diabetes. Many of her older relatives had been diagnosed with the chronic condition, and her younger family members were starting to develop it as well. In a state with one of the highest rates of diabetes — 11.3 percent of adults had a diagnosis in 2014 —Martin’s family wasn’t out of the ordinary, but she found the status quo unacceptable. Since she graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2014 with a dual degree in biology and sociology, Martin’s family history and her interest in health have converged in her current role as coordinator of the Big Sandy Diabetes Coalition (BSDC), where she serves... FULL STORY
Established in 2005, the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Pipeline Program works to further the interest of students in health professions. One of the goals of AHEC is to increase the number of health care providers in the Commonwealth. A popular manifestations of this program is the Summer Health Careers Camps. Open to Kentuckians, who are juniors or seniors in high school, camps allow students to interact with professionals from a variety of medical fields. There are two camp options, Summer Enrichment Camp, which lasts four weeks or Health Researchers Youth Academy, which lasts two weeks. Both camps are located at UK and students stay in residence halls. Funded... FULL STORY
Most high school students are exposed to history, biology and algebra classes, but a fortunate group of students from Lexington's Bryan Station High School (BSHS) had the unique opportunity during the past year to examine gross specimens in a pathology lab, tour hospital testing laboratories, attend medical lectures and even take part in an intensive care unit (ICU) simulation training, among other activities that are part of the curriculum for University of Kentucky medical students. Four BSHS students were chosen by their school educators to participate in a health sciences mentoring program for economically disadvantaged but ambitious African American students.... FULL STORY