Donghern Kim, Ph.D. selected 2nd Place Winner: Metals Specialty

Posted: 4/21/2015
Dr. Donghern Kim is selected 2nd place winner of the Metals Specialty Section Student Award in the Postdoctoral Scholar category for abstract “Chronic Exposure to Hexavalent Chromium Induced Angiogenesis via Activation of EGFR Signaling”, 54th annual meeting of Society of Toxicology, March 22-26, 2015, San Diego, CA.      

Study Translates Genetic Risk Factor into Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention

Posted: 4/2/2015
What if a failed leukemia drug could reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease? A team at the University of Kentucky recently led an effort to investigate this hypothesis. Their results were published today in the journal, Human Molecular Genetics. The UK researchers, led by Steve Estus at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, study a genetic variant in a gene called CD33 that reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The Estus group recently published findings suggesting that this variant promotes production of a truncated form of the CD33 protein that lacks a putative functional domain. The CD33 protein is present on microglia, the resident immune cells of the brain. CD33... FULL STORY
Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Aging, Alzheimer's disease

UK's Vanderford featured in Nature

Posted: 3/9/2015
Nathan Vanderford, assistant director for research at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center and assistant professor in the Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology, has a featured article on graduate education in the March 5 edition of Nature. Nature is one of the most prominent and prestigious interdisciplinary scientific journals in the world. Vanderford co-wrote an article titled, "Wanted: Information" with Viviane Callier from the Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship. In the piece, Vanderford and Callier examine why recent doctoral graduates are having trouble obtaining jobs. They note that doctoral students, specifically those in the science... FULL STORY
Tags: Graduate Center for Toxicology, Faculty, Publications

Mary Vore, PhD receives 2014 Willard Award

Posted: 11/6/2014
Mary Vore was recently awarded the 2014 William R. Willard Award. This award is the College’s highest honor given to individuals who have made singular contributions to the College’s missions in research, teaching and service. Educated at Asbury College, Mary obtained her Ph.D. in pharmacology at Vanderbilt University. She returned to Kentucky as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and rose through the ranks to Professor in 1986. Beginning with her role as Vice-Chair, Mary displayed her administrative abilities and subsequently held a number of other positions leading up to her current roles as Director of the Graduate Center for Toxicology... FULL STORY

Bridge to Doctorate Program Removes Barriers for Underrepresented Students

Posted: 5/5/2014
Growing up in the small rural town of Paintsville, Kentucky, Hilaree Frazier always loved science. She remembers that from a young age she was interested in pursing a PhD in science, but when she finished her bachelors of science at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), she was intimidated by the prospect of going straight into a doctoral program. Even though she was interested in UK's Integrated Biomedical Sciences PhD program, she didn't apply. "I think I just didn't have enough confidence," she said. "There weren't a lot of opportunities in science in my hometown." Her undergraduate advisor at EKU suggested that she apply to a program a called the Kentucky Bridge... FULL STORY
Tags: Graduate Education

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

Posted: 4/17/2014
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
Tags: Markey Cancer Center

Congratulations to Joanne Collazo for passing her Ph.D. defense

Posted: 12/2/2013
Congratulations to Joanne Collazo for passing her Ph.D. defense on Wednesday, 11/26/2013!

UK's Arts In Healthcare Program Announces Holiday Programming

Posted: 12/2/2013
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
Tags: Arts in Healthcare

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

Posted: 12/2/2013
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
Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Alzheimer's research

Congratulations to Cassandra Reiling for passing her Ph.D. defense

Posted: 11/18/2013
Congratulations to Cassandra Reiling for passing her Ph.D. defense in Toxicology on Friday, 11/15/2013!

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

Posted: 11/5/2013
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
Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, 490, Invited Speaker Seminar

Ambati Receives Junius-Kuhnt Award

Posted: 11/1/2013
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
Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences