New Center Established to Address Kentucky Health Disparities

Posted: 7/25/2018
At the University for Kentucky, understanding and addressing the health needs of the people of the Commonwealth is the goal of many faculty, staff, clinicians and researchers. As a step toward improving health equity, the University of Kentucky Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) was established and recently approved by the UK Board of Trustees. Kentucky has the highest national rates of cancer incidence and mortality as well as high rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, substance abuse and other diseases. These burdensome health conditions disproportionately impact rural, racial/ethnic minorities, sexual minorities and those from lower socioeconomic... FULL STORY
Tags: Behavioral Science, Health Equity, Research

Department of Behavioral Science Chair Search

Posted: 6/21/2018
Department Chair The College of Medicine seeks a dynamic academic and research driven innovative leader to serve as its next Chair for the Department of Behavioral Science and invites applications for the position.This is a unique opportunity to build upon a strong and diverse foundation to substantially impact the behavioral health challenges facing the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond. Therefore, we desire a visionary Chair with an understanding of the future of behavioral science for the Commonwealth and demonstrated leadership abilities.HistoryThe Department of Behavioral Science (BSC) at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine was founded in 1959 by... FULL STORY

UK Researchers Publish Study on New Therapy to Treat Opioid Use Disorder

Posted: 5/22/2018
Better delivery of medications to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) is key to addressing the opioid crisis and helping the 2.6 million Americans affected by the disease.While FDA-approved medications are effective for treating persons with OUD, including buprenorphine, methadone and naltrexone, each has its own unique barriers that impact patient access to care. Buprenorphine, used to treat the symptoms of withdrawal and stave off cravings, is used primarily in formulations that are taken sublingually, in the form of pills and films. Despite being effective and efficacious in treating OUD, the formulation has limitations such as misuse and nonadherence, diversion... FULL STORY
Tags: Center for Drug Abuse Research Translation, Opiod Abuse

UK Honors the 2018-2019 University Research Professors

Posted: 5/3/2018
This week, it was my distinct pleasure to present the University Research Professorship Awards to 14 members of our faculty who have demonstrated excellence in research and creative work that addresses scientific, social, cultural, economic and health challenges in our region and around the world.At a reception hosted by President Eli Capilouto at Maxwell Place, with their families, deans, associate deans for research and nominators on hand to celebrate with them, we had the opportunity to recognize and publicize the accomplishments of these scholars.The University Research Professorships were established by the UK Board of Trustees in 1976 to recognize outstanding... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, Awards and Recognition

William Stoops Explores the Psychology of Drug Addiction

Posted: 1/29/2018
One undergraduate psychology course changed William Stoops' life.Originally Stoops planned to major in French, but after taking more psychology classes and getting involved in intensive, hands-on research, he decided in his senior year to devote his professional life to the study of the behavioral effects of drugs."I was fascinated by the idea that we can rigorously and scientifically study the effects of drugs," said Stoops. "It's not as simple as somebody is an addict, or someone has a drug use disorder…there's so much more to it, and it's in that nuance where we can identify treatments and interventions."Stoops earned both his master's and doctoral degree at UK, under... FULL STORY
Tags: Behavioral Science, Research

$2.9 Million NIDA Grant Awarded to UK Researcher to Study Cocaine Use

Posted: 11/27/2017
Does reducing the use of cocaine, but not abstaining from the substance entirely, produce health benefits? There's currently little research available that answers that question. William Stoops, Ph.D., professor in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and director of regulatory knowledge and support for the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science, has received a $2.9 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to find more answers.Stoops hopes his research will contribute to the evolving knowledge of treatment for cocaine use disorder (CUD), a substance use disorder that currently has no well-established... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, Behavioral Science

UK's Successful Research Career Development Program Receives Renewed

Posted: 11/20/2017
University of Kentucky's Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) program has not only supported faculty and researchers in their work, but also jump-started careers, aided in the publication of research and helped forge partnerships and mentorships across disciplines.Created in 2000 and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) under the National Institute of Health (NIH), a new five-year, $2.5 million grant will continue UK's tradition of excellence in mentoring young scholars to become independent researchers if the field of women's health. Of the 24 active BIRCWH programs nationwide, UK is only one of two institutions to have... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, Women's Health

'Faith Moves Mountains' Initiative Continues with $3.1 Million

Posted: 11/1/2017
Since 2004, Nancy Schoenberg, the Marion Pearsall Professor of Behavioral Science in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been principal investigator of a series of projects called "Faith Moves Mountains," including “An Appalachian Cervical Cancer Prevention Program,” “A CBPR Appalachian Wellness and Cancer Prevention Program,” and “An Intergenerational CBPR Intervention to Reduce Appalachian Health Disparities.”Earlier this fall, she and her team of community and university researchers in the UK College of Medicine and the UK College of Public Health were awarded a new five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive... FULL STORY
Tags: Diabetes, Research

CDAR Director Delivers Lecture Reserved for Pioneers in Drug Abuse Research

Posted: 6/19/2017
UK Center on Drug and Alcohol Research director Sharon Walsh will deliver the honorary Marian W. Fischman Lectureship during the College on Drug Dependence Annual Conference, June 17-22 in Montreal, Canada. Memorializing the late research pioneer Marian Fischman, the lectureship is bestowed to a woman scientist who has created transformative change in the field of drug abuse research. Fischman used controlled scientific experiments to test cocaine’s effect on humans, establishing scientific models for testing drug treatments to counteract the effects of drugs of abuse that are widely accepted in the field today. Walsh, who first came to know Fischman during a post-... FULL STORY
Tags: CDAR, Behavioral Science

Third Annual Appalachian Research Day Shares Results of Health Studies

Posted: 6/1/2017
The Third Annual Appalachian Research Day was held May 24 in Hazard, Ky., hosted by the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH). The event invites researchers and community members to “come sit on the porch” and share research findings with the local communities involved in the studies.  Rural Appalachian communities experience some of the most severe health disparities in the nation, and community-based research is an effective method to identify problems and develop collaborative, effective solutions.This type of engaged research begins at the local level, built upon the foundation of relationships with individuals, neighborhoods, and... FULL STORY
Tags: Center of Excellence in Rural Health, Research

UK Neuroscientist Authors Study Using Brain Imaging to Assess Mental

Posted: 3/23/2017
To prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt, jurors must find evidence a defendant was culpable of a criminal act. Culpability refers to a person’s awareness and mental state, and in cases of criminal conviction, the degree of culpability or “guiltiness” dictates the degree of punishment. Depending on culpability, a punishment ranges from a small fine to life in prison.Legal statutes across the United States specify four psychological states a person can be in while committing a crime, including states of knowledge, or 100 percent awareness of criminal behavior, and recklessness, which is uncertainty or not knowing of criminal behavior. Previous studies have shown jurors... FULL STORY
Tags: Behavioral Science, Faculty

Fighting Substance Abuse by Empowering Incarcerated Women

Posted: 2/2/2017
Michele Staton-Tindall grew up in rural Appalachia during a time when people felt so safe they didn’t even lock their doors at night. The ensuing drug epidemic that now ravages her former home has dramatically impacted the lives of the Appalachian people and broken that sense of security.Staton-Tindall, an associate professor in the Department of Behavioral Science at the University of Kentucky's College of Medicine, and a faculty associate at the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, has made it her mission to make a positive difference in the Appalachia, particularly for women in the criminal justice population who have fallen prey to substance abuse... FULL STORY
Tags: CDAR, Drug Abuse, Behavioral Science