UK HEALing Communities Strategy Fast-Tracked Due to COVID-19

HEAL investigator Dr. Michelle Lofwall holds up a single dose of a naloxone nasal spray. UK Photo | Pete Comparoni Posted: 5/14/2020
Since the $87 million HEALing Communities Study was announced just over a year ago, the University of Kentucky and its community and state partners have been working diligently to lay the groundwork to get the project up and running.The ambitious study is organized into six phases, beginning with the basic preparations and leading into actual implementation and monitoring of various evidence-based strategies to reduce opioid deaths. The project is broken down into two waves of eight counties each, with each wave starting at different times. Project activities for the first wave of eight counties – Boyd, Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Kenton... FULL STORY

Could a Telehealth Program Improve Outcomes for Justice-Involved Women?

Posted: 5/7/2020
NIH HEAL InitiativeSM’s research is testing system to link incarcerated women to outside opioid use disorder services before leaving jail.For those with opioid use disorder (OUD), the first days after leaving jail are a time of extremely high risk.1 To learn how to better prevent relapse and overdose, researchers are testing ways to connect inmates with community-based treatment and support services for OUD before they are released.  That’s the goal of the  Women’s Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (WJCOIN), a new research project supported by the Helping to End Addiction Long-termSM Initiative, or the NIH HEAL InitiativeSM. WJCOIN is... FULL STORY

Dr. Stoops Elected President of National Group Dedicated to Addressing

Posted: 2/12/2020
William W. Stoops, PhD, professor within the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been elected as president of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), the longest standing group in the U.S. dedicated to addressing issues of drug dependence and abuse.The national organization, with more than 1,000 members, offers a platform for scientists to improve the understanding of the molecular-neurobiological aspects of addictive disorders while developing treatments, promoting scientific discovery, and advocating for policies that advance addiction research and treatment.Through this leadership position, Dr. Stoops will function as chief executive officer,... FULL STORY

UK Launches $15 Million KeY Treat Study in Perry County

Posted: 1/22/2020
Today, University of Kentucky officials provided updates on the recently launched Kentucky Viral Hepatitis Treatment Project (KeY Treat), a three-year, $15 million study co-funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) with the ultimate goal of eradicating the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in Perry County, Kentucky.Led by UK College of Medicine Professor Jennifer Havens, the study is examining whether removing barriers associated with accessing direct-acting antivirals for the treatment of HCV will impact the health of citizens in Perry County. Gilead Sciences, Inc. is providing free doses... FULL STORY

'Behind the Blue': UK Researcher Jennifer Havens Works to

Jennifer Havens | UK Photo Pete Comparoni Posted: 11/22/2019
The University of Kentucky is tackling many of Kentucky’s toughest health issues through research aimed at making documented, measured progress.Among the many ongoing examples of UK’s faculty researchers focusing their skills to combat a major health challenge is Jennifer Havens, professor of behavioral science in the UK College of Medicine and a faculty member in the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research.In this edition of the Behind the Blue Podcast, Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Strategic Communications talks with Havens about a project she is leading to combat Hepatitis C.

UK Law to Host Panel of Experts for 'Unbelievable' Discussion

The "Unbelievable" Panel Discussion will take place Nov. 11. Flyer courtesy of: UK College of Law. Posted: 11/5/2019
The University of Kentucky College of Law will host a panel comprising experienced professionals including prosecutors, advocates, social workers, trauma therapists, journalists and psychologists to discuss the themes and events covered in “Unbelievable,” a Netflix series about sexual assault. The discussion will take place noon Monday, Nov. 11, in the G. Chad Perry III Grand Courtroom located inside the College of Law and is free and open to the public.The panel will be moderated by UK Law Robert E. Harding Jr. Associate Professor Blanche Cook, whose primary areas of expertise include criminal law and procedure, evidence, trial advocacy and sex... FULL STORY

Dean DiPaola, Dr. Studts honored with MediStar Awards

Posted: 11/1/2019
The 2019 MediStar Awards honored University of Kentucky College of Medicine Dean Robert S. DiPaola, MD, and Jamie L. Studts, Ph.D., professor in the UK College of Medicine Department of Behavioral Science. Since 2007, IGE Media, publisher of Medical News, has recognized excellence in the business of healthcare at the exclusive MediStar Awards, which honors healthcare professionals for their achievements in advocacy, innovation, education, leadership and aging care.This year, more than 45 individuals and organizations across Kentucky and southern Indiana were represented as MediStar Award nominees.  Winners were announced at the MediStar... FULL STORY
Tags: Behavioral Science, MediStar, Lung Cancer, Northern Kentucky Campus, College of Medicine Bowling Green Campus

'Behind the Blue': How UK, State Partners Are Working to Help

Behind the Blue Logo Posted: 10/3/2019
The University of Kentucky recently received an $8.8 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, to establish a Clinical Research Center as part of the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) to support research on quality addiction treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) in criminal justice settings nationwide. The awards, totaling an estimated $155 million, will support the multi-year innovation network, including 10 research institutions and two centers that will provide supportive infrastructure.At UK, the grant will be used to create the Kentucky Women’s Justice Community... FULL STORY

UK Awarded $8.8 Million to Support Opioid Treatment for Women in Criminal

Posted: 9/20/2019
The University of Kentucky recently received an $8.8 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, to establish a Clinical Research Center as part of the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) to support research on quality addiction treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) in criminal justice settings nationwide. The awards, totaling an estimated $155 million, will support the multi-year innovation network, including 10 research institutions and two centers that will provide supportive infrastructure.At UK, the grant will be used to create the Kentucky Women’s Justice Community... FULL STORY
Tags: Behavioral Science, Opiod Abuse

Lung Cancer Screening Awareness Campaign Focuses on At-Risk Kentuckians

Posted: 6/17/2019
The GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer (formerly known as Lung Cancer Alliance and the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation) is conducting a statewide education campaign in partnership with the University of Kentucky to bring lung cancer screening awareness to the thousands of Kentuckians at risk for the disease. The campaign stems from the Kentucky LEADS Collaborative (Lung Cancer, Education, Awareness, Detection, Survivorship), a project led by UK, University of Louisville, and the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer.As part of the Kentucky LEADS effort to reduce lung cancer in the state, educational ads are airing in cable television... FULL STORY
Tags: Cancer, Research

UK's First Bridge Clinic Offers Immediate Access to Opioid Treatment

Posted: 4/23/2019
After being revived with Naloxone in the emergency room, patients immediately enter withdrawal. Cold chills, vomiting, diarrhea – “dope sickness” is what many call it. The feeling is hard to describe, but many people who’ve experienced it or witnessed it say it’s like the worst flu times 10.This is a hard time to talk with patients about treatment and recovery and about the hard work they would need to do to reclaim their lives. When the Kentucky Cabinet for Family and Health Services put out a call for ideas to improve access to evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD), Drs. Laura Fanucchi, Michelle Lofwall and Sharon Walsh submitted a proposal.... FULL STORY
Tags: Center for Drug Abuse Research Translation, Research

UK, Kentucky Awarded $87 Million to Lead Effort in Combating Nation's

Posted: 4/18/2019
In the largest grant ever awarded to the University of Kentucky, researchers from UK's Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR) and across campus — in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet (JPSC) — will lead a project as part of the HEALing Communities study.The four-year, more than $87 million study has an ambitious but profoundly important goal: reducing opioid overdose deaths by 40 percent in 16 counties that represent more than a third of Kentucky’s population.The university’s largest previous grant was a $25 million award for math and science education in Appalachia.More... FULL STORY
Tags: Opioid Treatment, Research, Grants and Funding