'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

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