GRADUATE STUDENT NEWSLETTER

Posted: 9/14/2015

UK Behavioral Scientist Named to Prestigious NIH Grant Review Panel

Posted: 9/4/2015
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review recently appointed University of Kentucky behavioral pharmacologist William W. Stoops, Ph.D., as a charter member of its new Interventions to Prevent and Treat Addictions study section. Members selected for service on the committee demonstrate competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evident by the quality of their research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors. In his appointed capacity, Stoops will review grant applications for scientific merit and survey the status of research in various... FULL STORY
Tags: Behavioral Science, Faculty, Awards and Recognition

'UK at the Half' Reports on $7 Million Grant to Fight Lung Cancer

Posted: 12/8/2014
University of Kentucky College of Medicine faculty member in behavioral science and Director of the Kentucky LEADS Collaborative Dr. Jamie Studts was featured during the "UK at the Half" that aired during the UK vs. Providence College basketball game, broadcast on the radio Nov. 30. The Kentucky LEADS Collaborative received a three-year, $7 million grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation's Bridging Cancer Care Initiative. Kentucky has more cases of lung cancer than any other state and its lung cancer mortality rate is 50 percent higher than the national average. The collaborative includes the UK Markey Cancer Center, The University of Louisville's James Graham... FULL STORY
Tags: Behavioral Science, Lung Cancer, 490

UK Behavioral Researcher Conducts Attorney General's State Domestic

Posted: 11/17/2014
When cases of intimate partner domestic violence appear in national news, University of Kentucky behavioral researcher TK Logan said she often hears the question, "Why don't women leave?" Logan, who studies violence against women and the prevention of intimate partner violence, said the better question is, "Why doesn't he leave her alone?" In many cases, victims of intimate partner domestic violence are bound by circumstances that make walking away impossible. And, if they do walk away, they often endure threats, stalking and harassment by their abusive partner. Logan recently collaborated with Commonwealth Attorney General Jack Conway's Office of Victim's... FULL STORY
Tags: Behavioral Science

Center for Health Services Research Launches Website, Invites Membership

Posted: 9/5/2014
The University of Kentucky Center for Health Services Research (CHSR), which serves as a connector, catalyst and creator at UK and UK HealthCare, announces the launch of its new website and seeks membership applicants for its efforts in applying research to optimize health care delivery. The CHSR is focused on creating, testing, and scaling next-generation health services research solutions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health delivery within Kentucky and beyond. Building on UK’s culture of collaboration and leveraging UK's extensive resources and talented faculty, the CHSR represents a unique center that will accelerate discovery of new knowledge... FULL STORY

Research Investigates Another "Kentucky Ugly"

Posted: 8/13/2014
From the New York Times to visits from the director of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, health disparities in Appalachia are receiving a lot of attention, and for good reason. The list is sadly familiar: life expectancy in the region is about five years lower than national averages; rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes, and unintentional injury are among the very worst in the country; and myriad socioeconomic and geographic barriers limit access to health insurance and care. Former University of Kentucky President Lee Todd Jr. famously referred to these measures as the "Kentucky uglies." Kentucky has yet another "ugly,"... FULL STORY
Tags: Behavioral Science

UK Psychologist Creating Online Tool to Help Patients Navigate Lung Cancer

Posted: 7/30/2014
The phrase "we caught it early" is possibly the best news a patient can hear in the midst of a cancer diagnosis. Combating cancer in its earliest stages, when the disease is localized to a certain part of the body, gives patients the best chances of survival. Screenings for breast, skin, colon, prostate and other forms of cancer are touted for saving lives through early detection. Many health care providers recommend cancer screenings as a precautionary measure, especially for high-risk patients. But in the case of lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, the patient's decision to undergo a screening process is more complex. According... FULL STORY
Tags: Behavioral Science, Early detection of lung cancer

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

Silent Auction Benefits Shoulder to Shoulder Clinic in Ecuador

Posted: 4/2/2014
The University of Kentucky Chapter of the International Federation of Medical Student Associations (IFMSA) will host the 10th annual Art of Healing silent auction on Wednesday, April 2. The auction will be held in Biological and Biomedical Sciences Research Building (BBSRB) atrium from noon to 5 p.m. Winning bidders may pick up their art from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The auction items feature the handiwork of local and international artists and current students, including pottery, paintings, wood carvings, and accessories. Proceeds from the art auction benefit the Shoulder to Shoulder clinic in Ecuador. Shoulder to Shoulder, an initiative supported by many of the... FULL STORY
Tags: Medical Education, Auction

CROWD Lets You Give Back Through Participation in Clinical Research

Posted: 2/12/2014
Many Kentuckians join the crowds of fans at University of Kentucky athletic events. The UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) hopes that just as many people will "Be Part of the CROWD" - the Clinical Research Opportunities WildcatDatabase. CROWD is a secure and confidential tool that helps match people who are interested in participating in clinical research with current and potential future studies at the University of Kentucky. Across UK's campus, researchers are working towards new cures, treatments, and strategies to improve human health, especially for diseases that disproportionately affect Kentuckians. Of... FULL STORY
Tags: Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Patterns of Cancer Screening in Appalachian Women

Posted: 1/22/2014
A new study by University of Kentucky researchers shows that women who never or rarely screen for breast cancer are also unlikely to receive screening for cervical cancer. The study also identified four key barriers independently associated with the lack of these cancer screenings in Appalachian women. Published in Women... FULL STORY
Tags: Cancer, Behavioral Science, Appalachian Kentucky

Bastos-Carvalho Receives Bayer Grant

Posted: 1/13/2014
Ana Bastos-Carvalho, a visiting scholar in the Ambati research group in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, received the Global Ophthalmology Research Award from Bayer HealthCare for her research, "Mechanisms of geographic atrophy expansion in age-related macular degeneration." http://www.bayer-ophthalmology-awards.com/html/b-about-c.html “We are studying age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the disease responsible for most cases of legal blindness in the American elderly population”, Bastos-Carvalho said. “The project awarded by Bayer focuses on unraveling how AMD progresses, which will hopefully... FULL STORY
Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, 490