Research Establishes a New Method to Predict Individual Risk of Cognitive

Posted: 2/5/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2021) — The early prognosis of high-risk older adults for amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), using non-invasive and sensitive neuromarkers, is key for early prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.A recent study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, by researchers at the University of Kentucky establishes what they believe is a new way to predict the risk years before a clinical diagnosis. Their work shows that direct measures of brain signatures during mental activity are more sensitive and accurate predictors of memory decline than current standard behavioral testing.“Many studies have measured electrophysiological... FULL STORY

Faculty members of color see 'illusion of inclusion'

Posted: 1/7/2021
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2021/01/06/faculty-members-color-see-illusion-inclusion

Dr. Nancy Schoenberg Invited to Present at NIH Behavioral and Social

Posted: 11/10/2020
Nancy Schoenberg, PhD, professor of behavioral science and director of the Center for Health Equity Transformation, has been invited to present her research at the Behavioral and Social Science Research Festival. The festival, which will be held virtually, will take place 1-4 p.m. EST on Dec. 1-2, 2020, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of The Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The OBSSR will highlight NIH-supported researchers who are leaders in their field and have made "impactful long-term contributions to behavioral and social sciences research," according to its website. For... FULL STORY
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Dr. Matthew Bush Highlights Positive Experience in UK College of Medicine

Posted: 10/19/2020
Matthew Bush, MD, PhD, MBA, is an experienced clinician, academic leader, and researcher. While he has been directly involved in health care and academia throughout his career, he credits the progress of his research career to a program he completed at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine while serving as a faculty member.One of Dr. Bush’s biggest career objectives when he joined UK in 2011 was to expand the breadth and impact of research within his department and within his field. As a clinician he knew he needed to receive more training to grow as a researcher because medical training by itself doesn’t always offer rigorous, immersive training in clinical... FULL STORY
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COVID-19 EXPERIENCE STUDY

Posted: 5/18/2020
How are you coping with COVID-19 pandemic? What challenges do you face? This brief, anonymous survey explores social and psycholgical responses to this unprecedented global event.COVID-19 EXPERIENCE STUDY

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
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