Pilot Grants Expand Substance Use Research Opportunities

Posted: 8/11/2021
By Elizabeth Chapin WednesdayLEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 11, 2021) — New pilot grants at the University of Kentucky are supporting innovative research to further understand causes and treatments of substance use disorders.Since they were launched last year, UK’s Substance Use Research Priority Area (SUPRA) pilot grants have already assisted 16 faculty and student researchers. Their projects support SUPRA’s mission to prevent and reduce the burdens of substance use disorders through conducting and translating transdisciplinary and innovative research to inform clinical services, public health practice and policy.“We have several SUPRA pilot grant... FULL STORY

Behavioral Science Launches White Coats for Black Lives Fellowship

Posted: 8/3/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 3, 2021) — University of Kentucky College of Medicine students Thailandria Daniels and Megan Stewart were recently awarded inaugural Department of Behavioral Science White Coats for Black Lives Fellowships.The fellowships, initiated by Anita Fernander, Ph.D., former associate professor in the Department of Behavioral Science and supported by the department’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, were developed to enhance medical students’ understanding of health disparities, political and social inequalities, and health care inequities experienced by Black Americans.The fellowship was developed because the Department of... FULL STORY

UK Study to Reveal Health Equity Impacts of Flavored Tobacco Sale

Posted: 6/21/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 21, 2021) – A new University of Kentucky College of Medicine study will examine how policies that restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products including menthol cigarettes impact health disparities among vulnerable populations. A five-year, $2.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) will support the study on how local policies impact at-risk groups – including communities of color, low-income populations and youth – that are more likely to use flavored tobacco products.The results could help lawmakers create policies that are more equitable, says the study’s principal investigator Shyanika Rose, Ph.D., a faculty... FULL STORY

UK Helps Organize, Host Kremers Seminar on Exploring Opioids, Addiction

Posted: 5/24/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 24, 2021) — It's a question that is critical to families and communities across the Commonwealth — how do we tackle the opioid epidemic?The University of Kentucky is helping to organize and host the second annual Edward Kremers Seminar in the History of Pharmacy & Drugs in hopes of continuing the conversation surrounding addiction and recovery.The 2021 “Kreminar” will feature virtual seminars about the history and contemporary status of opiates, opioids and addiction.“The Cooperative for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) is pleased to co-sponsor these events because it is important to understand that drug use and... FULL STORY

Study Associates Use of TNF Alpha Inhibitors in Crohn’s Disease with

Posted: 5/11/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 11, 2021) — Dr. Jay Avasarala, professor of neurology and director of the University of Kentucky’s Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, and co-authors, conducted a retrospective study in which they evaluated approximately 96.5 million enrollees in a database. More than 200,000 of the enrollees had inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The research focused on looking at the effect of TNF-alpha inhibitors, biologic agents, used in IBD treatment on the probability of developing Multiple Sclerosis (MS).Findings from the study were recently published in the journal Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders. In the article, Avasarala explains, “... FULL STORY

Dr. William Stoops Awarded a 2020 APA Presidential Citation

Posted: 3/30/2021
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine congratulates William Stoops, PhD, professor in the departments of behavioral science and psychiatry, who has been awarded a 2020 Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association (APA).According to a news release from APA, Dr. Stoops received this honor for his “brilliant research, multidimensional leadership” and his “positive, enthusiastic demeanor.” He was presented this award by 2020 APA president Sandra L. Shullman.Dr. Stoops’s work at the APA includes service on the group’s council of editors and the advocacy coordinating committee. He also is serving a second term on the council of representatives for... FULL STORY

College of Medicine Appoints Thread Leaders to Enhance Medical Student

Posted: 2/8/2021
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is committed to enhancing its medical school curriculum and ensuring students are introduced to a variety of important topics as they pursue their medical education. It is with these goals in mind that the UK College of Medicine is excited to announce a new curricular initiative.The college has appointed three faculty members to lead newly created curricular threads, the Health Equity and Advocacy Thread and the Health System Science Thread. Through these new positions, these individuals will collaborate with course directors, clerkship directors, curriculum deans, and other faculty and staff to establish learning objectives... FULL STORY

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

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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Posted: 5/18/2020
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