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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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