From Patient to Colleague: New Faculty Member Praises UK Ophthalmologist

Posted: 1/31/2022
When Elizabeth Rhodus, PhD, was 16 years old, she suffered a near-fatal car accident, which left her with significant injuries that included fractures around her eye socket. Dr. Rhodus had already struggled with eye muscle problems that this accident only exacerbated.The rural Kentucky native was admitted to UK HealthCare and along her journey, was treated by an ophthalmologist who not only provided her with exceptional care, but who also became an influential figure in her own path to a career in academic medicine.Julia Stevens, MD, professor of ophthalmology and pediatrics and advanced development director for ophthalmology, coordinated care for Dr. Rhodus by treating... FULL STORY

New UK Program Will Address Rural Cancer Health Disparities

Posted: 11/19/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 19, 2021) — A new training program at the University of Kentucky will help develop the next generation of scientists needed to reduce Kentucky’s burden of high cancer incidence and mortality rates.Funded by a $764,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute, Addressing Rural cancer Inequities through Scientific Excellence (ARISE) is focused on preparing postdoctoral researchers to address cancer-related health disparities in Appalachian Kentucky.“Appalachian residents suffer from some of the highest rates of cancer in the nation. ARISE is helping to meet the critical need for more researchers who can develop and implement evidence-... FULL STORY

UK Study: Tobacco Marketing Exposure Linked to Community Vulnerability

Posted: 10/21/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 21, 2021) — A recent University of Kentucky College of Medicine study found that young adults from vulnerable communities are more likely to be exposed to tobacco marketing in their daily lives than are young adults outside these communities.The study’s findings may help community leaders create policies that reduce exposure to tobacco marketing, says study author Shyanika Rose, Ph.D., a faculty member of UK’s Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET), assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Science and member of the Markey Cancer Center Cancer Prevention and Control Program.“Young adults... FULL STORY

College of Medicine Recognized for Diversity and Inclusion Efforts with

Posted: 10/18/2021
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine has received the 2021 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.As a recipient of the annual Health Professions HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. health colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — the UK College of Medicine will be featured, along with 50 other recipients, in the December 2021 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.The University of Kentucky has received the HEED Award and has been... FULL STORY

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