Recently published work by Drs. Gant, Blalock, Landfield and other colleagues was featured in The Scientist. Click here to read the story.
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Nearly half of Americans set some sort of resolution by Jan. 1; the top resolution in 2017 was to “lose weight/eat healthier.” Looking forward, many adults will probably continue with weight loss goals, as obesity rates reached an all-time high in October, at nearly 40 percent of adult Americans. But, I challenge you to make a different type of resolution for the coming year: a resolution for your gut bugs. At this very moment, there are trillions of bacteria living in your body – the majority in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Collectively, these bacteria are known as the microbiome. The bulk of them are symbiotic – in other... FULL STORY
2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)The Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Offers a research-training program to undergraduates after their sophomore year. This program is specifically for students who are interested in a career in basic research and related health care disciplines.Students will:Gain research experience in•Neuroscience and Cardiovascular Research•Nutritional and Metabolic Disorders •Network with local scientists and professionals in Pharmacological Sciences•Attend Workshops in Careers and Professional Development Skills•Present original researchhttps... FULL STORY
By Vice President for Research Lisa CassisThis summer 17 undergraduate students came to UK to participate in and learn about biomedical-related research. They took part in two 10-week programs: Summer Undergraduate Research in Environmental Sciences (SURES) and Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF).SURES and SURF are directed by Hollie Swanson, a professor in the UK College of Medicine Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences. SURES is federally funded for five years by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and supports student research on environmental exposures (heavy metals, organics, soil-based pathogens,... FULL STORY
Dr. Florin Despa was recently recognized at a reception honoring faculty promoted in UK’s College of Medicine. Dr. Despa is now a full Professor and among eleven other faculty achieving this rank in the college during the 2016-2017 academic year.
Congratulations to Dr. Sanda Despa who is the recipient of a new NIH R01 award entitled “Role of myocyte dysregulation in diabetic heart disease”. This ~$450K award from the National Institute of Heart, Lung and Blood Institute is funded through July 2021.
Dr. Shuxia Wang was recently appointed to UK’s Biological Sciences Area Advisory Committee. This appointment comes directly from President Capilouto and Dr. Wang will serve in an advisory capacity to both the Provost and the President on matters regarding the appointment, promotion and tenure of faculty. Congratulations, Dr. Wang, on this distinct recognition.
Dr. Swanson is currently recruiting graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to serve as near-peer mentors for our SURES (Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Environmental Health Sciences).In this program, undergraduate students (rising juniors and above) will be engaged in research projects focused on different areas of environmental health sciences in the Colleges of Agriculture, Food and the Environment, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy. In addition, the students will be involved in career-building and social activities through-out the summer (June -August). To enhance the guidance and support of the students, they will be paired with more... FULL STORY
Undergraduate Research Experience in Environmental Health Sciences (SURES) Program (2018)A research-training program for undergraduates after their sophomore year. This program is specifically for students who are interested in a careers in environmental health scienceshttps://surfsures.blogspot.com/Students will:• Gain research experience in research in: -Environmental exposures (heavy metals, organics, soil-based pathogens, nanomaterials, tobacco smoke and radon) -Environmentally associated diseases (cancer, neuropathology and metabolic diseases) •... FULL STORY
Organized by Drs. Loria and Yiannikouris.Sponsored by the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, SAHA Cardiovascular Research Center, and the Gill Heart InstituteScheduled Speakers: Dr. Jane F. Reckelhoff Title: “Sex differences in blood pressure control”Billy S. Guyton Distinguished ProfessorChair, Department of BiochemistryDirector, Women's Health Research Center Director, Research Development, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs University of Mississippi Medical Center Dr. Donna ArnettTitle: “Using AHA’s Life Simple Seven to Build Cardiovascular Health”Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health.Faculty member... FULL STORY
An array of scientific evidence demonstrates a correlation between diets high in fat and cholesterol content and blockages in the arteries, which lead to cardiovascular disease (CVD). But a lesser-known risk factor for CVD is exposure to the chemical compound biphenyl A, or BPA, a base component of consumer plastic products such as water bottles. A fundamental and ubiquitous commodity in modern life, plastics are inexpensive to produce, with more than 300 million tons processed in 2010. The World Economic Forum warns the amount of plastic in the world’s oceans will exceed the amount of fish, in terms of weight, by 2050 at the current rate of production. As a base... FULL STORY
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