In a society that values gender equality, it's important to remember that there are differences between the sexes that directly impact health.One area in critical need of further study is cardiovascular health. For the past four years, two junior faculty at the University of Kentucky have invested their efforts to host a symposium where outstanding scientists from UK and universities across the country present new scientific advances in women's heart health and explore translational cardiovascular research areas that merit further study.The Fourth Annual Healthy Hearts for Women Symposium, held on Feb. 2, 2018, was the brainchild of Analia Loria and Frédérique... FULL STORY
Members of the NSPS (Jared D. Hoffman, Brittany B. Rice, Kaiyuan Tan and James T.F. Wise) and Dr. Police published an article in the February edition of Health and Wellness magazine. Nice job, students! The magazine is available at this link; the online article is here. Hard copies are available outside the Big Blue deli.
Dr. Changcheng Zhou and fellow departmental and UK colleagues, including Drs. Yipeng Sui, Zun Liu, Se-Yhung Park, Sean Thatcher and Phil Kern, have published in the new journal JCI Insight, a sister publication of the Journal of Clinical Investigation. In this new study, they identify a key molecular switch that triggers the adipogenic and osteogenic differentiation of stem cells, a finding that will help identify targets of intervention for obesity, diabetes and other metabolic diseases that afflict our state of Kentucky. A link to the article can be found here.
Agenda8:15 - 9:00 Breakfast-Registration9:00 - 9:05 Introduction 9:05 - 9:30Dr. Donna Arnett(Dean, College of Public Heath, UK)" Cardiovascular Health in Women"9:30 - 10:20 Dr. Virginia Miller(Mayo Clinic)“Sex-specific risk for cardiovascular disease”10:20 - 10:45Break10:45-11:35Dr. Franck Mauvais-Jarvis(Tulane University School of Medicine)“Novel mechanisms of estrogens anti-diabetic actions in women”11:35-12:00 Dr. Jill Barnes(University of Wisconsin-Madison) “Sex specific factors regulating pressure and flow”Following the Symposium, a Workshop“How to address sex as... FULL STORY
Alzheimer's disease wreaks emotional havoc on patients who are robbed of their memories, their dignity and their lives. It’s financially devastating as well: care for Alzheimer's patients is predicted to top $1 trillion by the time children born today are having children of their own.Alzheimer's begins its destruction decades before there are outward signs of memory loss, so some recent scientific effort has focused on recognizing the earliest signs that portend disease onset. Those telltale signs, called biomarkers, would enable patients to receive treatment for Alzheimer's sooner, thereby delaying the disease's devastating progress or stopping it... FULL STORY
Dr. Lisa Cassis talks about recent significant achievements in UK's research enterprise (click here).
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.
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